Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage – a quick and easy dinner that is perfect for any weeknight. Chicken sausage and fennel are tossed with gnocchi in a light and creamy tomato sauce.
Thanksgiving is next week! Are you ready? I am excited to be able to spend a few days with family and just relax! Things have been so busy around here lately, it will be really nice to take a few days off. My son even said that this last weekend felt like a 3 day weekend, because we were so busy and fit so much stuff in. I have mentioned before that my son is part of Lego Robotics, and my husband and I are 2 of their coaches. Well, they had their State Qualifier competition last Saturday. This is their fist year with robotics, and they made it to state! So in January we will go to Denver to compete at the state level. We are very proud of how far they have come, and the kids are so excited!
This time of year life tends to get crazier than normal. Parties, family, events; all on top of the normal busy schedule. Plus holiday shopping, wrapping gifts, cookie exchanges and everything else that happens this time of year. But that is not an excuse to resort to take out or drive thru for dinner. You can still get dinner on the table in 20 minutes, the whole family will eat it, and you can feel good about serving it. One of the keys to this is having a well stocked pantry. Canned goods can make dinner happen in no time. Canned goods are packed when they are super fresh. Sealing in that freshness means that you are getting the same flavor and nutrition of the fresh or frozen version. For even more ideas check out the Cans get you Cooking website.
During these winter months when fresh produce is very pricey and hard to come by, a well stocked pantry is super important. Not only does it help reduce the amount of food waste in households, is also saves money. So stock the pantry with some of your favorites and you can eat well all year round. This Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage uses Muir Glen tomato paste (I got it at Target) to give it a great tomato flavor. Gnocchi cooks in 5 minutes and during that time you cook the fennel and sausage. So you just have to combine everything and cook for a few minutes. Serve with fresh bread or a side salad for a complete dinner that is on the table in 20 minutes!
- 1/2 pound bulk Italian chicken sausage
- 1 small fennel bulb
- 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped
- 1 large clove garlic , minced
- 2 Tbls tomato paste
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1 pound gnocchi
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook gnocchi according to the package directions.
- In a large skillet brown sausage until fully cooked. Add onion and fennel, and saute for a few minutes until soft. Mix in garlic, and stir until fragrant.
- Add tomato paste and stir to combined. Slowly whisk in chicken stock. Bring to a simmer. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Add Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper.
- Toss with gnocchi to serve.
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