One Pot Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach, and Lemon

This One Pot Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach and Lemon makes an easy, 20-minute dinner. Just add a side salad, and we’ll have a vegetarian weeknight meal.

So read on for all the tips and tricks for making this one pot gnocchi. Or hit that Jump to Recipe button and let’s make gnocchi with asparagus, peas, and spinach!

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gnocchi, asparagus, peas, spinach, lemon, butter, garlic, cream, and spices on a counter.

Gnocchi are Italian potato dumplings. Because gnocchi are often sauced like pasta dishes, I’ve lumped this one pot gnocchi recipe into my pasta category.


Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations and substitutions

  • Artichokes, green beans, snap peas (i.e. anything green) would work well in this spring dish.
  • Serve with finely grated Parmesan.

Recipe adaptation

In 2007, I tore a gnocchi recipe for lemon and peas out of a Gourmet magazine. It’s been on regular repeat in my household ever since, because the outcome is so delicious for how little effort it takes.

I’ve made the following adaptations: frying the gnocchi eliminates a pot. I’ve cut the cream way down, and added more garlic and lemon.

pan of frying gnocchi.

Recipe FAQs

Do I need to boil the gnocchi first?

You can, but you don’t have to. Boiling uses another pot and takes up time, because you then have to drain and dry the cooked gnocchi.

What wine should I drink with this?

I would pick a light bodied white like a sauvignon blanc. We have been particular to the Jules Taylor sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. It’s “grassy, summery, bright honesty with a hint of spill the beans”.

Check out other quick pasta recipes from the Ugly Duckling Bakery archives like this cavatappi alfredo or pesto tuna pasta. Or, if you want more one-pot and one-pan recipes, try:

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One Pot Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach, and Lemon

5 from 1 vote
Category: Pasta
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 591kcal
This one pot gnocchi with asparagus, peas, spinach and lemon makes an easy, 20-minute dinner. Just add a side salad, and you have a vegetarian weeknight meal.
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 10 spears asparagus give or take, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 1 to 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 ounces baby spinach couple of big handfuls


  • In a large pot or frying pan with a lid, heat the butter or oil on low heat.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • Saute the gnocchi in a single layer for about 5 minutes until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
    1 pound gnocchi
  • Add the asparagus, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes.
    10 spears asparagus
  • Remove the cover and make a space in the center of pot. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.
    1 to 3 cloves garlic, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Add the lemon juice, cream, and peas. and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    1 lemon, 2 tablespoons cream, 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the baby spinach. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
    3 ounces baby spinach


This recipe will make two generous servings of lemon gnocchi.
Frying the gnocchi gives you a crisper outside than boiling.
Feel free to serve your gnocchi with some freshly grated Parmesan.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5187IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 11mg
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