Gnocchetti with Asparagus and Garlic-Gorgonzola Sauce & Giveaway

by Erin

This dish is a garlic lover’s dream. Mini gnocchi (gnocchetti) and asparagus are tossed in a creamy garlic-gorgonzola sauce made with enough garlic to keep the vampires away.

Gnocchetti with Asparagus and Garlic-Gorgonzola Sauce 1

Today is National Garlic day and to celebrate I joined up with a bunch of other food bloggers to share recipes that predominantly feature this beloved food enhancer. There’s even a stellar giveaway to go along with it!

When thinking of what to make for the occasion, I immediately thought of a garlic restaurant in San Francisco at which I once ate, which takes pride in how much garlic they use every day. We had garlic seeping out of our pores afterwards and I relished in it, refusing gum afterwards. This pasta dish is my recreation of what I ordered – mini gnocchi (gnocchetti) and asparagus tossed in a garlicky-gorgonzola cream sauce. I used 8 cloves of garlic (which amounted to 1/4 cup minced) in the sauce. In other words, this is not for the faint of heart when it comes to garlic.

Gnocchetti with Asparagus and Garlic-Gorgonzola Sauce 2

Check out all the other garlicky goodness happening today:

One year ago: Strawberry, Mango, and Yogurt Smoothie

Two years ago: More Fudge Less Pudge Brownies

Three years ago: Coconut Chicken Salad with Apricot Honey Mustard Vinaigrette


Serves 4


1 lb. gnocchetti (mini gnocchi)

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

8 cloves garlic, minced (about 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup white wine

4 oz. gorgonzola

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)

Fresh shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add gnocchetti and asparagus and cook until gnocchetti floats, about 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer until reduced by half. Add gorgonzola, gnocchetti, and asparagus, and stir until cheese has melted. Use reserved pasta water if needed to reach desired consistency.
  3. Serve topped with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Source: Inspired by a dish from The Stinking Rose in San Francisco, CA.


In honor of National Garlic Day and our love of the stinking rose, we are giving away a Garlic Lovers Prize Pack (valued at over $100) that includes:

  1. The Garlic Farmers’ Cookbook
  2. One-year membership to the Garlic Seed Foundation
  3. 5 Garlic Button Covers
  4. OXO Good Grips Garlic Press
  5. The Ultimate Garlic Peeler
  6. Tumbleweed Pottery Garlic Clove Canister Keeper with Vented Lid
  7. Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster
  8. 2 Bulbs of Whole Black Garlic

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (mandatory) answering this question: What is your favorite GARLICKY dish (or one that you’d love to try)?

After you’ve answered the question for entry into this contest, be sure to record that you did so in the rafflecopter widget below; doing so will unlock many more optional ways to earn entries.

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This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental USA. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. All entries will be verified. A winner will be chosen from qualifying entries via random draw, and notified via email within 48 hours of the close of this contest. The winner will have 24 hours from the time the email is sent to respond with their complete name and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Prizes provided by The Garlic Seed Foundation, Food Lust People Love and girlichef. Prizes may vary slightly from images shown and are subject to replacement with comparable items if ones pictured are no longer available at the close of this contest. Items may be shipped separately.

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Annette April 24, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Almost everything I cook contains garlic, but my favorite is 40 clove garlic chicken.

Bobby April 22, 2014 - 8:11 pm

If only we didnt forget the pine nuts…

Ashlyn April 22, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Spaghetti sauce with garlic bread! Thank you!

Ashlyn April 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

I love garlic!! It is delicious in everything from pizza to chili to steamed vegetables!

theresa krier April 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

a really yummy alfredo sauce, thanks

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 21, 2014 - 2:03 pm

I love roasted garlic smeared on fresh baguettes~!

Bobby April 21, 2014 - 9:25 am

Garlic is my favorite food group

Kellie April 20, 2014 - 6:42 pm

I would love to try chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

Emily @ Life on Food April 20, 2014 - 1:45 pm

I put garlic on just about everything savory. I really want to try to roast my own garlic. So simple I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Mimi April 20, 2014 - 12:23 am

I want to try the 40 clove chicken!

JanetFCTC April 19, 2014 - 11:33 pm

You just love combining all my favorite flavors :-D This is the type of dish I would make for myself when the guys are doing their fast food nights (not a fast food fan here). Definitely pinning this.

JanetFCTC April 19, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Oops, as for what my fave garlic dish is, I love making Garlic Confit. It can be used in sooooo many things!

barbara n April 19, 2014 - 7:48 pm

I just made Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves…awesome!

Anne April 19, 2014 - 6:52 pm

I love pretty much anything with garlic in it, but my all-time favorite is good old garlic mashed potatoes.

Amanda @ MarocMama April 19, 2014 - 5:05 pm

All my favorite things in one! Great recipes that I can’t wait to try!

DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts April 19, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Hmmm…I live in Silicon Valley but never been to The Stinky Rose. I think I might replicate this dish first, however.

Bea April 19, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Oh, this sounds like garlic heaven. Gnocchetti, garlic and asparagus. Yum!

Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating April 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Garlic bread is my favorite

Stacy April 19, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Fortunately we are not the faint of heart when it comes to garlic, Erin! Your gnocchetti sound wonderful. I’ve made gnocchi before but usually just serve it with tomato sauce. I love your garlic and gorgonzola sauce! And that fresh asparagus? Genius!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories April 19, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Oh my goodness. I’ve got to try this! Pinned!

Arthur in the Garden! April 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

Wow! Such great flavors!

Heather // girlichef April 19, 2014 - 9:59 am

Oh my gosh, I am so jealous…I have always wanted to eat at The Stinking Rose!! Your dish is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the gnoccheti, I haven’t seen them before. I would’ve refused the gum, too ;).

Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 19, 2014 - 8:56 am

Garlic, pine nuts and gnocchi…I’m all over this recipe! I’m pinning and stumbling this one! Thanks and Happy National Garlic Day!

Becca from ItsYummi! April 19, 2014 - 8:46 am

Not trying to sound demanding or anything, but I need this in my belly….NOW! :)

Cindys Recipes and Writings April 19, 2014 - 8:30 am

I love gnocchi and with garlic this sounds delicious, Erin!

Joanne April 19, 2014 - 6:53 am

I know some people don’t like the smell of garlic, but I absolutely adore it!! I want to drink that gorgonzola sauce.


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