Basil Gnocchi & Whole-Wheat Foccacia + Race Results

This one’s for you, Ramundos! My old roommate, Megan, used to make these using her Italian grandmother’s recipe. So my eyes perked up when I saw this recipe for Basil Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu in Fitness magazine. Of course, I tweaked it like c-razy because I obviously hate mushrooms. I mean, who doesn’t? :)

Basil-Spinach Gnocchi


  • 2    large russet potatoes, baked, skins removed (Hint: microwave!)
  • 3    egg yolks
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt plus additional to taste
  • 1/2  cup  fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, shredded (You could use a food processor if you’re a normal person with a real kitchen!)
  • 1 1/4  cups  flour plus more for dusting
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1/4  cup  freshly grated Parmesan

Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat. In a large bowl, mash the potatoes until there are no lumps. Fold in the egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, spinach, and 1/4 cup of the basil. Sift in 1 cup of the flour; knead gently until dough forms. Add remaining flour; knead until dough is soft, not sticky. (Don’t overwork dough.) Form into a disk.

Transfer dough to a floured work surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll pieces lengthwise until they are 3/4 inch in diameter. Sprinkle with flour and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Spread gnocchi on a floured baking sheet and let sit 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, add gnocchi to boiling water. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, until all the dumplings rise to the surface. Using a slotted spoon (to allow all excess water to drain off), transfer to a bowl and toss with remaining olive oil and salt to taste. Garnish with the remaining basil and Parmesan.

When Kevin got home, he thought it was from a bag of frozen ravioli. He didn’t know I could make pasta. Neither did I. I was a little nervous because I had no back-up plan!

With a side of Wholesome & Easy Focaccia Bread. I followed the recipe for the most part except that I didn’t have some of the spices on hand so I just used olive oil, minced garlic, and grated Parmesan to top it.

Those were some difficult Italian (right?) words to pronounce. I decided to watch some YouTube videos so I could brag to Kevin properly! Click these so you don’t sound like a loser when you try my recipes:  focaccia & gnocchi.

I love all things dippable!

Today was a personal record in lunch making. I got home from the gym at 11 (just couldn’t pull myself a way from finishing 5.08 miles), and I managed to make homemade pasta and homemade bread in an hour. I’m so awesome. It’s because I mentally plot out my multi-tasking while on the treamill. Lol.

Ok. So to bring myself down a few notches, let me tell you what else I did at the gym. I fell off the treamill. Pride comes before the fall. My nightmare finally came true. Except it wasn’t that bad. I was walking. I had paused for some reason, and I was reading my email. But this is me. I can’t just walk. If I’m going to go that slow, the incline has to be at least 7.5. That’s my rule. Plus I heard that Jennifer Aniston does that. So anyhow. I was reading my email, and I just slid right off the back. Thankfully, I realized the last second and didn’t actually fall on my face. I just kind of did a backwards hop, and didn’t die at all. And nobody saw it!!! So it’s like it didn’t even happen!! There was someone in the gym almost the entire time except for that moment. Yay!! Well, I’m still feeling humbled.

Totally random, but look what the stupid pop machine gave us. Two regular Cokes. One for Lisa, and one for Josiah. But they’re not here. We clearly pressed Diet Coke both times. I totally want a refund. Can you see my face in the Coke?!!??! Haha. I know. Diet Coke is unhealthy. It’s definitely the vice I’m most guilty of. The good news is that I cut back during days where I’m running a lot because I don’t want the fizz to bother my stomach.

Yeah. Carrie. Even after I crossed out the “a” and wrote an “o” underneath. Oh well.  There were 477 racers so we hit the top of the middle pack which is what we were aiming for! Of course, technically, I did better than Kevin, but we won’t get into that. :) Especially since he was so nice about watching out for me on the treacherous downhills!

Next year I hope to get in under 50 minutes with the help of better shoes and less clothes! First place in my division was 42:25. First place in Kevin’s was 34:32. So we have a little work to do.

Still trying to decide which race to do next.  I’d like to do the Rock & Roll Half in Denver, but it is so expensive! My other pick is the Bear Creek 10-Spot – another trail run which MAY include a water crossing!! Uh… Kevin didn’t think I would be a fan of that. He probably doesn’t want to run for an hour with me whining about wet socks and the cold! There’s also a Skirt Chaser race this weekend. The ladies get a 3-minute head start. And if you’re single, you get to wear a special sticker so you can mingle. Hahaha. Sounds hilarious!

Hope you  are having a sweet Monday!

P.S. Just so you know – this is going to be a great FOOD WEEK on the blog. I bought groceries last night for 5 new dinners! Get excited!

3 thoughts on “Basil Gnocchi & Whole-Wheat Foccacia + Race Results

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  2. The Coke company is nasty. They have been in the news for issues with their plastic bottles (things like refusing to remove BPA from the plastic). So anyway, I refuse to drink Coke for that reason. Go Diet Pepsi!!

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