Gnocchi and Sautéed Veg in a Red Wine Sauce

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Yet another plant powered recipe inspired by meal out…

That’s one of the bonuses of living in the city. Although it’s a little noisy and there’s not a whole load of green space, there’s plenty of good restaurants around that offer pretty affordable vegan meals for us to try now and again.

Last week we headed out to the Cosy Club in Cardiff, for Michaela’s birthday. We’re both getting old, so we went for the sophisticated option – some roasted gnocci in a red wine sauce. Sounds pretty fancy right? It was definitely a lot different to what we’d usually choose (we’re usually simple curry or scrambled tofu kindda people). But it was good!

So we thought we’d have a crack at recreating our own home made version. One that’s maybe a little healthier, and doesn’t cost as much to make…

So we did just that, and here’s what we came up with.


Serves 2. Takes about 20 minutes

  • A standard 500g packet of gnocci
  • A tin of chickpeas (or your choice of legume)
  • Several small shallots
  • Several mushrooms
  • A plateful of chopped spring greens
  • 3 garlic cloves or powder
  • A sprig of fresh rosemary or a teaspoon of dried
  • 300 ml red wine
  • 75 ml balsamic vinegar


  1. Prep your shallots (just de-skin them, and leave them whole), and add them to your wok to sautée in a little water. Keep a close eye on them, and keep adding water so they don’t stick and burn.
  2. After about 10 minutes, the shallots should be starting to soften, at which point you can add your chopped mushrooms, garlic and rosemary.
  3. After another 5 minutes, it’s time to add the sauce. Pour in your wine and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for a good 15 to 20 minutes, so that it starts to thicken. Then add your greens and chickpeas.
  4. In a separate pan, boil your gnocci through for 2-3 minutes, before draining and adding into the main wok. Stir through for another 5, and then serve up. It goes great with some warm bread and home made hummus.

Thanks for reading!

As always, if you try this recipe out, let me know how it goes in the comments section below!

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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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