It’s no secret that for the past week or so, the weather in the Bay Area has been pretty crappy. Gloomy, rainy, and really cold! (well, cold for the Bay Area, that is). So a few nights ago I decided to make a really hearty, warming recipe that I found on EatingWell.com – for Skillet Gnocchi. I had never made Gnocchi before so I thought it would be a fun experiment – and it turned out really well!
Tell me that doesn’t make your mouth water 🙂 It was surprisingly easy to make, and didn’t take very long at all. Of course, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – so my modified recipe is below. You can find the original here. To anyone who’s a “Gnocchi virgin” or hasn’t enjoyed Gnocchi in the past, I’d really encourage you to try this dish! My husband has never enjoyed Gnocchi before – but he loved it. The dish is also really balanced and healthy – tons of fiber and protein from the beans & veggies, balanced with carbs from the reasonable portion of Gnocchi.
A couple of notes:
- The original recipe calls for 1 Tbsp of EVOO to fry the gnocchi before you add it to the dish. I just used EVOO cooking spray to pan fry the gnocchi and it worked perfectly! That was one main modification.
- I also substituted frozen spinach for the chard in the original recipe – mainly to save time & prep work.
- AND – I found whole wheat gnocchi at Trader Joe’s so I substituted that for the regular gnocchi.
- I also added 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper and fresh basil to the dish to amp up the spice & flavor.
My ingredients list:
- EVOO cooking spray
- 1 tsp EVOO (to pan fry the onions)
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 package whole wheat gnocchi
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 package frozen spinach
- 1 15oz can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings added
- 1 15oz can white beans
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup part skim Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1-2 tsp fresh basil
- Salt to taste
- Cook the gnocchi in boiling water according to package directions. Drain, cool, set aside.
- Heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet, and add the onion – cook for a few minutes
- Add the garlic and water – cover and cook until the onion is soft (4-6 min)
- Meanwhile, using EVOO spray, pan fry the gnocchi in a separate skillet until lightly browned
- Add the spinach to the skillet with the onion in it, and cook until the spinach defrosts/starts to wilt
- Stir in the tomatoes, beans, pepper, basil, crushed red pepper and salt to taste – bring to a simmer
- Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
- Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3-5 min.
Pictures – step by step:
Slicing the onions & pan-frying the gnocchi
How cute do those gnocchi pillows look? Once they were done cooking, I set them aside in a bowl
Meanwhile, the veggies were cooking
Don’t the colors look beautiful? When they were almost done cooking, I added in the gnocchi
And then, the best part – the cheese.
Look at all that melted, gooey cheese. With all the wonderful smells filling our house and the bubbling sauce & cheese in the dish, we couldn’t wait to dig in!
Amazingly satisfying, healthy and delicious. The perfect meal for a cold winter day.