One Pot Gnocchi With Turkey Bolognese

by jerseygirl on September 15, 2011 · 15 comments

If you like to wash pots and pans, please raise your hand?  I don’t see any hands raised. Okay, granted I can’t visually see my readers but I am pretty sure there are not many hands in the air. Maybe a few people do like to wash pots and pans as exercise. You know….. put a little elbow grease into what you’re doing……get out some frustrations for the day.  But that is not my kind of fun. If I wanted to get out some frustrations, I’d more than likely be chopping a bunch of vegetables or kneading dough. So to make sure I don’t wash pots, I married a man that doesn’t mind cleaning the pans. I cook, he cleans up. Great agreement. But if he is taking the kids to soccer or baseball, I make one dish meals. The less pots for me to wash, the better!

If you are a busy person, packaged gnocchi can be your friend. Of course, I love homemade gnocchi but lets look beyond that fact. By having these little potato pillars in your pantry, dinner can be prepared quickly. I buy my gnocchi at Trader Joe’s. They come in a dry package and don’t have to be refrigerated. They even sell whole wheat gnocchi. I’ve tried these and they are very light and tasty. Most grocery stores will have a few brands in the pasta isle that come in 16 to 17 ounce packages. If you can’t find them in your store, you can always purchase them on Amazon.

Many gnocchi recipes instruct you to boil them before mixing them with a sauce. I didn’t boil them. I made this easy meat sauce, added the gnocchi and some extra liquid. After simmering for a few minutes, they were perfectly cooked. I tend to use ground turkey in many recipes but beef or some other ground meat is perfectly fine. The other thing I want to mention is that I love my gnocchi saucy. I prefer to eat them with a spoon and get extra sauce in every bite. You can always cut down on the sauce and liquid if you like your pasta a little drier.  This is a great dish to have for leftovers the next day.

One Pot Gnocchi With Turkey Bolognese

2 TBS olive oil
1 1/4 lb ground lean turkey
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 TBS dried Italian seasoning, or more to taste
1 TBS onion powder
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
2 (17 ounce) packages gnocchi
1 cup water
a handful of chopped basil
salt and red pepper to taste
grated Italian cheese for serving
 In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil to medium and cook the ground turkey for a few minutes until starting to brown. Add the garlic, seasonings, onion powder, tomatoes and wine. Cover pot and simmer on low for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add one cup of water (more if needed) and the gnocchi. Uncover the pot and simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes more or until gnocchi are tender but not mushy. Make sure all the gnocchi are covered with liquid while cooking. Some of the the liquid will evaporate. Stir in the chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with grated cheese before serving. Makes 6 servings. 

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Erica September 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I have the tjs gnocchi in the cabinet! Im totally cooking it in the sauce next week-great idea


Taste and Tell September 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Cleaning up is my least favorite part of cooking, so I'm loving this recipe!!


LaPhemmePhoodie September 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I am all about one pot dishes. Love that this is a hearty meal too. Looks great Lisa!


The Food Hunter September 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

My hand is NOT raised! this recipe is a keeper.


Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook September 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

We love one pot meals. Not only easy to clean up but easy to make, which is critical with a 6 month old who likes to be entertained. This gnocchi looks great!


That Girl September 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Knowing I have to wash pots and pans makes me a contentious cook. My father in law does the "i cook, you clean" method and uses every pot, pan, dish, and spoon in the house.


The Japanese Redneck September 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

That looks so good!


claudia September 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Do you ship? I can really love a plate of this right now!


Katrina September 16, 2011 at 12:10 am

I love gnocchi, what a great idea to use it with a sauce like this!


Gina, A Hungry Teacher September 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

Yummm….this looks like a perfect fall dinner. I can't wait to try, thanks:)


teresa September 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

mmmm, this is the type of dish that i just love to dig into, love gnoochi!


kat September 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

Looks perfect for the cooler weather we are starting to get.


Jeanette September 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I'm all for one pot meals (I love Trader Joe's…I hate washing dishes)!


Cookin' Canuck September 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Now THIS is a comfort dish. I would be so happy wrap my hands around a bowl of this.


Maria September 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

I love one pot meals! Looks great!


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