Cheating gnocchi with vegetarian Italian “sausage”!
Ok, to be fair, gnocchi is a PAIN to create homemade. I mean the boiling potatoes, peeling, mashing, rolling with flour, at least an hour time investment just to prepare it. This is one food that I’ll “cheat” and buy it already in dumpling form.
Turns out Target has a great and visually appealing “tricolor gnocchi” for only a few bucks and takes about 10 minutes to cook.
If you’ve never had gnocchi, it’s a great potato/flour dumpling which goes amazing in a marinara, olive oil, or cream based sauce. My son LOVES pasta, so this is an amazing alternative. It’s basically a starch so I add a protein(vegetarian sausage) as well as some extra virgin olive oil and green veggies to balance it out a bit.
Here’s how I make it balanced and healthy…
1 package gnocchi(Target and Trader Joes have great ones)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tofurkey Italian sun dried tomato vegetarian “sausage”
1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1 cup diced leafy green(spinach or other)
1/2 cup frozen peas
How to make it…
Start water boiling in a medium pot, add gnocchi(it sinks), and prepare everything else.
As soon as the first dumpling floats to the top of the boiling water, add everything except olive oil. The rest of the gnocchi will rise within a minute or two.
Take off stove, drain, put in bowl(or back in pot) and add olive oil.
Then top with Parmesan cheese and serve!