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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes

Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes | The Sweets Life
Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes
Pre-kid weekends looked a little bit different than our weekends do now. We used to sleep as late as we wanted (which, truth be told, was never past 8 am), often headed out to run together, and then spent our days doing whatever it is that we wanted. For me, that usually involved spending multiple hours in the kitchen, often taking advantage of the extra time I had and preparing more labor-intensive meals that I'd normally pass on during the week. Nowadays we're up earlier, which is actually something we love...and don't hate me, but we are sometimes up before Brecken on the weekends!, we try to coordinate workouts around naptimes, and I'm soaking up every spare minute with Brecken after missing her all work week long. Occasionally I'll strive to make a more complex recipe, but most of the time the "30 minute weeknight recipes" are showing up on our travel on the weekends too.
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This particular skillet gnocchi dish was hastily prepared on a Sunday night, in between a trip to the playground and a miniature concert in the living room with Brecken's electronic piano. I added spinach to the original recipe to get some greens in and turn this into a one-dish meal. There are a ton of flavors of sausage and chicken sausage out there so you can easily use your favorite; I believe the ones I used for this were sundried tomato and basil flavored. Note that while the recipe serves 4, since it was the only thing we ate that night there was only a tiny bit left for lunchtime leftovers...but maybe we're just pigs!

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Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes

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-1 lb gnocchi (I used whole wheat)
-coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
-olive oil
-9 oz (about 3 links) cooked sausage or chicken sausage, any flavor 
-1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
-5-6 cups fresh spinach
-1-2 oz fresh basil, julienned (1/2 to 1 cup loosely packed)

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Cook the gnocchi for 2 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil. 
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a light drizzle of olive oil. Add the sausage, cooking for 2-3 minutes, or until it begins to brown. Remove sausage and turn heat up to high.
3. Once skillet is very hot, add the tomatoes, cooking for 1-2 minutes or beginning to blister. Add the sausage back to the pan along with the spinach and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Stir in gnocchi, cooking just until combined but tomatoes haven't broken down into sauce.
4. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.