Gnocchi Dokey (Gnocchi with Greens)
Gnocchi (pronounced nyo-key), made from potatoes, is a great alternative to pasta, as it has more fiber and a really rich feel even though it is fat-free. This version is a great introduction for kids (or adults) who might be skeptical of a change up from classic pasta.
- 16 oz. gnocchi (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced, about 2 tsp.
- 1 bunch Swiss chard or use spinach or kale, coarsely chopped
- 15 oz. diced tomatoes drained, or use 3 - 4 small fresh tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 tsp. salt optional
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook the gnocchi according to package directions and drain it.
- Meanwhile, in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and sauté it for about 1 minute until it is golden.
- Add the Swiss chard (or other greens) and sauté it, uncovered, for 1 - 2 minutes.
- Cover the pan and steam the greens for 5 - 8 minutes until the gnocchi goes in the boiling water (note: if you are using spinach or other delicate greens, steam them for only 2 - 3 minutes).
- Add the tomatoes and salt (optional) to the greens and simmer them for 2 – 3 minutes, uncovered.
- Add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet or combine everything in a large metal serving bowl and top it with the cheese. Serve it immediately or refrigerate it for up to 2 days.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Cook the gnocchi and store tossed with a little oil to prevent sticking, peel the garlic, chop the Swiss chard, shred the cheese if necessary and refrigerate, or fully prepare and refrigerate the dish. Scramble Flavor Booster: Add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes to the pan with the garlic, and add 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar to the pan with the Swiss chard. Tip: If you’re looking for a way to use up greens like Swiss chard, spinach, or kale, they make a colorful, low calorie and healthy addition to eggs, soups, grains, and smoothies like this Green Detox Smoothie. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 250, Total Fat: 7g, 11%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 10%; Cholesterol: 20mg, 7%; Sodium: 790mg, 33%; Total Carbohydrate: 38g, 13%; Dietary Fiber: 4g, 16%; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 9g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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