Watercress gnocchi with roasted radishes & lemon

Watercress gnocchi with roasted radishes & lemon

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins

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Serves 2-4

Pair soft gnocchi with the crunchy, punchy flavour of radishes and peppery watercress for a stunning dish that sings of springtime

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (8)

  • kcal383
  • fat13g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre5g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.3g


  • 500g floury potatoes (such as King Edwards or Maris Piper) skin on



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 20g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 whole nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 250g watercress, stems trimmed, plus extra to garnish



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • 2 tbsp ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150g '00' flour, plus extra for rolling



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 100g radishes, bigger ones halved



    The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy…

  • 1 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pierce the potatoes with a sharp knife and bake for around 1 hr until a skewer slides through without resistance. Leave to cool, then peel and mash into a bowl. Add the parmesan and lightly mix. Season with plenty of salt, pepper and a little freshly grated nutmeg.

  2. Put the watercress in a sieve and pour a kettle of boiling water over it. Allow to cool for a couple of mins, then squeeze out any excess moisture and blitz in a blender. Once cool, mix with the potatoes, along with the ricotta and egg yolks and sieve in the flour. Mix lightly with your hands to form a dough. Roll the dough, a quarter at a time, into long thin sausages on a floured surface, and use a sharp knife to cut a few lines widthways on each one.

  3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the thyme and radishes and fry for about 5-8 mins until coloured. Tip half the gnocchi into the salted water and boil until they float to the top (about 3 mins). Fish them out carefully with a slotted spoon and put them on a plate. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi.

  4. Add a knob of butter to the radish pan and tip in the boiled gnocchi. Fry until starting to colour, about 3 mins. Season, add the lemon zest and squeeze over the lemon juice, and grate in a little parmesan. Divide between plates and top with more parmesan and a good grating of black pepper.

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