Gnocchi and Chicken Sausage Vegetable Skillet Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package potato gnocchi (shelf-stable or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces fully cooked chicken sausage, your favorite flavor, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables of your choice: Zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, etc.
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a little heat)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Equipment:

  • Large pot
  • Large skillet

Instructions

Cook the Gnocchi:

  • Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi and cook according to package directions (usually 2-3 minutes).
  • Drain the gnocchi and toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

Brown the Sausage and Vegetables:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken sausage and cook until browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Push the sausage to the sides of the skillet and add the chopped onions. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add your chosen vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, etc.) and continue cooking until they reach your desired tenderness, about 3-5 minutes.

Flavor Boost:

  • Stir in the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the halved cherry or grape tomatoes and cook until they start to soften and release juice, about 1 minute.

Assemble and Finish:

  • Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Gently stir in the cooked gnocchi, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Season generously with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Cook for an additional minute or two, until everything is heated through and the sauce has slightly thickened.

Serve:

  • Serve immediately and enjoy this hearty and flavorful skillet meal!

Tips and Variations:

  • Gluten-free: Choose a gluten-free gnocchi variety.
  • Vegetarian: Substitute the chicken sausage with plant-based sausage or firm tofu.
  • Spice it up: Add more red pepper flakes, or a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat.
  • Dairy-free: Omit the Parmesan or use a plant-based substitute.
  • Make it creamy: Stir in a splash of heavy cream or a dollop of ricotta cheese at the end.

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