Maintenance – Gnocchi and Kale Surprise

Gnocchi (pronounced Nyo-key) are delicious little dumplings made predominately with potato and flour.  They can be purchased dried, frozen, or fresh in vacuum sealed packages.  I found the whole wheat Gnocchi (which are a little trickier to find) at World Market.  I absolutely loved this recipe and ate if for lunch and dinner 3 days in a row.  Unfortunately, there was so much leftover because my husband and kids were not big fans.  I was schocked!  They said they just didn’t like the texture of the Gnocchi (which I loved).  So for this reason I call it Gnocchi and Kale ‘Surprise” – surprise becuase of how surprised I was at the flavor but also surprised that my kids hated it!

1 TBS olive oil

1 16oz package of gnocchi (preferably whole wheat)

1 onion (I really like the sweet onion in this)

4 cloves of garlic, minced

4 TBS of water

1 LARGE bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped (can also use chard or spinach)

2 tomatoes, chopped – or one 15oz can of diced tomatoes, drained

1 15oz can of white beans, drained

salt and pepper to taste

fresh chopped basil and Paremsan cheese if desired

Heat 1 TBS of oil in a large skillet on medium heat.  Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often,  until plumped and starting to brown.  About 6 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl.

Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft, about 7 minutes.  Then add the garlic, water and kale.  Cook until the kale has started to wilt, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the tomatoes, beans, salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and then add te gnocchi.  Serve immediately, topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese (optional).

Source: WFM 1-10

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