Quick, easy, and truly satisfying, Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is one delicious dish! With just five ingredients, 20 minutes, and one skillet it’s perfect for busy nights and easy entertaining. Say goodbye to takeout and hello to homemade deliciousness!
When you have one of those busy days, you need a dinner that’s quick and delicious. That’s where this Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi comes in, and let me tell you, it’s perfect for busy weeknights.
First off, it’s made with only five ingredients. Yes, just five! And you probably have most of them in your kitchen: vegetable broth, baby spinach, gnocchi, cherry tomatoes, and garlic. That’s it!
Plus, it all cooks in just one skillet. So, you don’t need to cook the gnocchi in one pot and the sauce in another. All of the ingredients cook together, which makes the pasta easier to make. And it tastes oh, so much better. Also, when it comes to cleanup, there’s only one dish to clean. That’s a serious win-win!
Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is ready in just 20 minutes. So, whether you’re rushing home from work, shuttling kids to activities, or simply craving a delicious homemade meal, Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is a perfect, easy weeknight meal.
Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your family, or even surprising guests, Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is the perfect dish. It’s proof that you can have a scrumptious, home-cooked dinner on the table in no time, in one pot, and all with just a handful of ingredients.
Quick and Easy Pasta Dish
When it comes to pasta, there is nothing like gnocchi. Those little pillows of deliciousness that almost melt in your mouth are always a tasty treat.
Gnocchi originally comes from Italy. Or, as I like to think of it, the land of amazing pasta (and oh, so much more!). The name “gnocchi” actually comes from the Italian word “nocchio,” which translates to “knot” or “knuckle.”
And it actually dates back to the Roman times. Back then, gnocchi weren’t quite the potato-based bites we know today. They were more like dumplings made from ingredients like breadcrumbs, and they’ve been evolving ever since.
Traditionally, gnocchi are made from potatoes, flour, and eggs. And sure, it’s delicious, but whipping up a batch from scratch can take a lot of time. You’ve got to peel, boil, and mash those potatoes, and it’s not exactly a quick process.
So, if you want to enjoy gnocchi on a busy night, you need something easier. That’s where store-bought gnocchi comes in. These little gems give you the taste and texture of gnocchi without the time and effort. It’s a perfect little dinner cheat! With refrigerated or dehydrated gnocchi, you’re skipping the whole potato-mashing marathon and getting straight to the good stuff.
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And that’s exactly what we’re doing with Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi recipe – inspired by the classic flavor, but keeping things quick and simple.
So, embrace the shortcut and enjoy the deliciousness in this truly tasty dish.
Can you cook pasta in a skillet?
Absolutely! One pot pastas are a perfect shortcut to easy and delicious meals. Everything, and I mean everything cooks in just one pot. So, there’s no need to boil pasta separately or juggle multiple pans. Now simple pasta dinners, can actually be simple.
There are so many advantages to this. First, when it comes to flavor, since all of the ingredients cook together in that one pot, the dish is even more delicious.
Here’s the thing, with these five ingredients, you’re actually making a super simple, fresh sauce, that is seriously delicious. The sautéed garlic and cherry tomatoes cook down to create a really tasty sauce base. Then you add the vegetable broth, which adds so much flavor. And as the gnocchi cooks right in the sauce, it actually thickens the sauce and every part of the dish gets tastier and tastier. Finally, you toss in some fresh baby spinach. So, you have flavor and simplicity and a dish that leaves you asking for, “Seconds, please!”
On top of all that, skillet pastas make clean up so much easier. Instead of a stack of dirty dishes, you’re left with just that one skillet. Yes — only one pot to wash! No more dreading the sink piled high with pots, pans, and a stainer to boot. With skillet pastas, you get to spend more time enjoying your meal and less time tackling a daunting cleanup.
Skillet pasta are the key to effortless and delicious meals, that leave you with a truly simple cleanup.
Ingredients for Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi
Simple and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a breeze to whip up.
So, let’s get cooking.
- Vegetable Broth: A flavorful liquid that adds depth and richness to the sauce.
- Baby Spinach: Vibrant, leafy greens that bring color and a healthy dose of nutrients to the mix. You can find baby spinach in the pre-packaged salad section, so it’s pre-washed and ready to use.
- Gnocchi: Tender potato dumplings that add a satisfying bite to your meal.
- Cherry Tomatoes: Juicy gems that add a burst of sweet and tangy goodness into the dish.
- Garlic: With its aromatic charm, fresh garlic elevates the flavors and makes every bite a delight.
- Salt and Pepper: Trusty seasonings that you can adjust to your liking, ensuring the perfect balance of flavors.
Now, you might notice that there are more than five ingredients listed above. Well, we don’t count salt, and pepper. These simple seasonings can be adjusted for your taste!
If you want more salt — go ahead and add it. Not a fan of pepper? Just use less or skip it altogether. Your kitchen, your flavors. So, make Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi perfect for you and your family!
How to Make Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi
Get ready for a flavor-packed dish, that’s ready in a flash!
So, let’s get started!
STEP 1: GARLICKY BEGINNINGS
When it comes to making pasta, it all starts with the sauce. And this sauce begins with sautéed garlic.
As the garlic cooks in the skillet, it gets more fragrant and more delicious. You see, as it cooks, the sharp garlic flavors mellow. And a subtle sweetness comes out. Even cooking the garlic for just 1 to 2 minutes, makes it more fragrant and delicious.
