This easy gnocchi with broad beans recipe is made in no time at all and is perfect for quick weeknight dinner.

gnocchi with broad beans

Gnocchi with broad beans

It took me some time to get used to eating gnocchi. The first ones I tasted where bland and sticky. Not what you want in a gnocchi recipe. But then I was challenged to make ricotta gnocchi for the Daring Cooks ages ago and I fell in love with gnocchi in general.

The gnocchi you see here are made from potatoes and are nothing like those ricotta gnocchi, but they are also delicious if prepared in the right way. I like to cook the gnocchi first and then bake them in a pan with lots of butter. That process makes them so much more tasty than just cooking.

Broad beans or green peas

I used broad beans here as I still had some leftover in the freezer, but you can easily change this for green peas or use edamame beans if you have those. I simply toss them in the pan while frozen. They’re small and will defrost in time.

gnocchi with broad beans

Easy lunch recipe

I found this to be a an easy lunch recipe. Granted I was working from home while making this, but you can also eat this for dinner. It is filling enough. If you want you can replace the ham cubes for something a bit more substantial like roasted chicken. That would work really well here too.

And of course everything gets better with a large amount of grated parmesan on top.

Also check these gnocchi with goat cheese

gnocchi with broad beans
gnocchi with broad beans

Gnocchi with broad beans and arugula

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Ganglunch, Main

Easy dish to prepare for either lunch or quick dinner
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
Total time 15 minutes

1 person


  • 75 gr broad beans frozen (or fresh if they are to be found)
  • 150 gr gnocchi con patate freshly made or storebought
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche light
  • 50 gr ham cut into thin slices
  • 25 gr rocket
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese for grating over the top

  • Put your water with salt on to boil the gnocchi. Pay attention that they only need about 2 minutes to cook. Drain the gnocchi and add some olive oil to prevent them sticking together.
  • Heat the olive oil in a small pan and fry your onions until soft and golden. Add the gnocchi and bake them together with the onions. Add the ham and fry till they become a little crispy. Turn the heat down a bit and add your frozen broad beans and let it simmer slowly for about 5-6 minutes until your beans are soft and tender.
  • Add 1 tbsp of creme fraiche to the peas and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the gnocchi with arugula and parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1130mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 606IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 8mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist