It’s Day 3 of Tomato Week, and I’m presenting you with this super fast, yet still flavorful, gnocchi, sausage, and tomato skillet. Not only does it come together quickly, but it’s one of those perfect “I don’t know what to make for dinner tonight” meals, because it’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand.
Although we’re back to living together now, my husband and I have spent the vast majority of our 6 years of married life residing in different states, leaving me without regular access to a car. Last year, I never had to worry about fresh produce throughout the spring, summer, and fall, thanks to our CSA, so I’d stock up on a lot of pantry basics during our monthly grocery trips – things that go well with a variety of vegetables, so I was prepared to handle whatever our CSA would throw my way. Sure, homemade gnocchi is best, but you can usually find a package of the Wegmans shelf-stable gnocchi in my cabinet. Mix together some gnocchi with sausage (spicy chicken or vegetarian, depending on who’s eating this!) and the fresh tomatoes from my CSA, along with a few basil leaves from my garden, and dinner is served. This is also a great option if you’re cooking for individuals with specific diets: leave out the cheese and use vegan sausage and gnocchi (Wegmans gnocchi is vegan!), and you have a dish free of animal products. Use gluten free rice gnocchi and sausage, and have your Celiac friends over for dinner.
Dinner in less than 15 minutes that can be adapted to serve almost anyone? It doesn’t get much better than that!
- 1 pound gnocchi
- 12 ounces chicken or soy sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
- 2-3 large tomatoes, chopped, or 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- olive oil, salt, and pepper – to taste
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Heat a large pot of water to boiling and cook the gnocchi according to package directions. Drain, and toss with a splash of olive oil.
- Heat a large (I use 12”) cast iron skillet over medium heat with a spray of olive oil. Add the sausage and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until it starts to brown. Push the sausage over to one corner of the skillet.
- Turn the heat up to high, and add the tomatoes to the unoccupied space in the skillet. Cook briefly, 1 to 2 minutes, until the skin is blistered, and then stir the tomatoes in with the sausage. Cook for a few additional minutes, until the tomatoes and sausage are browned.
- Stir in the gnocchi and heat through.
- Remove from heat and stir in the basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
Adapted from The Kitchen.