Beet Gnocchi with Garlic Greens


Here's a bright idea: perk up your homemade gnocchi recipe with vibrantly-colored beets. To make the most of the root vegetables, this beet gnocchi dish also features the beet greens in the sauce.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Roast Time:
1 hr
Cool Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
6 cups


  • 1 ¼ pound small red beets with greens

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • ½ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove greens from beets. Cut stems in 1/2-inch pieces and tear leaves into 2-inch pieces; set aside. Place whole, unpeeled beets in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; add water. Cover tightly. Bake for 1 hour or until tender. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

  2. Peel beets and place in a food processor. Add next six ingredients (through pepper). Process until smooth. Add 2 cups of the flour. Pulse until dough just starts to form. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the remaining flour on work surface. Place dough on top. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup flour over dough. Pat dough out into a 9x9-inch square (1/2-inch-thick). Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into 3/4-inch pieces, rolling to round off edges, if desired. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet until ready to boil.

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Cook, in batches, until gnocchi begin to float. Using a slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi to a tray; pat dry. When cooled, toss gnocchi with nonstick cooking spray to keep them from sticking.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add beet green stems, shallots, and garlic. Cook about 3 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add beet leaves. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until wilted. Add gnocchi to the skillet; toss to combine. Remove from heat.

  5. Sprinkle gnocchi with additional grated fresh Parmesan cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

350 Calories
10g Fat
50g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 350
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 13.7mg 69%
Calcium 226mg 17%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 549mg 12%
Folate, total 137.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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