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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.

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.