Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi

I always say that I am going to meal plan. I know I should meal plan. Of course it makes life easier and saves money, but I just never seem to get around to doing it to the full extent. Now that school is out for the summer, I am in the office all day with very little to do. It turns out that when kids are not at school, the behavioral health specialist has very little to do! So I used some time to meal plan last week, and we ate pretty delicious food all week long. We even had enough leftovers to get us through most of this week too. I'm hoping to be able to keep it up once summer school starts and I get a little busier because it really did make life easier. So last Friday, after a fun afternoon at the O Club with Luke's CO guest-bartending, we went home for sausage and spinach gnocchi. I wish I could say I made the gnocchi myself, but that's a feat for another day.

1 package pre-made gnocchi
1 bag baby spinach leaves
1/2 lb Italian sausage (I bought Johnsonville sausage. This won't come as a surprise to many, but it's pretty difficult to find real food/quality sausage at the Commissary)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 tbsp butter
sea salt

Bring a pot to a rolling boil and add gnocchi. Don't let the gnocchi return to a rolling boil, but let it simmer heavily until the gnocchi is floating - this doesn't take long.  Add a little salt to the water. Drain the gnocchi, but reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid.

In a skillet, cook the onions until they're soft and then add the garlic and sausage. I cut the sausage into bite sized pieces to speed along the cooking. Cook it until it browned and add the spinach, salt, and pepper. Toss it frequently until the spinach starts to wilt . Add the gnocchi and the reserved cooking liquid and toss it with the spinach and sausage. Top with some Parmesan.

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