Warm Pasta Salad
Quick cauliflower gnocchi pasta that you can make in just 10 minutes and take it to picnics or outdoor parties.
For the pasta
Green Giant Simply Steam Baby Vegetables Medley
Second Nature California Medley raisins
dried cranberries and nuts ** See note #1
Green Giant Cauliflower and Spinach Gnocchi
Bell Pepper Strips
I used the bottled version
to cook the gnocchi
for garnish, optional
For the sauce
Goldthread Plant Based Tonic
I used the Hawaiian Ginger Flavor
Ripple Dairy Free Milk
I used the unsweetened version
spicy brown mustard
Start by boiling water in a 4-quart pot. I filled it up to about the ¾ mark.
Set it on high heat and let it come to a boil
While the water comes to a boil, microwave the Green Giant Baby Vegetable Medley. See Note #2
In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce and whisk/blend them
Once the water is boiling, add the Green Giant Cauliflower and Spinach gnocchi. See Note #3
After 2 minutes, you will see the gnocchi come to the surface
Using a strainer, remove the gnocchi and place it in a bowl
The veggies should be done by now, so, remove from the microwave and set it aside until it is cool to touch.
Open the pouch according to the instructions and gently transfer the contents to the gnocchi bowl.
Add bell pepper strips and California medley nuts to the gnocchi bowl.
Finally, add about 1/2 of the tahini sauce. See Notes #4
Serve the pasta immediately.
** Nutrion info is approximate
I picked out the dried cranberries and raisins from the medley. But, you can use all the nuts in this medley.
I microwaved it for 6 minutes, but your time will vary based on your microwave. They have a handy chart on the side of the box.
Add Gnocchi gently into the hot water so that the water doesn’t splash back and scald you.
I only used ½ a cup of the tahini sauce to the gnocchi bowl. Refrigerate the remaining tahini for future use.
To minimize the cook time, start the water boiling process first. While it’s getting to the boiling point, collect all the ingredients.
The amount of Ripple Dairy Free Milk you use will vary with the thickness of the tahini. If your tahini is thicker than what I used, you may need to add more milk until your sauce is pourable.
You can make the sauce ahead of time, but pour it on the veggies and gnocchi at the moment you are ready to serve. Why? Because you and I don’t want a soggy gnocchi pasta on a beautiful sunny day.
This pasta refrigerates well, so, you can make it the night before. Just heat up for a couple minutes after you take it out from the refrigerator. Refrigerate without putting the sauce on the pasta.
If you have time, you can cook the Green Giant Simply Steam stove top. They will take longer to cook than microwaving them, but they do taste crispier.
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