Make the most of beautiful spring weather and flavors with an easy dinner to get you back outside again! Gnocchi with Lamb, Peas and Parsley Mint Pesto is fresh, fast and the perfect weeknight dinner to enjoy on the porch.
What a beautiful weekend we just had! I was out and about all weekend long taking advantage of the fact that I could be outside without a jacket on. A quick breakfast picnic in the park, led to a late brunch with friends on Saturday plus wandering the Union Square greenmarket and shopping all afternoon.
This is my perfect Saturday, a day in the city where it’s not too hot, people are out and you can feel the good energy coming off of everyone.
Despite not quite being at it’s peak yet the greenmarket was absolutely packed on Saturday. Late spring and summer is when I start to go a little nuts with the fresh produce at home. The colors, the smells, the freshness of it all just lures me and I want to cook it all. Half the time what I buy isn’t for cooking! Big juicy peaches, all the berries and I won’t even get started on the tomatoes. Oh the tomatoes, just give me some salt and I can eat them all day long.
I’d say all this easy going feelings put me in the mood for an easy going meal but I’m always in that mindset! What it did put me in the mood for was bright flavors, spring peas, something hearty but won’t weigh you down too much. Because let’s be honest here, it might be spring but it still gets chilly at night, it was downright cold by Sunday evening, I was ready to grab a blanket for Sunday night TV watching!
Welcome to spring in NY, it can never make up its mind and goes between beautiful 70 degree weather to cold and rainy 40 degrees.
Those nights is when you need this potato gnocchi with ground lamb, spring peas and pesto. The pesto is what really makes the dish, it’s bright, clean and citrusy and makes everything pop on your plate.
So on the next nice day, go spend it outside, walk until you can’t walk anymore and then come home to make this easy 30 minute meal. The night is going to get a little chilly and you’ll want something good to fill your belly!