Monday, April 4, 2011

Gooey Mozzarella with Gnocchi, Italian Sausage and Peas

Tonight I was craving gnocchi in tomato sauce with melting mozzarella. Soft potato balls, gooey mozzarella cheese and tomatoes...what could be better?   How about adding some Italian sausage and peas to the mix. 

This might just be my new favorite way to eat gnocchi.  Not only is it delicious but it comes together in record time making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.

I'm submitting this to Presto Pasta Night being hosted this week by Allie of Yum in Tum. Don't forget to check out the round up on Friday.


Gooey Mozzarella with Gnocchi, Italian Sausage and Peas

2 Tbs olive oil
2 Italian sausage, casings removed
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup tomato puree
1 cup reserved pasta water
½ lb gnocchi
½ cup frozen peas
1 mozzarella ball, cut into small cubes

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break it up. Cook about 7 minutes. Add the garlic, and sauté until golden. Add tomatoes and cook until reduced slightly. Season with salt and pepper.

In the meantime bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook gnocchi till done. Add gnocchi and frozen peas to the tomatoes. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water.

Pour into serving bowl. Mix in mozzarella chunks until slightly melted. Serve immediately with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

18 comments:

  1. do you make your own gnocchi?

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  2. I love gnocchi and this sauce is just incredible!

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  3. Can you believe I've never made gnocchi before? What a shame! I need to change that soon. Thank you for sharing a simple AND delicious dish. You inspire me. Hugs and love from Austin!

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  4. How scrumptious! Glad to see the sausages in there too.

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  5. After the long day I've had, this would've been the perfect dish to come home to! Thanks for participating in this week's PPN!

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  6. I am absolutely drooling. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

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  7. I am craving this now! Super comfort food!

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  8. This looks fantastic! I love gnocchi! but I've never thought to make it this way. Totally trying this!

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  9. I've been meaning to make gnocchi for ages, saving recipes, etc. One of these days it will happen. Until then, there's the prepared ones, and this sounds like a perfect way to showcase them.

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  10. This looks lovely! When I've made gnocchi at home it's always been in a brown butter and cinnamon sauce. Thus I feel guilty. These look like a great, guilt free, way to enjoy them.

    Have you ever made your own gnocchi? My two attempts have been, well, they mainly went into the trash. Goodness, it's a hard one.

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  11. I haven't had gnocchi in the longest time. This sauce sounds like a great match.

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  12. I love that you call this mozzarella with gnocchi, not teh otehr way around. We know what is most important here! Cheese, of course! This looks fantastic.

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  13. What a simple and delicious way to prepare gnocchi! Little pillows of heaven.

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  14. This sounds so delicious and comforting!!

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  15. Y U M! I haven't had gnocchi in years. This is an inspiration :)

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  16. Your photos make the cake look so delicious.

    Beautiful!

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