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Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus

Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus! #spring #gnocchiThere are so many recipes for gnocchi, yet this is a true stand-out. Creamy Potato Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit. This combination makes a fabulous winter-to-spring transitional dish.

Spring Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit | ASpicyPerspective.com #pasta #delallo #grilled

It’s a tad bit cold outside, but I’ve gone as long as I can without grilling. This week the grill cover came off! I stood out on my deck, shivering, with grill tongs in hand.

It was a worthwhile adventure. I made a discovering I want to share with you.

Grilled Grapefruit.

So good, I had to give it a fancy font.

Maybe you saw me share it on Instagram last week?

I figured, I’ve grilled every other fruit and vegetable, why not grapefruit? The results were divine.

DeLallo Potato Gnocchi

Grilling grapefruit wedges brings the natural sweetness forward (so no need for a sprinkle of sugar) and makes the flavor really pop in your mouth.

After trying this, I knew I needed to come up with a dish that allowed the grilled grapefruit to shine, like a Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus. 

Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit | ASpicyPerspective.com #pasta #delallo #grilled

So I paired my grapefruit wedges with DeLallo Potato Gnocchi, lightly kissed with cream sauce and tossed with a spring favorite, grilled asparagus.

How to Make Gnocchi

Grilled asparagus offers that fresh springy feel to this gnocchi recipe, and the grilled grapefruit brings an acidic tang, almost like adding white wine to the cream sauce… but better.

Grilled Grapefruit and Grilled Asparagus

The combination of the pillowy gnocchi, the rich cream sauce, and the grilled asparagus and grapefruit wedges is mind-boggling.

You will die.

Easy Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit | ASpicyPerspective.com #pasta #delallo #grilled

Serve each bowl of creamy Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus with a wedge or two of grilled grapefruit. Either squeeze the juice over the pasta, or enjoy biting the grapefruit wedges in between bites of pasta and asparagus.

If you are still holding onto rich hearty winter dishes, but itching for spring, this gnocchi recipe is for you!

Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 large ripe pink grapefruit
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 pound DeLallo Potato Gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or veggie stock)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chives for garnish


  1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat to boil. Preheat the grill to high heat. Place another skillet over medium heat for the cream sauce.
  2. Trim the white ends of the asparagus. Cut the grapefruit into 8 wedges. Toss the asparagus and grapefruit in oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Add the butter and flour to the skillet and whisk to combine. Saute the "roux" for 1-2 minutes until it starts to turn golden, then whisk in the cream and stock. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer to thicken, then turn off the heat.
  4. Meanwhile, drop the gnocchi into the boiling water. Cook according to the package instructions. Then use a skimmer to ladle the gnocchi into the cream sauce, reserving the pasta water. Toss to coat.
  5. Grill the asparagus and grapefruit for 2-3 minutes per side, until nice char marks form. Then cut the asparagus into 1 - 1 1/2 inch segments and toss into the pasta. If the sauce has tightened up a bit, add a little pasta water to thin it out.
  6. Serve each bowl of gnocchi with a wedge or two of grilled grapefruit. Either squeeze the juice over the pasta, or enjoy biting the grapefruit wedges in between bites of pasta and asparagus.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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53 Responses to “Gnocchi Recipe with Grilled Asparagus”

  1. Anne @The Cooking Campaignposted March 11, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I love recipes that remind me spring is almost upon us! Thanks for sharing.


  2. Marian (Sweetopia)posted March 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Perfection! What a great idea to grill the grapefruit!


  3. Cassieposted March 11, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Love the sound of this! I bet the grilled asparagus adds such a great flavor. I adore simple fun dishes like this!


  4. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted March 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This gnocchi sounds so wonderful! I love broiled grapefruit – will totally have to try grilled!


  5. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted March 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Lemon and asparagus is a favorite combo, so I can imagine how the grapefruit really kicks it up. What a stunning pasta dish, Sommer.

    PS. LOVE those gorgeous bowls.


  6. Mariaposted March 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Love DeLallo’s gnocchi! The best! Great dish for spring!


  7. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted March 11, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Seriously. Dig. This.


  8. Sandy @ REposted March 11, 2013 at 8:46 am

    OM, this sounds SO good. Love the combo, friend!


