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Pasta dish reflects spring’s maybe-maybe not feel

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on March 18, 2013, spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The unpredictable nature of spring – balmy one moment, frigid the next – makes us hanker for dishes that reflect the season’s maybe-maybe not feel.

And that was the inspiration for this dish, which blends one of the heartiest of winter pastas – potato gnocchi – with asparagus, a light vegetable that has come to represent one of surest signs of spring.

SPRING GNOCCHI WITH
ASPARAGUS AND SHRIMP

2 16- to 18-ounce packages gnocchi

4 tablespoons butter

zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 bunches asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 pound peeled, deveined raw shrimp

4 ounces watercress

1∕3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook according to package directions, then drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the lemon zest and cook until the butter begins to be fragrant and just begins to brown. Immediately add the salt, black pepper, asparagus and shrimp. Cook until the asparagus and shrimp are tender and cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Add the gnocchi to the pan and toss to coat and mix. Divide the gnocchi between 6 serving plates, then top each portion with watercress, Gorgonzola and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Serves 6.

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