Normally, I’m all about using spiralized veggies as the main event.
However, just like you’d add a little salad to the side of a burger, sometimes spiralized veggies can be used as a filling garnish or an ample side.
Case in point: these gnocchi topped with a mound of zucchini noodles.
The gnocchi here is homemade. Now, I don’t think that a gluten-free gnocchi can ever be quite as good as proper, starchy gnocchi, but this homemade gluten-free gnocchi comes close.
Typically, I’ll use coconut flour for baked goods to add a hint of coconut flavor. Here, I use the coconut flour to bring out the sweetness in the sweet potato used in this gnocchi. The coconut flour also adds a healthy, strong dose of fiber, which helps keep you fuller, longer.
The gnocchi is made up of a few simple ingredients – tapioca flour, almond flour, egg, a pinch of salt, and mashed sweet potatoes. The color of the gnocchi is a lustrous orange that pairs beautiful with the red pomodoro sauce (I used Victoria’s Organic Pomodoro Sauce) and crunchy green zucchini.
After the gnocchi is made, I chill it a bit and then sear in some olive oil to let that sweetness from the coconut flour really shine through and soak up the flavors from the olive oil. It’s a “finishing touch” that goes a long way!
Speaking of the zucchini – it’s raw! The zucchini is tossed with the warm sauce so that it slightly softens but still maintains a crunch, which lightens up this pasta dish.
If you don’t like raw zucchini, you could easily cook the zucchini noodles, but I love the crunch here – it complements the fluffiness of the gnocchi.
Also, if you don’t feel like making your own gnocchi, cook your favorite brand and top it with the zucchini and pomodoro sauce. Garnish with Parmesan and voila, a double pasta meal without the traditional pasta!
Note: While this post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, all opinions are my own, always.
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 9 points
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