Gnocci with Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Rosemary

I’ll have a festive Christmas brunch/breakfast recipe for you soon. Nate and I finally got into the holiday spirit. It’s my first Christmas season as an honorary (by marriage) Christmas celebrator.

Speaking of marriage, we got our wedding photos on cd today! And the photographers sent us one of EVERY photo!!! So so sweet of them. Can’t wait to pick out which we want for our album :)

Anyway, the first thing I did for our Christmas decorating was pick up a cute cotton ball and jingle bell wreath from Target. I didn’t want anything too Christmas-y since we are still a multi-holiday household. I thought the wreath was a little too boring though, so I bought a couple different sized berries branches from Michaels and I cut them up and hot glued them on. Muuuch better I think :)

Upgraded Target wreath

We have a tiny apartment and a michievous feline, so we knew we couldn’t get a full-fledged Christmas tree yet. Instead we went to Michael’s to see what we could find. We ended up getting the cutest miniature tree and there were all kinds of mini ornaments and garlands you could get to decorate it!!! Btw, I love anything in miniature. We also picked up a silver reindeer from Home Goods and I broke up some branches to make a little festive setting on our living room mantle dresser.

I have also since pulled out our gorgeous new menorah that we got for a wedding present. I’m so excited to finally have a nice menorah :)

All this holiday decorating was done in preparation for our little cookie-decorating party we hosted this past weekend. Since all my friends who came are cat lovers like us, I baked up some gingerbread cookie paws and cats in addition to the traditional gingerbread men. After we exhausted the possible decorating combos for the paws/cats, we decided to get creative. This was what I came up with:

cat paw cookie turned sideways and upside down!

LC even put on her Christmas best in honor of the party.

a most photogenic feline- photo credit, Erica Harmon :)

It was a fun weekend. Despite the fact that we both OD’d on cookies throught the day, Nate and I had this delicious gnocchi dish for dinner.

We eat a decent amount of pasta, but I never think to cook gnocchi. It wasn’t until I made this recipe that I realized how quickly it cooks (if you buy it rather than making it) and how much I love it’s chewy texture.

Gnocci with Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Rosemary

I randomly came across a Food Network recipe and since I didn’t have any of the ingredients, I subbed in my own similar ones and it was a major hit. Nate and I couldn’t stop raving about how delicious it was.

Gnocci with Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Rosemary

Gnocchi with Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Rosemary

Adapted from the The Food Network

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Serves 4

1 small-medium spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water
11 oz package baby spinach
1 17.5-ounce package potato gnocchi
3/4 cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese

Cut squash in half, remove seeds, and put cut side down in a microwaveble dish. Put 1/4 cup water in bottom of dish, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 11 minutes (you want it cooked but still slightly “al dente.” Cool til you can handle it and scrape pulp out into a dish.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the squash, garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the garlic is soft, about 2 more minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Add the chicken broth to the skillet. When it starts to simmer, stir in the spinach and cook until it wilts slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the gnocchi, stirring to coat. Cover and cook until the gnocchi are just tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover and stir in 1/4 cup parmesan and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup parmesan; transfer to the broiler and cook until golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes. 



  1. Gnocchi is quickly becoming one of my favorite meals. I want to try and make a spinach gnocchi next! I’m excited just thinking about it!

    • You know, I’ve actually only made homemade gnocchi once. I remember it being pretty easy though, and should definitely give it another try! But for a quick meal in a pinch, the premade stuff works great :) Let me know how your spinach one turns out!

  2. i love your decorations!! I Think Michael’s and Target could solve the world’s problems in terms of affordable holiday accoutrements. seriously, is there anything you can’t find at either place? Maybe, but if you just head to the other one… :)
    also, i’m cookie’d out. i love the Pac Man…so festive! it’s nice to take a break from reindeer and snowmen and the whole bit. Also, i’m not sure where you were when i had my sugar breakdown the other day, but i could have used some pillowy gnocci. this looks perfect.

    • Thanks, Shannon! It was really fun to finally get to buy some Christmas decorations after only getting to admire them my whole life, hehe. And yes, I <3 Michaels and Target. I could literally spend hours at both places, wandering up and down every aisle, discovering all the fun things you never knew existed!

  3. What a great mix you have going on in your decorative, multi-holiday apartment… Great Christmas tree (perfect size!) and kitty all dressed up and looking rather dapper. Love the paws/cats cookies! How creative and fun you two are…or was that LC’s idea? ;-). Very yummy gnocchi – the rosemary is a beaut! – you’re killing me with your delicious looking pastas Amy!! :).

    • Why thank you, Kelly! (LC says thank you too) ;) It was fun to decorate because I got to be a little crafty. Haha, sorry about the pasta! I promise you though, that this one is packed full of veggies…and it’s so filling and satisfying that you really have no desire to eat more than one serving.

  4. I love how you’re decorating for and celebrating both holidays! This way you get TWICE the fun. :) This gnocchi dish sounds so delicious. Defintiely something I’ll be making soon!

    • Haha, absolutely! I’m sure when we have kids, they’ll definitely appreciate multiple holiday celebrating…although, I will NOT be doing present overload! Thanks. Let me know if you try it :)

  5. Your Pac Man cookies gave me a real chuckle. I love your miniature tree…I have one in my guest bathroom.

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    I love love love that Christmas Cat!!!!!!!!!! Meowwwwww Oh, and the food looks incred!

  7. Love your decorations! That is so fun that you are embracing traditions from both sides of your family. The pacman cookies are adorable. :) I just learned how yummy gnocchi is, and I love spaghetti squash so I’m pinning this for future use. It looks delicious.

    • Thanks, Nicole! Yeah, getting to celebrate two holidays is definitely better than one. Although with my family not nearby, Hanukkah doesn’t get much of a celebration anymore. Let me know if you try this recipe!

  8. I had gnocci, and a spaghetti squash in my house. Searched the ingredients and this recipe came up. It was so good. Great for lunches for the week!!

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