Interesting Recipes using Prepackaged Gnocchi?
December 20, 2014 8:39 AM   Subscribe

I have a 1 lb. package of tri-color gnocchi. I need to make some kind of dinner with it, but we're exhausted of red marinara-style sauces, and I can't handle eating an Alfredo-style cream sauce. What can I make for dinner with this?

I'm an intermediate-level home cook. I'm trying to figure out what to do with this gnocchi. Ideally, I'd love to do some kind of sausage stuffing-style dish, or something more fusion-inspired/creative than simply take gnocchi and mix it with some kind of "traditional" marinara, cream, vodka sauce, or brown butter and sage sauce. (Unless it's a really superb recipe.)

In particular, I want something that can be a one pot-type meal, with some (3-4) vegetables incorporated. Protein is not necessarily required, but not verboten, either. I have a pantry that's insanely well-stocked, and access to many local supermarkets.

No food allergies, but I'm mildly lactose-intolerant. Some cheese is okay, but a creamy dairy-laden dish isn't. I don't care for bell peppers and a few other vegetables, but I'm comfortable enough as a cook to substitute in various recipes for what I will eat/have available as needed.
posted by PearlRose to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
You don't mention pesto, but coupled with sauteed mushrooms, shallots, and chicken it could be good. Or mix it up with a tapinade like the one I offered here. And what about a curry? Or something like paprikash?
posted by carmicha at 8:44 AM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Use them as dumplings/spatezle.

Chicken and Dumplings.

Beef Bourguignon would be great with these.

You get the idea. A nice, hearty saucy dish. Just replace noodles or potatoes for gnocci.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 8:47 AM on December 20, 2014

I am going to assume that these pre-packaged gnocchi are medium quality, and not premium pillowy goodness that are best just left alone. Please correct my assumption if mistaken. Therefore, I will suggest some ways to do just generic carb sub in baked dishes.

My mother always made "turkey surprise" after Christmas, which is a baked dish with turkey + white sauce + pasta (sub gnocchi) + veg sprinkled with almonds. Stuffing is not a bad idea, it might make a good carb base for turkey stuffing instead of breadcrumbs. You could use it as the base carb for an egg strata instead of bread. You could sub the gnocchi for potatoes in a conventional chicken/lamb/beef stew, adding at the end of cooking. You get the idea.
posted by crazycanuck at 8:55 AM on December 20, 2014

What about a chimichurri sauce? I think the herb/garlic/vinegar/olive oil flavor would taste really good with gnocchi. It would be tasty by itself or maybe with fish.

Or maybe a gremolata? (parsely, lemon zest & garlic)
posted by carrioncomfort at 8:59 AM on December 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

I often do gnocchi with roasted vegetables. Any veggies are fine; my go to combination is onion, eggplant, maybe zucchini, red pepper, mushroom, and cherry tomatoes. I roast the veggies all on one cookie sheet, with olive oil, s and p, tons of garlic, and a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme, starting with those that need the longest cooking time and adding the others as I chop them. Cherry tomatoes go last, for about 10 minutes with a good splash of balsamic vinegar. The whole roasting time is probably about 45 minutes to an hour, somewhere around 400F. Then just pour the vegetables over cooked gnocchi, mix, and eat! It's also good with some chunks of feta or goat cheese.
posted by snorkmaiden at 8:59 AM on December 20, 2014

This recipe for pasta with sugar snap peas, lemon, ricotta, and mint (!) is amazing. I think it would work well with gnocchi.

The lemon and mint make it very different from most pasta dishes, and if you add enough peas it can be a meal on its own.
posted by ripley_ at 9:28 AM on December 20, 2014 [5 favorites]

This recipe for Gnocchi, Squash, and Kale is really tasty.
posted by DingoMutt at 9:31 AM on December 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

The Jan/Feb issue of Eating Well has a feature on packaged gnocchi with tasty looking recipes for:

Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi

Gnocchi with Mushrooms & Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings

Tomato and Artichoke Gnocchi
posted by MeadowlarkMaude at 9:33 AM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is a summery dish with basil, cherry tomatoes and zucchini, but Martha Stewart's Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables is simple and delicious. Put an egg on top for a full meal.
posted by Liesl at 9:41 AM on December 20, 2014

I like gnocchi with just a nice olive oil and salt and pepper plus maybe a couple of nice herbs.
posted by XMLicious at 9:55 AM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Gnocchi + brown butter + capers + a bit of freshly shredded Parmesan is divine.
posted by anotheraccount at 10:16 AM on December 20, 2014 [4 favorites]

Breakfast gnocchi! There are a lot of recipes online, here's one, but you basically just fry them up with eggs and any breakfast meats or veggies and the result is delicious.
posted by cushie at 10:46 AM on December 20, 2014

Chicken soup. The classic Jewish dish is chicken broth with matzoh balls. Gnocchi are pretty close. Plus, chicken soup in winter is just good stuff.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:50 AM on December 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

This one is easy and delicious: Gnocchi with bacon and peas
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 11:27 AM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

I just subbed some gnocchi for the ravioli in this recipe for harissa ravioli, and added a bunch of other veggies at the point where you blanch the broccoli. It was very well received!
posted by smittosmith at 12:35 PM on December 20, 2014

Response by poster: Some good ideas here, thank you!

A few clarifications:

-I really hate eggs in anything besides desserts (ie baked into a cake). (I probably should have mentioned this. Ooops.) I also hate seafood/fish.

-I can't really do heavy cream.

-I make lots of non-traditional pesto with any excess greens I have, so I do have some, and am probably a teeny bit pesto'd out.

-Yes, they're generic grocery store brand gnocchi. Decent, but not outstanding or homemade, either which types would definitely not be treated in nearly such a fashion.

Some of these recipes sound interesting, but please, please keep the ideas coming. I still can't seem to settle on anything.
posted by PearlRose at 1:35 PM on December 20, 2014

You mentioned sausage earlier, how about gnocchi with chorizo and zucchini/courgettes? I haven't tried it but it sure looks good. No tomato based sauce and no heavy cream sauce involved.
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 1:55 PM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love gnocchi done simply - even store-bought gnocchi. My go-to is sage butter & parm - just sautee sage (ideally fresh sage leaves) in butter, put the boiled gnocchi in the pan, sautee all of it to your preference, then dash with parm. Amazing.
posted by AthenaPolias at 4:58 PM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

I have some really good non-traditional gnocchi the other night. The sauce was a hot-spicy red curry sauce.

No recipe, but an idea.
posted by bottlebrushtree at 11:04 PM on December 20, 2014

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