Sunday, March 2, 2008

Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach

I have been wanting to try a recipe with Gnocchi for quite a while. I've had it several times in restaurants but never made them at home. I'm hoping to try my hand at making them from scratch soon. This month's Food and Wine has a delicious looking recipe for homemade gnocchi on the cover. I recently saw this recipe for Gnocchi with Spinach and Sausage on The recipe originated from Real Simple Magazine. This recipe was quick to throw together and had nice bold flavors. We rated it a solid 8 out of 10. I substituted Italian chicken sausage for the regular sausage. Next time, I think I might add some tomatoes to it as well. This serves up easily for a nice weeknight dinner but is elegant enough to entertain with.

Gnocchi with Spinach and Sausage
Recipe as Adapted from Real Simple Magazine

2 9-ounce packages refrigerated gnocchi or one 17.5-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed (I used Italian Chicken Sausage)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmesan, plus more for garnishing

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

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling it with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, spinach, salt, and pepper and cook, tossing frequently, until the spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Add the drained gnocchi, the reserved cooking liquid, and the Parmesan and toss. 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

CALORIES 815 (53% from fat); FAT 48g (sat 14g); SUGAR 11g; PROTEIN 36g; CHOLESTEROL 96mg; SODIUM 1,886mg; FIBER 4g; CARBOHYDRATE 58g

Real Simple, MARCH 2007

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