Times are tough. It’s all over the media. Everybody’s talking about it. Most of us are finding ourselves tightening our belts, reigning in our “discretionary” spending, staying in on a Saturday night when, before, we might have just gone out.
But… sometimes that’s not all bad. A little dinner, a bottle of wine, and a movie on DVD… and it’s date night – but more casual and without the big expense. And, if you pick up a quick and easy recipe like this one (which I’ve had bookmarked for a couple of months from Culinary Adventures of a New Wife), you don’t even have to spend much time in the kitchen.
This is a filling recipe that’s as impressive as it is tasty. The gnocchi plays the role of the ultimate comfort food while the tomatoes, spinach, and cannellini beans balance things out into a fairly responsible dish. So, whether you’re feeling a little decadent or a little healthy… this dish will work for you and your grocery budget. So go ahead… indulge and enjoy something that’s every bit as good as any restaurant meal… at a fraction of the cost!
Skillet Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans
(Adapted from Eating Well & Culinary Adventures of a New Wife)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 16 oz package of gnocchi
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup water
1 16 oz package fresh baby spinach
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1 15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (depending on your desired spice level)
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add gnocchi and pan fry for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
In the same skillet, add a little more olive oil. Saute garlic about 2 minutes. Add water and cook another few minutes until garlic is soft. Add spinach and cook until spinach starts to wilt.
Add tomatoes, beans, red pepper, pepper, and bring to a simmer. Stir in gnocchi and add cheese. Salt to taste. Heat until cheese melts.