Saturday, January 25, 2014

Spinach and White Bean Gnocchi

Recently I was searching the web for some menu inspiration.  I have found that I have not been inspired much in the last year or so, all the recipes were not new or not for my family and going out to eat either leaves me feeling underwhelmed or overwhelmed but not inspired.  

My kids love gnocchi, they prefer in in tomato soup of all things, but I wanted to find a new vegetarian dish that I thought they would eat.  When I happened upon gnocchi with chard and white beans I was inspired.  I did not do the exact recipe but used it as a base for the following, which was a hit even with my hubby who is not a gnocchi fan.   Best of all this dish is FAST!

1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoons 
1 16-ounce package gnocchi, I found Meijer brand in the freezer section and wow are frozen gnocchi so much better than the packages you find in the pasta area.
4 cloves garlic cut into little slices.
6 cups washed, fresh organic baby spinach 
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat a large pot of salted water to cook the gnocchi in.

While pot of water is coming to a boil heat the olive oil in a large skillet, add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent.  Add the tomatoes and spinach and cover until spinach is wilted. at this point the water should be boiling and ready for the gnocchi.  It only takes about 3 minutes for the gnocchi to float to the top of the water, when they do skim them off and add them to the skillet with the tomatoes and spinach. Stir in the beans, seasoning, and heat through.  sprinkle cheese over the top of dish and cover for about a minute until the cheese is melted.  Serve.  

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