A Warming Winter Dinner: Skillet Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 21, 2011

It’s no secret that for the past week or so, the weather in the Bay Area has been pretty crappy. Gloomy, rainy, and really cold! (well, cold for the Bay Area, that is). So a few nights ago I decided to make a really hearty, warming recipe that I found on EatingWell.com – for Skillet Gnocchi. I had never made Gnocchi before so I thought it would be a fun experiment – and it turned out really well!

Tell me that doesn’t make your mouth water 🙂 It was surprisingly easy to make, and didn’t take very long at all. Of course, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – so my modified recipe is below. You can find the original here. To anyone who’s a “Gnocchi virgin” or hasn’t enjoyed Gnocchi in the past, I’d really encourage you to try this dish! My husband has never enjoyed Gnocchi before – but he loved it. The dish is also really balanced and healthy – tons of fiber and protein from the beans & veggies, balanced with carbs from the reasonable portion of Gnocchi.

The Ingredients

A couple of notes:

  • The original recipe calls for 1 Tbsp of EVOO to fry the gnocchi before you add it to the dish. I just used EVOO cooking spray to pan fry the gnocchi and it worked perfectly! That was one main modification.
  • I also substituted frozen spinach for the chard in the original recipe – mainly to save time & prep work.
  • AND – I found whole wheat gnocchi at Trader Joe’s so I substituted that for the regular gnocchi.
  • I also added 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper and fresh basil to the dish to amp up the spice & flavor.

My ingredients list:

  • EVOO cooking spray
  • 1 tsp EVOO (to pan fry the onions)
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 package whole wheat gnocchi
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package frozen spinach
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings added
  • 1 15oz can white beans
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1-2 tsp fresh basil
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the gnocchi in boiling water according to package directions. Drain, cool, set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet, and add the onion – cook for a few minutes
  3. Add the garlic and water – cover and cook until the onion is soft (4-6 min)
  4. Meanwhile, using EVOO spray, pan fry the gnocchi in a separate skillet until lightly browned
  5. Add the spinach to the skillet with the onion in it, and cook until the spinach defrosts/starts to wilt
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, pepper, basil, crushed red pepper and salt to taste – bring to a simmer
  7. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
  8. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3-5 min.

Pictures – step by step:

Slicing the onions & pan-frying the gnocchi


How cute do those gnocchi pillows look? Once they were done cooking, I set them aside in a bowl

Meanwhile, the veggies were cooking

Don’t the colors look beautiful? When they were almost done cooking, I added in the gnocchi

And then, the best part – the cheese.

Look at all that melted, gooey cheese. With all the wonderful smells filling our house and the bubbling sauce & cheese in the dish, we couldn’t wait to dig in!

Amazingly satisfying, healthy and delicious. The perfect meal for a cold winter day.

Skillet Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 325

Fat per serving: 7g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 325 Calories, 7g Fat, 616mg Sodium, 55g Carbs, 6g Fiber, 14g Protein

Ingredients

  • EVOO cooking spray
  • 1 tsp EVOO (to pan fry the onions)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 package whole wheat gnocchi
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package frozen spinach
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings added
  • 1 15oz can white beans
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1-2 tsp fresh basil
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the gnocchi in boiling water according to package directions. Drain, cool, set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet, and add the onion – cook for a few minutes
  3. Add the garlic and water – cover and cook until the onion is soft (4-6 min)
  4. Meanwhile, using EVOO spray, pan fry the gnocchi in a separate skillet until lightly browned
  5. Add the spinach to the skillet with the onion in it, and cook until the spinach defrosts/starts to wilt
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, pepper, basil, crushed red pepper and salt to taste – bring to a simmer
  7. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
  8. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3-5 min.

Notes

Adapted from EatingWell

http://pickyeaterblog.com/a-warming-winter-dinner-skillet-gnocchi-with-spinach-and-white-beans/

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

yumtherapy February 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Yum! This looks really satisfying. Thanks for sharing!

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happywhennothungry February 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Wow this looks amazing! I’ve never had gnocchi cooked like this before in a skillet. Yum!

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Kankana February 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

This looks soo tasty dear !
PS : what is EVOO spray ? never heard of that before!

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anjalim February 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

oh! haha it’s extra virgin olive oil spray 🙂 You can find it at Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores. I love it – use it in most of my cooking – great substitute for regular extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)!

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Christen February 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Wow this looks great and is right on time. I cooked half a pack of gnocchi the other night and was trying to decide how I wanted to prepare the rest. Thanks!

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Hester February 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

I LOVE how everything can be bought at Trader Joe’s. I’m going to be posting a post very soon about making homemade pizza with everything from TJ’s 🙂 Onto serious business: this gnocchi dish is absolutely scrumptious and droolworthy ::drool::

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Rochelle (Acquired Taste) February 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

This looks great! That melty-melty cheese on top really does it 😀

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mywanderingspoon February 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

Amazing dish, looks wonderful….I adore gnocchi….next time send a taste please:)

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Sanura @ MyLifeRunsOnFood.com February 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Often Gnocchi is served without vegetables, making it a guilty pleasure. This is a great comfort dish made healthy with the Spinach.

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Kita February 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

This does sound like a great winter supper! And who doesn’t love a great skillet meal!

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Rachel February 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I actually made this last week! I found it in a magazine and my kids are really into gnocchi lately. I posted a recipe on my FB page that my son came up with last night. My cousin Lisa told me about your blog and recipe. I have been looking around and it all looks very yummy.

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Kaitlyn April 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

Made this last night…sooo good!

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Dana November 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

This dish is AMAZING!!! My husband & I love your blog and have been cooking from it quite a bit lately; this has been my favorite recipe so far!

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anjalim November 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like my blog and are enjoying the recipes – happy cooking!

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CarolynB October 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

I made this for the first time and it came out great! It was pretty simply and tasted delicious! My whole family enjoyed it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

That’s so great Carolyn! I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂

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Lindsay B November 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You don’t need to boil the gnocchi since it is being pan fried. That is redundant. May want to update your recipe.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Hi Lindsay, thanks for your feedback! So actually, the gnocchi I used from Trader Joe’s specifically had directions to first boil the gnocchi and then pan fry it. It turned out perfectly crisp on the outside and buttery on the inside. It might work differently with different types of gnocchi, and especially if you make the gnocchi from scratch the directions would be different. But for the packaged version I used, the directions I have in the recipe are the right ones! Thanks again!

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