  9. Jenny Flakeposted March 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

    What a delicious dish! Love!


  10. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

    This sounds so fabulous!


  11. Heather Christoposted March 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I would NEVER have thought of this- but it looks simply lovely Sommer!


  12. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted March 11, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Gnocchi and grapefruit. Hello friends….my 2 favorite foods in a bowl. Very inventive Sommer. Love it.


  13. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

    What a tasty looking dish! I cannot wait for asparagus season this year!


  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I’m so intrigued by grilled grapefruit, and gnocchi is my favorite thing ever!


  15. Juliaposted March 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Wow what a great combo! I am a huge fan of grapefruit but haven’t tried it grilled. I think I need to try this out!


  16. Abby @ The Frosted Veganposted March 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Gnocchi in my freezer, grapefruit in my fridge, yes!


  17. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

    wow, i can taste this already! grilling fruit is so delicious, i love how much more it brings out the flavors! this looks very comforting!


  18. Paula - bell'alimentoposted March 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’m intrigued. Now where’s my fork ; )


  19. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungryposted March 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This dish welcomes in spring with open arms! I can only imagine how good it taste.


  20. Gabyposted March 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    this seems like such a delicious combo – and one that I’ve never tried before!! But give me a bowl of gnocchi and I am one happy camper :)


  21. marlaposted March 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I’ll take your word for it ~ this is a stand out gnocchi recipe. One I must try asap!


  22. leslieposted March 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Grilled grapefruit? Yes please. I bet it just makes the flavor explode!


  23. Jen @ Savory Simpleposted March 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This looks amazing, sommer! Pinning for a dinner soon.


  24. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted March 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Brilliant flavor combo with the grilled grapefruit!


  25. Shawn @ I Wash You Dryposted March 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Wow, I bet this tastes amazing! I have got to try grilling some grapefruit, what a brilliant idea!


  26. Colette @ JFF!posted March 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    How unusual! Love the flavours.


  27. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted March 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This looks fabulous, Sommer! I can’t wait to fire up my grill. I might be doing it sooner than later to try this!


  28. Gloria @ Simply Gloriaposted March 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    The Grilled Grapefruit DEFINITELY deserved the fancy font action! What a great way to eat gnocchi! (=


  29. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted March 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Hmmm, what an interesting combination and I absolutely love it! What creative dish!


  30. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted March 12, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I love this idea of serving grapefruit with this! So good!


  31. Carolynposted March 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Wow, I can’t say I ever would have come up with this pairing but it sounds delicious!


  32. RavieNomNomsposted March 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I just love gnocchi, there is something about it that is just so comforting :-)


  33. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted March 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Love this combination of flavors! Can’t wait to try grilling grapefruit. . .our grill is still covered in snow!


  34. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}posted March 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Gorgeous dish! A must try! I’ve been gone for awhile and need to catch up on all of your yummy recipes! :)


  35. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted March 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Gnocchi is my favorite!!


  36. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Mmmmm…wish I had some grapefruit to grill right now! It looks wonderful with the gnocchi!


  37. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I like your grilled grapefruit idea! I’ve had it broiled so grilled must be along the same lines I assume.


  38. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted March 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Incredible flavors in this dish, Sommer! I love that it’s decadent but light and citrusy with the grapefruit.


  39. Julie @ Runninginaskirtposted March 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Wow. This sounds amazing! I will have to try the next time we pull the cover off the grill!


  40. Jessica - The Novice Chefposted March 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Wow! So beautiful and fresh — I love it!


  41. Marlyposted March 14, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Grilled asparagus sounds so amazing. Love this fresh recipe!


  42. shelly (cookies and cups)posted March 14, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I would have never thought to add grapefruit into a savory dish…and grilling it? So smart!!


  43. Kellyposted March 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    What an amazing combination, this looks incredible! :)


  44. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted March 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I’m normally not too big on grapefruit, but it’s one of those things that I really WANT to like, you know? So I’m definitely going to give it a try grilled! I love this recipe.


  45. Chrisposted March 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I love it when people fire up the grill for veggies and fruits, it is better than roasting in my opinion. Love this dish, Sommer!


  46. Jenposted March 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

    What a fab combination of ingredients and perfect for spring!


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