Try This—Delicious Pan-Fried Gnocchi in a Mushroom Basil Wine Sauce

I haven’t always been a big fan of gnocchi. If I had to pick the perfect compliment to pasta sauce, I’d definitely stick to noodles on the thinner side of things. Gnocchi is a dumpling and I’ve always prepared them like I was substituting pasta noodles. Not my brightest moment. All it took for me to really begin to bask in the glory of gnocchi was to start thinking of them as what they are…dumplings. We’re talking mashed potato thickened dumplings. It’s no wonder that in the past when I’ve tried to use gnocchi in my recipes, I’ve always been disappointed. I’ve totally been ignoring what my gnocchi was trying to tell me.

My name is Bailey, and with a fine Irish cream name like that, I take personal pride in preparing some pretty delectable potato dishes. Hats off to you if you like the combo of potatoes and tomato based pasta sauce, but I just can’t seem to get with that. Anyway, after some soul searching, I decided to skip the tomato altogether and I opted for wine instead. To take it all to the next level…you know the level I’m talking about…the level that has you eating way more of a dish than you really need to… to take it there, I pan-fried the gnocchi. This is the stuff dreams are made of, y’all. You must try this!!!

Pan Fried Gnocchi in a Mushroom Basil Wine Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (uncooked) potato gnocchi
  • 8 ounces baby bella or white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves, loosely-packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

Directions

  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions in a large stockpot of salted boiling water.  Drain, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, as the gnocchi is cooking, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft and slightly browned.  Then add in the cooked gnocchi and garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant and the gnocchi is lightly toasted and browned around the edges.
  • Carefully add in the wine, and give the mixture a good stir.  Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, until the wine has reduced by half.
  • Remove pan from the heat, stir in the fresh basil and Parmesan until combined.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan if desired.

Source: gimmesomeoven

Slow Cooker Ravioli

Try This—Slow Cooker Vegetarian Ravioli

Slow Cooker Ravioli

This is probably the laziest recipe I’ve ever posted. I made this Saturday evening, after a full day of running errands and being totally exhausted. The last thing anyone wants to do after a long day is worry about dinner. That feeling when you get home and you struggle between whether you’re more hungry than you are tired. I’ve been there. I usually find myself eating some chips or some other not-so-healthy crap. Since this year began though, I’ve been trying to change those unhealthy habits. I eat more organic foods, I do yoga every day, I drink a lot of water, and I’ve been trying to get a lot more rest. All and all I’ve been pretty successful, but still I struggle to find my inner Top Chef after a long day. Anyway, I made this ravioli in about 5 minutes and let the slow cooker do the rest of the work. It’s seriously delicious and with the right amount of cheese you can make it as decadent as you want!

Slow Cooker Ravioli

Ingredients

Directions

Layer your ingredients as you would lasagne. Pour about 1/4 of your pasta sauce first. Meatballs second. Ravioli next. Mozarella and ricotta and repeat. Sauce-meatballs-ravioli-cheese Until the slow cooker is full. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Serve with a nice Verdicchio and enjoy!

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