Roasted Vegetables over Gnocchi with a Beet Green Chimichurri

This is like, pandemic chic.

It’s that one meal where dried goods meets bottom-of-the-veggie-drawer meets garden birthage fresh. And it’s vegetarian! Just in case you needed to hear that today.

It looks like a lot, but honestly it’s just an ish-load of chopped veggies in a hot oven getting a gorgeous roast for an hour. See, hands off! This is the way I take care of you.

Oh – before we get down to the chimichurri, know this is highly adaptable. If you can’t find beets to use the greens in the chimi, you’re still a good person. Anything works! Grab multiple herbs from the garden and whizz it up.

Behind door number one we’ve got carrots and golden beets. I couldn’t resist the beets when I saw them batting their eyes at me in the store. That brilliant orange color melted me into submission and honestly I’ve not since recovered.

Dice it, roast it. (If you want to add a dash of cumin powder to this tray, FLY.)

And behind door number two we have two heads of cauliflower. I AM OBSESSED WITH THE CAULI. I’ve got loads of roasted cauliflower recipes on this here internet website URL and I’m not stopping anytime soon.

TIP: break or cut the florets down to a small size. Too large a floret yields an odd, off-putting yellowing post roast, and we ain’t got time for that. You want char. Deep browning. Crispy edges and tooth-tender centers.

You feel me?

Chimichurris, pestos, green slurries – I live for them. They make the perfect acidic drizzle for anything that has a deep flavor, like our roasted beauts. Get in the habit of whizzing these up. They’ll flip every single one of your meals upside down and right side up again.

Boil some gnocchi, okie dokie? (<—not even a chance of being sorry)

Once you’ve dropped these into hot water for about three minutes, they’ll float to the top. Save about 1/2 cup of that starchy pasta water and drain the rest. Add the water back and either a Tbs. of good olive oil or a pat of butter. Pinch of salt? Sure! We’re living today.

And then you pile it up like a machine and stare at it for about 30 minutes because it is a mountain of roasted glory. And that beet green chimi on top? That’s you with a flag. This is your moment. Shine, birdie.

You can serve it like this, or make individual bowls in the kitchen. But I mean, you know that.

The flavors are fantastic. It’s all pretty simple, but has that delicious layer of comfort pulsing through.

Make it!

Pandemic chic, I sayeth.

Roasted Vegetables over Gnocchi with a Beet Green Chimichurri
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  • 2 heads cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 golden beets, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 2 cups beet greens (washed)
  • 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the roasting
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound dried gnocchi, boiled until al dente
  • Coarse salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. On two large baking sheets, arrange the chopped vegetables and florets. Drizzle with a few Tbs. of olive oil and season with coarse salt. Toss with your fingers to coat. Roast for 30 minutes. Flip the trays and roast another 20-30 minutes, until the veggies are tender and gorgeously roasted all over. The cauliflower will need the full hour! Trust me.
  3. In a food processor, combine the beet greens, parsley, garlic, crushed red pepper, red wine vinegar and a good pinch of coarse salt. With the motor running, add the 4 Tbs. oil in a thin stream. Taste it. Need more acid? Add a touch more vinegar. Might need a tiny bit more salt, too. Get it the way you dig it!
  4. Serve the cooked gnocchi (you can toss this with a Tbs. of oil and a pinch of salt to avoid sticking) topped with roasted veggies and a good dollop of the chimichurri. Serve immediately!
  5. Serves 4.

Yes that’s iced coffee with it. This is where we are in life, you guys.

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8 Responses to Roasted Vegetables over Gnocchi with a Beet Green Chimichurri

  1. Nancy May 28, 2020 at 9:59 am #
    This looks SO good! I've gotten to where I could care less about eating meat (have a craving about once a month if that) so this is right up my alley! Unfortunately, I don't have a single one of the ingredients! Well, I won't lie. I have garlic & carrots :) But I'm keeping this at the forefront for my next grocery run.
    • Bev Weidner May 28, 2020 at 10:53 am #
      And the beauty of this is, roast whatever you have! Throw it over a starchy pasta/gnocchi and top it with any greens blitzed in oil and vinegar. Done. Yum. Hope you enjoy! :)
  2. Christi May 28, 2020 at 3:20 pm #
    Perhaps I am being too forward, but the caramelization on those veggies is total food porn goodness. YUM!
  3. Sabrina May 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm #
    I've usually just gone straight to the beet when working with beet, and that's rarely since beets are something I forget about most of the time, but strangely like, they have such a unique flavor, anyway never bought them with the greens so, a good excuse to get the whole thing, thank you for a lovely recipe!
  4. basketball stars May 31, 2020 at 8:44 pm #
    Thanks so much for the information you shared in this article! My mother and I are going to make these right now!
  5. Laura June 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm #
    Oooof, that is some SERIOUSLY garlicky chimichurri! I made this tonight, it was a LOT too strong for us... I ended up sauteeing the gnocchi in the sauce so that hopefully the heat would mellow out the garlic, which worked kind of. But those roasted veggies are amazing! I will make them this way again for sure!
    • Bev Weidner June 3, 2020 at 7:40 am #
      Oh no! I'm so sorry. I LOVE garlic, so it's never enough for me. Ha! I'm glad you sautéed it though. That's a good idea. Next time nix half the garlic. Thank you for making it and letting me know! xx -b
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