I tried this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens magazine on a lark and was pleasantly surprised at how easy and tasty it was. Definitely a great recipe for when you're short on time. The recipe said it would take 20 minutes to prepare and it really did.
Of course, I had to change a few little things from the original. And, we have declared this a "keeper" recipe so I will definitely be making this again soon.
Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce
(adapted from the May 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens)
Approximate cooking time is 20 minutes
2 cups of fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
1 pound shelf-stable potato gnocchi
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup 2% milk
4 oz of packaged or whipped cream cheese (I used a reduced-fat version)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups torn fresh arugula
Crushed red pepper (optional)
1) In Dutch oven cook gnocchi according to package directions, adding corn the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Drain gnocchi and corn kernels, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Do not rinse.
2) Meanwhile, for cream sauce, in medium saucepan combine half-and-half, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, dried herbs, and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently using a whisk. Stir in reserved pasta water.
3) Return cooked pasta to Dutch oven. Pour cream sauce over pasta; heat through, if necessary. Stir in arugula. Serve in bowls. Sprinkle with additional salt, pepper, dried herbs, and crushed red pepper.
Notes and Variations: If you don’t love the peppery taste of arugula, you could easily substitute fresh spinach. I also think that you could add in a cup of shredded roast chicken for a more robust meal. And, I am sure that shrimp would be tasty as well. In other words, play around this recipe, it is very forgiving.