Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gnocchi, Zucchini, and Spinach Bake


Gnocchi is probably my favourite thing ever.  It is awesome and I've loved it ever since I was a little girl.  This bake combines gnocchi with luscious, melty mozzarella and some awesome veggies.  If you want a dish that will warm you to your bones on one of these cool fall nights, this dish would be perfect.

Gnocchi, Zucchini, and Spinach Bake

1- 500g package of fresh gnocchi (it doesn't have to be fresh, just adjust the cooking time according to the packaging!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1- 14oz. can diced tomatoes
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups spinach
1/2 ball of part-skim mozzarella, sliced

Start by making the sauce:  heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet.  Add the garlic and cook for about a minute until it becomes fragrant, but not brown.  Add the sliced zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes.  Next, add the tomatoes and spices.  Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

While the sauce is simmering, bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add the gnocchi.  If it is fresh, it should take about 3 minutes to cook.  When the gnocchi is cooked it will rise to the top of the water.  Drain the gnocchi and add it to the sauce after the sauce has simmered for 15 minutes.  Stir in the spinach at the same time.

Transfer the gnocchi, sauce, and vegetables to a 8x8 baking dish. Cover with sliced mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes.

2 comments:

  1. now you've got me wanting to try gnocchi, looks so yummy!. never tried before. Will have to make gnocchi from scratch, as I've not seen frozen gnocchi sold here.

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  2. Bella, I made this tonight for dinner and both Dad and I loved it. I could only find gnocchi prepackage and not fresh and I got talking (imagine that) and thought I overcooked it. But it turned out great. Dad loved the combination of tomato flavor with the spinach flavor. I also cooked a cooked a couple of chicken breasts in case the gnocchi was bad and it was great together. I may consider putting cooked chicken in with the mixture it goes in the oven next time. Thanks for the recipe, it is a keeper. Love you! Mom

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