Now that we’ve got the hang of making gnocchi and you’ve got a few batches tucked neatly in the deep freeze (don’t worry, there’s other options available if you don’t have the gnocchi) it’s time to break free of convention and mix it up a bit. This dish isn’t about saucing up those fluffy potato pillows. No, it’s about piling on. Loading them with spice, tang and chew. Sausage, kale and sun dried tomato gnocchi –’nuff said.
Ok, this may not be swimsuit season approved, but hear me out… There’s still spots in the U.S. where the mercury is stubbornly stuck far south of shorts weather. That’s not here of course, 88? and claustrophobically sticky, but I’ll just turn down the thermostat and heat up the kitchen!
Oh, and pour a glass of chilled white while you’re prepping. It makes cooking infinitely more enjoyable. This dish starts with the mushrooms and onions. Heat some oil in a dutch oven, and saute the vegetables until tender. Transfer the veg to a bowl and move on to the sausage. Remove the casings and pull off little bite size chunks with your fingers, dropping them into the pot to brown.
Add onions and mushrooms back into the pan, then deglaze with a little wine 🙂 and chicken broth. Then comes the kale and sun-dried tomatoes. I like using kale in this recipe because it’s sturdier than spinach, adding heft and chew.
If you prefer spinach, feel free to substitute, but add it later in the cooking process, ’cause it’ll wilt faster than a Bachelorette who doesn’t receive a rose!
When all the goodies are mixed, toss in the gnocchi. I promise, every bite is a happy one. A little spicy sausage, tangy sweet sun dried tomatoes, earthy mushrooms, toothsome kale and those fluffy, dream-like potato gnocchi. Heaven. If you didn’t have gnocchi on hand (and I’m not pointing fingers here) you could substitute macaroni or some other type of pasta — or (gasp) packaged gnocchi. No judgments. Promise.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 onion, peeled, and thinly sliced vertically from root to tip
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, sliced
- 4 cups chopped kale, tough stems removed
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups cooked gnocchi (from this site) or use packaged gnocchi (also great over pasta) Reserve water that you cooked gnocchi or pasta in.
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables have softened and take on a little color. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
- Add the sausage to the pan and break apart with a wooden spoon or large fork. Cook, stirring occasionally until sausage is browned.
- Add vegetables back to the skillet and stir in the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Cook until wine is reduced by half. Add the chicken broth and sun dried tomatoes and cook until the broth reduces by half, about 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the kale and add a ladle of hot gnocchi water (or pasta water). Cook for 1-2 minutes until kale is just wilted. If the dish seems dry, you can add another ladle of water.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese and serve over hot gnocchi or pasta with extra parmesan for garnish.