Gnocchi with Ham, Watercress and Peas


1 medium onion, cut into half-moon slices
2 1/2 cups cubed ham
5 oz watercress
10 oz fresh, shelled peas
30 oz plain, potato gnocchi
freshly ground black pepper
grated parmesan


In a large pan, saute the onion until softened. Add the ham and cook until warmed through. Add the watercress and peas. Add 3 tablespoons of water and saute until the peas are tender. Season with salt and pepper

Meanwhile, cook gnocchi to package instructions. Drain. Add the gnocchi to the pan and saute until lightly browned. Divide among 4 dishes and top with parmesan.

My thoughts:

I love coming up with recipes using up holiday leftovers! To be honest, we never host so I am almost always buying food just to make fun stuff with the leftovers! It’s become a bit of hobby on its own, to be honest. We aren’t people who mind eating leftovers, we normally make dinner for four so we can have the leftovers for lunch the next day but repurposing them into something new is so much more fun. For this recipe, I used a whole boneless smoked ham I bought at Costco. It’s so easy to cube to use in other dishes but of course, you can use any leftover ham from any cut.

This recipe is super easy because let’s be honest, after hosting, who wants to make another big elaborate meal? I used gnocchi I bought at Aldi but any supermarket or Italian grocery will have them. You can also make fresh gnocchi if you’d like but the vacuumed pack ones are pretty good and are even faster to cook than regular pasta. I love watercress with ham so much (this egg salad with ham and watercress is another great Easter leftover recipe), it has a peppery bite that offsets the often sweet and very smoky ham. Peas are classic with ham so I added some I bought at Trader Joe’s (in the fresh department) to make it even more of a complete meal.

Normally, I am not one to eat gnocchi leftovers but (maybe because it wasn’t homemade gnocchi and not saucy?) we had some leftovers (of the leftovers, ha!) and they really reheated well! I sauteed them in a skillet to reheat and they were quite tasty. Lightly browning the gnocchi adds a nice toasty flavor too.

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