This Month’s Food Swap Theme: Squash It!

It’s squash season! So this month’s food swap theme was called “Squash it!” Each of us were assigned a different type of squash and a meal. My assignment: Delicata squash and dinner.

I wanted to go with something that is quite filling, suitable for a main course, or a stand-alone meal, and decided to go with a chickpea, spinach and squash gnocchi dish. I followed the recipe pretty closely, adding some chopped nuts to the dish as well. I had almonds in the house, but think walnuts would go really really well. I also think next time I make it, I might roast the squash first:



Chickpea, Spinach & Squash Gnocchi


  • 1 pound shelf-stable gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled delicata squash (1- to 2-inch-long slices) (can also use butternut squash)
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots (1-2 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz. vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons currants
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar reduction
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, squash, shallots and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in broth, currants, sage and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring, until the squash is almost cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Add spinach, chickpeas and the gnocchi and cook, gently stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes more. Serve drizzled with balsamic reduction.


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One thought on “This Month’s Food Swap Theme: Squash It!

  1. Nechama

    I had this for dinner last night – April made it for me… It was delicious! But why would someone make it themselves if they could just get it ready to eat from April?

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