STEP 2: TASTY TOMATOES
Next, comes the tomatoes. You can’t have a tomato sauce with tomatoes, right? And this sauce is simple fresh and thanks to the garlic, super flavorful.
Simply add the cherry tomatoes in the pan. Since they are already sliced in half, they cook quicker and easier. And before you know it, the juices start to flow out the tomatoes and it slowly begins to turn into a sauce.
As the tomatoes cook down, you can use the back of a wooden spoon to gently smash them. They’ll releases more of their sweet, and tangy juices making a fresh and delicious sauce.
STEP 3: BROTH BATH
After that, add some vegetable broth. The broth does two important things. First, it adds even more flavor to the sauce. It has subtle hints of ingredients like carrots, onions, and celery. And it adds a gentle umami taste, making the sauce even more delicious. So, you’ll want to let broth cook with the tomatoes and garlic, so all the flavors can meld together.
The broth has one other important role in this dish. Since this is a one pot dish, and the gnocchi cooks right in the sauce, the broth also acts as the liquid that helps the noodles cook. But, unlike water, each piece of gnocchi can soak up the delicious flavors of the sauce as it cooks.
STEP 4: GNOCCHI GOODNESS
Now, It’s time to get gnocchi into the skillet. Carefully add the potato dumplings to the pan. Give it a good stir to make sure that every piece is well-coated in the tomato sauce.
This is where the magic happens, as the gnocchi cooks, it soaks up the flavors. Plus, while they cook, the gnocchi releases some of its starchy goodness, which thickens the sauce and makes the dish even better.
To make sure it all cooks perfectly, cover your skillet. You can use a skillet lid or a piece of tinfoil – and let it all simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. You’ll want to stir it occasionally, so nothing sticks and it cooks evenly.
You’ll know that the gnocchi is ready when it’s soft and each piece becomes tender, pillows of deliciousness with tomato-infused goodness.
STEP 5: Add the SPINACH & Enjoy
For the last step, add in some healthy baby spinach. It adds beautiful green color, flavor, and of course it’s one healthy ingredient. Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Once you add the spinach, give it a gently stir. Add in some more vegetable broth and let it cook for just a couple more minutes.
And there you have it – your Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is ready to eat. Enjoy every delicious bite!
What can you serve with Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi?
When it comes to sides, there are so many tasty options for Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi.
Of course, there’s always a simple side salad. A fresh garden salad with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and cool cucumbers are the perfect refreshing contrast to the warm and savory gnocchi. Top it off with your favorite dressing like Greek Yogurt French Salad Dressing, Light and Creamy Balsamic, or Greek Salad Dressing.
If you’re craving some roasted vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts are a tasty choice. Their caramelized edges add a delightful crunch. You can mix them right into the gnocchi for a hearty blend or enjoy them separately on the side.
When you serve Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi, the possibilities for sides are endless. Simply choose your favorites, and enjoy a delicious, simple, and comforting meal.
How to store leftover Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi
If you find yourself with some leftover Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi (though they tend to disappear quickly), you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. If you want to keep them longer, you can put them in a freezer bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
When it comes to reheated, you can use a pan on medium-low heat. Gradually warm the gnocchi, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. If the sauce has thickened, add a splash of water or vegetable broth.
For a quick option, reheat your Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi in the microwave. Put the gnocchi in a microwave-safe dish, cover it, and heat in 30-second intervals until warm.
What can you do with leftover Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi?
Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is a quick and delicious dish. And if you happen to have any leftovers, you can turn them into a tasty new meal.
Here are a few ideas:
- Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi Pizza: Take pizza night to the next level by spreading a thin layer of tomato sauce or pesto on pizza dough. Then, generously sprinkle your leftover gnocchi and spinach over the sauce. Top it all off with mozzarella cheese and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.
- Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi Soup: Create a comforting soup by combining your leftover gnocchi with vegetable broth. Enhance the flavors by adding diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Let it simmer until everything is heated through, and you’ve got yourself a warm and satisfying bowl of goodness.
- Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi Stuffed Peppers: Hollow out bell peppers and stuff with your leftover gnocchi. Top with cheese and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.
So, the next time you find yourself with some leftover Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi, don’t let it linger in the fridge. Make a new tasty dish!
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Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi
Quick, easy, and truly satisfying, Skillet Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi is one delicious dish! With just five ingredients and only 20 minutes, it’s perfect for busy nights and easy entertaining. Say goodbye to takeout and hello to homemade deliciousness!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: One Pot Meal, Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 2 (17 ounce) package gnocchi, refrigerated or dried
- 2 (10 ounce) package of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 5 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large pan over medium heat, add cooking spray and garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Smash gently with the back of a wooden spoon. Let the juices cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add 2 cups vegetable broth bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add gnocchi, stir to coat in the sauce. Bring to a simmer and cover (use foil if you don’t have a lid). Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until gnocchi are soft.
- Stir in the spinach, cook until wilted. Add 1 more cup of vegetable broth and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Serving Size: 1/4 meal
- Calories: 428.37kcal
- Sugar: 5.89g
- Sodium: 1280.98mg
- Fat: 0.55g
- Saturated Fat: 0.12g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0.19g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 89.99g
- Fiber: 4.43g
- Protein: 10.83g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: one pot pasta recipe, 5 ingredients pasta recipe, easy baked pasta recipe
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