Gnocchi with White Beans, Sausage and Kale

This idea came to me a few months ago when I was flipping through an Italian pasta cookbook my mom picked up for me years ago in the airport in Rome. The book has a recipe for Sedani with Beans (or all’uccelletto), which is a Tuscan dish using beans, tomato sauce and pasta.

I’ve only ever seen chickpeas used in pasta recipes before and I knew that this was something that I needed to try. The first time I worked on this recipe, I kept it simple; gnocchi with marinara sauce and white beans. The next time I added kale and the final test, I added sausage, taking inspiration from one of my favourite soups; sausage kale and white bean.

The results? A deliciously comforting and cheesy baked pasta. If you want to keep this dish vegetarian, you can easily leave out the sausage.

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Gnocchi with White Beans, Sausage and Kale

Gnocchi with White Beans, Sausage and Kale

  • Author: Living Lou
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner

Description

A deliciously comforting and cheesy baked pasta. If you want to keep this dish vegetarian, you can easily leave out the sausage.


Ingredients

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  • 1 500g package of shelf-stable gnocchi
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Italian sausage links (hot or medium), casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 1 398-mL can of tomato sauce or 1½ cups homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 28oz can of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced basil

Instructions

Cook gnocchi according to package directions.

Heat a large ovenproof pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, sausage and onion. Cook, crumbling sausage until onion is translucent and sausage is browned, about 2-3 minutes.

Add garlic and kale, cook another 2 minutes until kale is bright green and soft. Stir in tomato sauce, white beans, cooked gnocchi, Italian seasoning and salt.

Sprinkle with mozzarella and place under the broiler for 2-5 minutes until cheese is starting to brown and is completely melted–watch carefully to avoid the cheese burning.


Keywords: Easy Gnocchi, Gnocchi with Beans, Fast Gnocchi Recipe