Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach

I was looking for an easy, yet satisfying, weeknight meal, and this recipe was recommended by BMK of Reservations Not Required. I was concerned that this meal would be too bland in flavor, but it was surprisingly good, and a cinch to put together in a pinch. (My DB cooked it for me.) The flavors of the sausage and shredded Parmesan really imparted great flavor to this dish. The only suggestion my DB stated would be to add a Parmesan cream sauce- he felt it was a little dry. Otherwise, an easy weeknight meal that is colorful, includes vegetables, and tastes great.

(2) 9-ounce packages refrigerated gnocchi or one 17.5-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi (I used Buitoni Whole Wheat Cheese Tortellini)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed (I used spicy sausage)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
5-ounce bag baby spinach (I used frozen broccoli, thawed)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmesan, plus more for garnishing

1. Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling it with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Add the garlic, broccoli, salt, and pepper and cook, tossing frequently, until the broccoli warms through, about 3 minutes.

5. Add the drained gnocchi, the reserved cooking liquid, and the Parmesan and toss.

6. Divide among individual bowls and sprinkle with additional Parmesan.

Tip: Gnocchi are small, quick-cooking dumplings, usually made from potatoes. You'll find them with the fresh or dried pasta in supermarkets, or you can substitute a short pasta, such as rigatoni, penne, or farfalle.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Source: Real Simple, MARCH 2007


BMK said...

I'm glad you liked it! I bet a garlic cream sauce would be really good. I just made the summer berry pie that I saw in Baking Illustrated and your blog!

Joelen said...

Looks delicious and hearty too!

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