Skillet Gnocchi Dinner – Take Two

Once upon a time on a blog a long, long ago, there was a skillet gnocchi dinner that was made, raved about and eaten up; every last bite of it.   The gnocchi dinner was happy on the blog until one day, the blog queen packed up and moved the blog to a new home and left poor skillet gnocchi dinner behind.

Ok, not really, but for some reason when I moved over to WordPress, one of the casualties of the move was this recipe.  The title’s there, but none of the content.  So, of course, in my eyes that’s just an excuse to whip up another batch of this yummy dinner!  This is one of those meals that has it all to me.  It’s quick to cook, healthy to eat, kid friendly with all the cheese and tomato sauce, and a one dish meal, which while I know they aren’t as shi-shi as some meals, we love ‘em in this home because you get everything you need without all the work of putting together sides.

The other great part of this dinner is how versatile it is.  The first time I made this I used italian sausage.  This time I used turkey.  Chicken would also be delicious.  Or, you can cook it up like the neighbor who passed it to me does (thank you Valerie!) and leave the meat out all together for a vegetarian dinner that will make even the heartiest meat eater happy.

So are we ready to get cooking?  Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients Needed:

1 Pkg of Gnocchi
1 Pd of Ground Turkey or Italian Sausage
1 Onion, Diced
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Can of White Kidney Beans
1 Bag of Fresh or 2 Cups of Frozen Spinach
1 28 Oz Can of Marinara Sauce
1 tsp of Basil
1 tsp of Oregano
1/8 tsp of Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 Cup of Vegetable Broth
2 Tbsp of White Wine
1 Pkg or Marinated Mozzarella or 2 Cups of Shredded
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cook your gnocchi up according to package directions.  While your gnocchi is heating up,  grab your turkey or sausage and cook it up along with the onion and garlic on medium high heat.  If you choose to go vegetarian, simply leave the meat out and add in a tablespoon or two of butter with your onion and garlic.

Once the meat is cooked through, turn the heat down to medium and add in the beans and the spinach.  I added a combination of fresh and frozen spinach because that’s what I had on hand.

Cook the beans and spinach until heated through and then add in the marinara, basil, oregano, crushed pepper, vegetable broth and white wine.

Stir it all together, let the dinner heat up one more time and throw in some salt and pepper to taste.  Finally place the mozzarella on the top of the skillet dish, put the top on the pan and let it sit for about five minutes until the cheese is melted.

And that’s all there is to it!  As quick as that you have provided your family with a delicious, healthy meal and the skillet gnocchi dinner can once again live happily ever after.

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Skillet Gnocchi Dinner

Ingredients:

1 Pkg of Gnocchi
1 Pd of Ground Turkey or Italian Sausage
1 Onion, Diced
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Can of White Kidney Beans
1 Bag of Fresh or 2 Cups of Frozen Spinach
1 28 Oz Can of Marinara Sauce
1 tsp of Basil
1 tsp of Oregano
1/8 tsp of Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 Cup of Vegetable Broth
2 Tbsp of White Wine
1 Pkg or Marinated Mozzarella or 2 Cups of Shredded
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

Cook your gnocchi up according to package directions. While your gnocchi is heating up, grab your turkey or sausage and cook it up along with the onion and garlic on medium high heat. If you choose to go vegetarian, simply leave the meat out and add in a tablespoon or two of butter with your onion and garlic.

Once the meat is cooked through, turn the heat down to medium and add in the beans and the spinach. I added a combination of fresh and frozen spinach because that's what I had on hand.

Cook the beans and spinach until heated through and then add in the marinara, basil, oregano, crushed pepper, vegetable broth and white wine.

Stir it all together, let the dinner heat up one more time and throw in some salt and pepper to taste. Finally place the mozzarella on the top of the skillet dish, put the top on the pan and let it sit for about five minutes until the cheese is melted.

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28 Responses to “Skillet Gnocchi Dinner – Take Two”

  1. 1

    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 25, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    YUM, I like the way you think! Using even the negative events as an opportunity for delicious food :) This looks amazing!

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    Rita — August 25, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    So happy to find this recipe; I love this combination of food; who would have thought?
    Thank you.

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    Alex Fitzpatrick — August 25, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    I think this was the very first time I saw your blog. I couldn’t believe how awesome this recipe was. I’m making it next week for sure. Thanks for reminding me.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

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    Ameena — August 25, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    Your photos never cease to amaze me…this looks divine. I think the addition of the kidney beans is brilliant!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 25, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    YUM! I love this idea! I have some mini-gnocchi from Italy that my sister brought me and I may have to try this… and SOON!

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    5 Star Foodie — August 25, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    Yum! The gnocchi sound delightful with the beans and the mozzarella!

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    Unplanned Cooking — August 25, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Looks yummy! We always have some gnocchi on hand. It’s a nice switch of pace from pasta, and just as easy.

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    Holy Cannoli Recipes — August 25, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Oh my that looks good. I recently just started making my own gnocchi and am looking for fun ways to use it. This dish it right up my alley with the spinach and beans. Thanks for sharing.

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    LenzLove — August 25, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    The one thing I love about coming over here is truly wanting to get in the kitchen and eat!! Are you surprised? Did you think I was going to say cook?
    Your food just looks so yummy, it always makes me hungry!

    Thanks :-)

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    Roti n Rice — August 25, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    Ooh…I like the spinach and beans in the sauce. This sounds delicious and I think my boys will love it.

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    Kasandria — August 25, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    You know I’m not that great of a cook, but this one I’m going to have to try. YUMMY!
    Kas

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    OK CHICK — August 25, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Yesterday’s post was on foodgwaker. You’re famous!

    • Julie M. replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

      It got accepted?! Woohoo! I didn’t know that. Thanks for letting me know!

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    girlichef — August 25, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Oh my gosh…gnocchi is one of my favorite comfort foods! Gorgeous meal :)

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — August 25, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    This one looks so good. You always have the most amazing food photos. I want to eat my laptop!

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    Nirmala — August 25, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    This looks so tasty especially without the meat. I’ve been reluctant to try the TJs gnocchi but one of these days may be I should give it a try.

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    Anna Johnston — August 25, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    I do love a good gnocchi & this one looks pretty darn awesome :)

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    Brenda — August 25, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    Julie, for some reason your site didn’t update on my blog roll and I didn’t even realize you had new recipes up. ARGH! Sorry, I’m so far behind! I can’t even tell you how good your pictures look. What a wonderful, delicious-looking meal. Fantastic! I just love gnocchi and this looks like one amazing recipe.

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    Arnold — August 26, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    Wow, not only does this look delicious, your photos also show the steps very clearly. Thanks.

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    the Success Ladder — August 26, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    This is a very interesting point of view. Your blog is refreshing, but I wish one could find more content, though. I am looking forward to reading more from you. Keep up the good work. thanks.

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    Katerina — August 26, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    This is definitely an easy and extremely tasty meal. I love the pictures.

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    Maranda — August 27, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    Oh my gosh! Another delicious looking recipe I MUST try! I’ve never tried gnocchi but I’m thinking I have to now. Thanks for sharing!

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    eliza — March 19, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I did this last week and loved it. It’s definitely going to be one of those I do over and over.

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    Sarah — March 27, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    What don’t say what to do with the gnocchi once cooked… Do you add it into the pot with the rest of the ingredients or put the gnocchi onto bowl/plate & spoon the sauce over?

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    Sarah — March 27, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    Correction to above comment – what do you do with the cooked gnocchi?

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