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Feta Gnocchi Recipe (Vegetarian)

This feta gnocchi recipe features soft pillowy gnocchi tossed in a bright and flavorful feta cheese sauce with lemon and parsley. A 20-minute dinner that is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough to enjoy on a special occasion.

The creamy sauce is made by sautĂ©ing butter, garlic, feta cheese, and adding in some of the gnocchi cooking water to thicken the sauce without using cream. You can add in your favorite herbs to finish this dish – and top it off with extra feta cheese for a kick.

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This delicious gnocchi with feta cheese is a fantastic and easy dinner, ready in about 15 minutes. It’s loaded with flavor and turned out so good – definitely a new feta cheese favorite.

Gnocchi are one of my favorite pastas, I love every soft bite. The word gnocchi comes from the Italian word for “little knots” which are perfect descriptions of these little dumplings. I used a store-bought potato gnocchi, which you can find in any major grocery store, or you can make them from scratch.

This Creamy Feta Gnocchi Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Lemony
  • Herby
  • Soft & Pillowy
  • Comforting
  • Satisfying
  • Vegetarian

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Easy Gnocchi Recipes

This creamy feta gnocchi is what I call an Easy Weeknight Meal – which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those nights when you want a healthy homecooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.  Even faster than ordering takeout!

What’s In This Creamy Gnocchi with Feta Cheese Recipe?

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  • Feta Cheese – I used a crumbled feta for this recipe, but you can also use a block of feta cheese, mashed with a form before adding to the pan.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: I like to use this fruity olive oil which has a fantastic flavor and deep color- it’s inexpensive & I like to keep a few liters stocked up in my pantry.  For the quality of oil you get, it’s an excellent value.
  • Garlic
  • Gnocchi â€“ I love this classic potato gnocchi with is super light, super tender, and so good in this sauce.  Make sure to save the cooking water too which will thicken the sauce.
  • Lemon Juice – fresh squeezed is best
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

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How Do I Make This Creamy Gnocchi with Feta Cheese?

For the Creamy Gnocchi

  1. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Once finished cooking, remove from heat and leave in the cooking water for a few minutes (save the water, as it will be used to thicken the sauce).
  2. In a pan, add the olive oil over low heat. Add the chopped garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until the garlic begins to brown. Using a slotted spoon, drain the gnocchi and add into the pan with the garlic. Toss well to combine.
  3. Add the butter, Squeeze in the lemon juice, and stir in the feta cheese.  Pour 2/3 cup of the gnocchi cooking water. Stir well, the sauce will thicken as it cooks – if sauce is too thick, add an additional 1/4 cup of cooking water at a time to thin out the sauce. 
  4. Once gnocchi is stirred together and a thick sauce has formed, serve hot. Top with an extra sprinkle of feta cheese and fresh parsley.

 

Make This Feta Pasta Recipe Vegetarian for a Healthy Version

This vegetarian feta gnocchi is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegetarian cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around vegetarian pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make healthier meals for you and your family.

I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegetarian recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and healthy recipes are fantastic meatless meals for your table.

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Creamy Feta Gnocchi

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This feta gnocchi recipe features soft pillowy gnocchi tossed in a bright and flavorful feta cheese sauce with lemon and parsley. A 20-minute dinner that is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough to enjoy on a special occasion. The creamy sauce is made by sautéing olive oil, garlic, feta cheese, and adding in some of the gnocchi cooking water to thicken the sauce without using cream. You can add in your favorite herbs to finish this dish - and top it off with extra feta cheese for a kick.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 427 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Saucepan

Ingredients
  

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces gnocchi save cooking water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 2/3 cup gnocchi cooking water
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Once finished cooking, remove from heat and leave in the cooking water for a few minutes (save the water, as it will be used to thicken the sauce).
  • In a pan, add the olive oil over low heat. Add the chopped garlic and sautĂ© for 4 to 5 minutes until the garlic begins to brown. Using a slotted spoon, drain the gnocchi and add into the pan with the garlic. Toss well to combine.
  • Add the butter, Squeeze in the lemon juice, and stir in the feta cheese.  Pour 2/3 cup of the gnocchi cooking water. Stir well, the sauce will thicken as it cooks - if sauce is too thick, add 1/4 cup of cooking water at a time to thin out the gnocchi.
  • Once gnocchi is stirred together until and a thick sauce has formed, serve the gnocchi. Top with an extra sprinkle of feta cheese and fresh parsley.

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Nutrition

Calories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 15gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1113mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 1567IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 382mgIron: 5mg
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