A few things come to mind when someone says "gnocchi": Hunger. Fluffy. Pillows. Gimme. This pasta is made from potato dough, and these flavor bombs make for a great base to any sauce. But for their debut on Savvy, I decided their saucey partner-in-crime should come in the form of bolognese... a fancy word for the best meat sauce ever. The gnocchi soaks up all the juices of the sauce to create a heavenly dish... if you haven't tried gnocchi, make your mouth happy and whip this easy dish up tonight!
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins | Serves 4 as side / 2 as meal
- 1 package gnocchi (in air-tight container in pasta aisle)
- handful of salt
bolognese sauce (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)
- 1 lb. ground pork, turkey, or beef
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 1/4 c. red wine (I like Cabernet), divided into 1 cup and 1/4 cup
- 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup almond milk (can sub 2% dairy milk)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- grated Parmesan for serving
- Brown the meat: In a deep skillet, warm 1 tbs. olive oil. When warm, add ground meat and break apart with wooden spoon. Cook over medium heat until the meat has lost most of the pink color and has started to brown. Drain most of fat from pan (be careful not to lose any meat!)
- Flavor the meat: Add in garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 more minute, and then add 1 cup of the wine. Scrape bottom of pan to catch any brown bits.
- Make your sauce: Add in your can of crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and then lower to simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Finish sauce: To the simmering sauce, now add your other 1/4 cup of wine, the fresh chopped basil leaves, the half-and-half, and the cinnamon. Stir to combine. Let the sauce cook altogether for another 10 minutes.
- Cook gnocchi: While sauce is simmering, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Once it's boiling, add in a good handful of salt, and then add the gnocchi. The gnocchi is done when the pasta floats to the top, about 3 minutes or less (I know, awesome!). Remove from pot, and add directly to the sauce. Top with Parmesan, if using. Enjoy!