Anna’s 30 minute Gnocchi

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I just love it when friends send me recipes to try.

I love it even more when the recipes they send are good.

And this recipe is really good – and fast!

Bacon, garlic, frozen veggies and gnocchi are the main ingredients. While three of those ingredients are very familiar for me, I have never cooked with gnocchi.

So what is gnocchi?

A traditional Italian dumpling typically made of mashed potatoes.  One of the oldest recorded dishes, gnocchi is often served in a pesto, Alfredo or even tomato style sauce. It’s often used as an appetizer, in soups or as an alternative to pasta.

This recipes uses premade gnocchi but can be homemade fairly easily using ‘baking style’ potatoes. Maybe next time I’ll give it a try with this recipe from Love with Food.

Ingredients:

1 package pre-made dried unrefrigerated gnocchi (with the dried pasta)

4 slices bacon

1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (mine had asparagus, broccoli and snow peas)

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

2 – 3 large cloves of garlic

1 tsp. Cumin

Red pepper flakes, to taste (Didn’t have any so I substituted cayenne, go easy!)

Salt and Pepper

½ cup Parmesan cheese (Didn’t have any so I left it out)

½ cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  1. Set a large sauce pot of salted water to boil. Make sure it’s large enough to let the gnocchi swirl freely.
  2. While water waiting for the water to boil, crisp up the bacon in a skillet. Transfer to paper towel lined plate when done.
  3. Drain off all but a tablespoon or less of the bacon grease. Allow to cool for 3 – 5 minutes.
  4. In the same skillet used for the bacon, melt butter and add olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Once the butter melts, add garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant about 30 seconds.
  6. Add frozen veggies to the skillet and cook until warmed throughout (~5 minutes).
  7. Once the water is boiling, add gnocchi. They cook very quickly (~2 minutes), so begin cooking after adding veggies to the skillet. When the gnocchi floats to the top, remove them from the water with a slotted spoon or strainer.
  8. Add to veggie skillet and toss until fully mixed. Be careful not to break the dumplings when mixing.
  9. Serve with mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese and top with crumbled bacon. Enjoy!
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