Crab and Asparagus Gnocchi and Cheese

Gnocchi replaces macaroni in this creamy, comforting gnocchi and cheese dish. I mixed in some crab meat and asparagus, you can mix in whatever you’d like!

Crab and Asparagus Gnocchi and Cheese

The other day, Hubby texted me to say I should work from home. He goes in to work at the crack of dawn (around 6am) as I’m just getting out of bed. He warned me that the roads were bad, so with my car being not so great on slippery roads, I heeded his warning and worked from home.

As the day progressed and more snow fell, it was starting to become one of those days where you just want some pure comfort food. I had been eyeing this recipe for a while so I had most of the ingredients on hand – score. I really wouldn’t have to leave the house that day (or change out of my pajamas).

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Hubby went to shovel the driveway right after getting home from work and when he came back in we sat down to eat. Now he’s wishing I would work from home more often. 🙂 I love that this recipe uses gnocchi instead of pasta. I used real crab meat, which definitely isn’t cheap, but it’s SO worth the splurge on this recipe. You can taste crab in every bite since the meat is basically shredded and mixed in.

Crab and Asparagus Gnocchi and Cheese

I added asparagus to the recipe because I wanted something green in there. You could leave it out or sub something else in if you wanted. I also reduced the amount of bread crumbs on top after reading the comments on the original recipe. I would love to make this again with different mix-ins. I’m thinking ham and peas would be great.

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Crab and Asparagus Gnocchi and Cheese

Gnocchi replaces macaroni in this creamy, comforting gnocchi and cheese dish. I mixed in some crab meat and asparagus, you can mix in whatever you'd like!

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

16 oz gnocchi
1 lb cooked crab meat
1 lb asparagus, chopped
4 Tbsp butter, divided
2 Tbsp flour
3 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 oz shredded gruyere
6 oz shredded havarti
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
pinch smoked paprika
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat. Bring to a boil, and cooked the gnocchi according to the package instructions.

Drain the gnocchi and place in a 9X9 inch baking dish. Add the asparagus and crab meat and mix.

In a large sauce pot melt half of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour followed by the garlic and lemon zest. Cook for another minute, then add the milk and whisk until smooth.

Once the mixture is warm, add the cheeses. Stir to blend, then add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and paprika. Once smooth, taste for salt and pour the cheese mixture over the crab, asparagus, and gnocchi. Mix and smooth in the baking dish.

Then melt the remaining butter and toss with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs, and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the edges are bubbly and the top is golden.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve warm.

Recipe adapted from A Spicy Perspective

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16 Responses to “Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad”

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    Kelsey — January 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I’m with you–every ingredient in this salad is a winner on it’s own. Together? Forgetaboutit! The colors are beautiful and I can imagine how great it tastes with the balance of bitter, sweet, and tart.

    Love the new layout, also. Way to go!

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    Wicked Goodies — January 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Yum! I am also addicted to kale since doing a CSA here in Boston 🙂

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    Jill McOwen — January 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    It’s so funny, because as I was scrolling through Tastespotting tonight and saw this post, I had to click because it looked so familiar to my winter couscous bowl… and then, I couldn’t believe it when I saw my blog credited at the bottom! This is a first for me 🙂 Thanks so much for the credit!

    So you’ve recently moved back to Cincinnati? Which part? My family and I live in Anderson Township.

    • beantownbaker — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Thanks so much for the recipe!!

      We work in West Chester and are living in Oakley right now. Trying to find a house at some point…

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    Megan — January 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I think this sounds amazing, Jen! And I love how colorful it is. I am always looking for new winter salads that are colorful, flavorful, and interesting.

    • beantownbaker — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

      This is definitely colorful, flavorful, and interesting. I have seriously been OBSESSED with pomegranates this winter, and this salad totally feeds into that obsession.

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    Sues — January 14, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I’m on a major quinoa AND kale kick so this salad is right up my alley. So colorful and pretty, too!

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      Pretty food is definitely always tastier than ugly food 🙂

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    Shannon — January 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    looks a lot like the one i posted last week 🙂 obviously, i’m all over it!!

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

      Very similar indeed!

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    Michelle — January 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    This is perfect for that kale and pomegranate I have in the fridge! I’m always excited to find new things to put together ahead of time for lunches and dinners, thanks! Hope you are settling in nicely 🙂

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Making food ahead of time saves the day during the week! I can’t imagine not eating leftovers… Things are going pretty well for us in Ohio so far. Hope things are going well for you and your little bundle on the way!

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    Cara — January 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds great to me! I love the ingredients. And the colors 🙂

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    ErinsFoodFiles — January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This sounds right up my alley! YUM!!

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    Sarah — November 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I was thinking about an easy and colorful, flavorful, and power-packed healthy side dish to bring for a potluck lunch after a trail work party this coming weekend. I had these amazing cute pumpkins to harvest from my garden and love both kale and quinoa. I thought to myself, mmmm, what if I made some kind of pumpkin kale quinoa and goat cheese salad to share? One quick internet search and I came across this gem! I modified and concocted a tad, which is normal for me. Thanks so much for the recipe and ingredient confirmations! The honey, olive oil, and smokey / spicy combo was the secret ingredient for me! Happy fooding!

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! I am always tweaking recipes to make them fit what I have on hand and what we like too.

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