Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Easy Baked Gnocchi with Sausage

Here's what you could do. You could make this dish with ricotta, fresh basil, real tomatoes, handmade gnocchi and onions/peppers and I can promise it would probably be complex, rich, flavorful and all around fabulous.

But if you're pressed for time/energy/creativity, you can also do my cheater, easy version and also have a rich, flavorful and all around fabulous dinner.

Here's what you can do if you fall into the latter category:

  1. Boil water for gnocchi and preheat the oven to 425.
  2. In another skillet/pot, brown ground sausage and once fully cooked, add jarred pasta sauce with a little extra garlic.
  3. Add gnocchi to boiling water and cook until the gnocchi floats to the top, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked gnocchi to the sausage sauce and mix until it's coated. 
  5. Add the gnocchi and sausage to a baking dish coated in cooking spray and layer it with shredded mozzarella cheese, with a layer on top for good measure. Pop that bad boy into the oven and watch it until the cheese is melted.
  6. Turn on the broiler and wait until your cheese begins to bubble and brown. That right there is where the magic lives!
  7. Eat. You'll experience deep feelings of bliss, followed by deep feelings of, "ooof why did I eat so much?" 

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