When it comes to side dishes, I’m of the belief that they should be as simple as possible. But, let’s be honest, sometimes the side dish ends up being the best part of the meal and I’m okay with that too.
This 10-Minute Gnocchi is one of the side dishes. It’s ready in a flash, but it’s so yummy! If you have never tried gnocchi before, it’s basically a pasta-like dumpling made with potatoes! I adore these soft pillows of deliciousness so much and don’t cook with gnocchi nearly enough! Gnocchi can be quite dense and filling though so I kind of prefer eating it as a side dish as opposed to a main dish!
Gnocchi only takes about 2-3 minutes to cook in boiling water. For the sauce, I just threw in a can of crushed tomatoes with some garlic and stirred in a little bit of half and half which added a nice and light bit of creaminess. I also threw in a couple of handfuls of spinach which you can add or leave out if desired. This side dish couldn’t be easier! It can be served with chicken or fish. And really, although I made this as a side dish, I would happily eat this as a really fast dinner too!
Yield: serves 3-4
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- approx. 1 pound gnocchi
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup half and half (optional)
- 2 cups baby spinach (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese
- Cook gnocchi according to package directions (about 2-3 minutes) and drain.
- In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add the tomatoes and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the half and half and the spinach. Cook for another 3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Add in the cooked gnocchi and stir to coat in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese on top.