I have a family that hates leftovers, so I’m often left with insignificant leftover servings that I simply cannot let go to waste. Yes, I am that person that will salvage those two limp celery stalks and give them a new existence.

As I was getting ready to prepare dinner during NYC’s umpteenth snowstorm this year, I was overcome with the desire to clean out my fridge. As I opened the door, I found myself staring at boiled carrots leftover from chicken stock, extra chopped spinach from a stracciatella, a fair amount of ricotta and very sad-looking basil.

So, what do you do when you have leftover spinach, ricotta, basil and boiled carrots? Well, if you are like me, you are going make spinach gnocchi with tomato sauce and basil oil.