One Skillet Gnocchi with Spinach & White Beans

I am a big fan of a one pan meal. I’m cursed with loving to cook but absolutely hating to clean up after myself (luckily my dinner dates usually help out with this part.)

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This one skillet gnocchi is great for a busy weeknight when you want a nutritious yet hearty meal in a flash.

To serve 4, you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pack of shelf stable gnocchi
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 small container of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 can of white beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste

Start by heating one tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat.

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Place your gnocchi in the oil  and mix to coat. Continue to stir the gnocchi until plump and gold brown on each side, about 7 minutes. Transfer your little dumplings to a bowl and keep warm.

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Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and onion the pan. Cook the onion until soft and lightly caramelized, about 10 mins. Stir in your garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.

Next, throw in your spinach, tomatoes, beans, pepper and toss to mix with the onion and garlic. Cook for another two minutes. Top with a healthy pinch of kosher or rock salt.

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Finally, add your gnocchi back into the pan.

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Mix your gnocchi and vegetables then sprinkle with Parmesan

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and mozzarella.

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Then cover the skillet just until cheese melts, about 1 minute.

Feel free to experiment with add ons like sausage or chicken for your protein fix.

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Toss a generous of helping gnocchi into a bowl and pair with some red wine for a cozy fall dinner. Lately, I’ve come to love Merlot. For some reason, Merlot seems to be the ugly step sister of red wine, but go ahead and give this varietal another shot. If you’re looking for ideas for inexpensive yet tasty wines, Food and Wine magazine has a stellar list. That’s where I’ve found one of my new favorites: 2005 Columbia Crest Merlot. Yum!

Give this gnocchi a try and let me know what you think! But, if you bring this into your the office, beware of lunch envy!

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