Make this classic Italian-style gnocchi for a satisfying midweek meal. Gnocchi at their best can be light and delicate so it is really important not to improvise with this already proven recipe. Learn how to make your own gnocchi from scratch and complete your dish with a traditional Italian sage and butter sauce.
3 tbsp olive oil
10g thyme springs
1 lemon – peel finely shaved into 6 strips
1 garlic clove, salt and pepper
600g courgettes trimmed and shaved into long, thin ribbons with a mandoline
60g walnut halves, roughly chopped
Put the oil, thyme, lemon peel and garlic in a small saucepan on a low heat and leave to infuse for eight minutes, until the oil becomes aromatic and the garlic, lemon and thyme start to colour.
Take off the heat, leave to cool, then strain the oil into a large bowl. Pick the leaves off the sprigs and add to the oil; discard the sprigs, lemon and garlic.
Put the courgettes, walnuts, lemon juice, a third of a teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper into the oil, then massage the courgettes for a minute or so – they will break up a little – then stir in the shaved Parmesan and serve at once.
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