Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Fresh Herb Gnocchi (vegan recipe)

Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Herb Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a handy ingredient to have in your fridge. Yes you can make your own, but if like me you haven't managed to get that recipe quite right yet (yes it was a disaster), then shop bought gnocchi is the next best thing.

I usually use gnocchi to make a filling bake, you may have seen my Tomato and Aubergine Gnocchi Bake (vegetarian) , my Tomato and Basil Gnocchi Bake (vegetarian) or my Tomato Gnocchi Bake with Cheesy Oat Crumble (vegan). The two vegetarian gnocchi bakes can be easily adapted for a vegan diet, just use vegan mozzarella.

This time I decided to make gnocchi dish with a freshly made creamy garlic mushroom and herb sauce. I make a simpler version of this sauce to pour over pasta, so I thought it would be great poured over gnocchi too and boy was I right.
Golden gnocchi in a fresh and creamy garlic mushroom and fresh herb sauce. Finished off with more fresh herbs. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. #gnocchi #mushrooms #creamsauce #freshherbs #vegan #essentialWaitrose #ad

Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Herb Gnocchi (vegan recipe)

Cooking mushrooms

I slowly cooked my chestnut mushrooms in olive oil and garlic until soft and juicy, then I added, stock, wine and some herbs and let the liquid cook down before adding dairy free plain yoghurt and soya single cream. It's all well seasoned and utterly delicious. 

I used to make it with just the wine added before the cream, but adding the little bit of stock really improves the flavour.

I also season my mushrooms well with black pepper a they cook.  I do like a lot of black pepper.

frying gnocchi until golden

Cooking gnocchi

The packet instructions recommend that you cook the gnocchi in boiling water for 3 minutes, which is a good starting point, but I like to then drain them, pat them on a clean tea towel and then I fry them in a little olive oil until they are crisp and golden with some nice charring.

Why fry gnocchi?

Frying the gnocchi turns them into little golden parcels that are crisp on the outside and soft inside like little roast potatoes. Mmmmmm! I picked up that little tip from Nigella Lawson.

essential Waitrose ingredients

essential Waitrose

I kept my food bill down for this dish with the essential Waitrose range. This good quality range from Waitrose contains 1500 everyday products at low prices.  

Waitrose also have a range called Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients with things like spices, fresh herbs and stocks which compliment all your every day items from the essential range.

To make this recipe vegan I used Alpro plain yoghurt and single cream, which are also available in store, but if you're vegetarian you could use the same quantities of creme fraiche and standard single cream.

Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Fresh Herb Gnocchi (vegan recipe)

Fresh herbs

I added fresh parsley to this sauce and piled some chopped fresh parsley to the dish before serving it. I also like to add fresh basil to this dish, but I forgot to pick some up while I was shopping. The basil is really good in this sauce so do try it.

When should I use fresh herbs?

This sauce is really fresh and creamy so fresh herbs work well and the fresh flavour shines through. For a longer cooking sauce with perhaps a tomato base or a gravy base or a soup or stew you could add dried herbs and they would have time to infuse their flavour, whereas the flavour of fresh herbs would be overpowered unless you added them right at the end just before serving.

close up of Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Herb Gnocchi

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Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Herb Gnocchi (vegan recipe)

Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Herb Gnocchi

Golden gnocchi in a fresh and creamy garlic mushroom and fresh herb sauce. Finished off with more fresh herbs. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g gnocchi
  • 500g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • A handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • A slosh of white wine
  • 50g/1/4 cup vegetable stock (1/2 vegetable stock cube)
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt (we used dairy-free)
  • 250ml/1 cup single cream (we used dairy-free)
  • A good grinding of salt and pepper


  1. Cook the gnocchi according to the packet instructions, drain and pat dry in a clean tea towel, then fry the gnocchi in a frying pan in one tablespoon of olive oil
    until crisp and golden.
  2. While the gnocchi is frying saute the mushrooms and garlic in a large frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil until the mushrooms are tender, seasoning well with salt and pepper.  
  3. Add some of the herbs (reserve some for decoration), the wine and stock and continue cooking gently until most of the liquid is almost gone.
  4. Add the yogurt and cream and stir well, until the sauce is warmed through. Taste for seasoning and add more if it needs it.
  5. Mix the gnocchi through the sauce and serve topped with a sprinkle of herbs. Serve with a side salad and garlic bread. It might not seem like a big portion, but it’s very filling.
  6. Enjoy
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The egg

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Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe)

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe)

You're just like me aren't you? You eat lots of falafel. 

They're a great go-to snack, but they are also good on a BBQ kebab skewer, in salads or in a wrap or sandwich with lots of salad and hummus.  In fact they are the perfect quick bite for both vegetarian and vegans.

Sometimes I add them to my yumbox, which is a bento box with lots of little compartments. I load my lunchbox with falafel, some hummus (dips don't leak in a yumbox), crunchy veg and pickled baby beets. It's one of my favourite lunches and my wee boy loves the same lunch.
Crisp green falafel made with edamame beans, peas and coriander and served with a yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip. This recipe is easy to make at home and suitable for vegetarians or vegans. #essentialWaitrose #vegan #falafel #ad

Homemade falafel

I tend to buy ready-made falafel from the supermarket. I bet you do too. Falafel are just so quick and convenient to pick up when you're shopping aren't they?

Today that changes! I made my own crispy falafel. I pimped them and swapped the usual chickpeas for edamame beans and petit pois (you could use bog standard frozen peas).

Now don't get me wrong, let's be realistic here. When I go shopping next week I'll definitely pick up ready-made falafel to use in lunches during the week, but now and again I'm going to take them time to make fresh falafel.

These green edamame and pea falafel have a crisp exterior and soft tasty filling. Shop bought falafel never really have the same crisp bite. 

Dark Treacle Banana Gingerbread (vegan recipe)

Dark Treacle Banana Gingerbread

Hands up who loves a slice of moist sticky gingerbread?

Yes me too.

I haven't made any for ages, but I had some bananas which were, shall we say rather ripe and I had to do something with them quickly before Graham lobbed them in the bin.  Yep, I have to be quick, he has a thing about bananas once they start going brown. I see them as challenge to bake something, he sees rotten fruit that has no right being there.

I usually make some chocolate chip banana bread with them or if I have some silken tofu in the fridge I whip up some luxurious chocolate mousse, but this time I decided to make dark treacle gingerbread with bananas as a binder and for decoration.

Choc Chip and Banana Chocolate Mousse (secretly healthy & vegan)

Choc chip and banana chocolate mousse. A luxurious chocolate mousse that is made in seconds. It's low in fat and calories as well as full of good stuff. This will becomes your go-to quick dessert and there's no guilt attached.

Chocolate Mousse. That can't be healthy right?

It can the way I make it. Only three ingredients too. Bananas, silken tofu and cocoa powder. That's it!

A rich indulgent chocolate mousse that's good for you. Although I do admit I added some dark chocolate chips for a change this time, but you could leave those out if you like..

This luxurious mousse is made in minutes, then you just pour it into glasses and pop it in the fridge to chill until you're ready to serve it.

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