GNOCCHI WITH KALE SAUSAGE

Get the flavor of sausage without all the fat in this recipe for gnocchi with kale sausage by Cook Smarts. This rustic Italian dish combines pillowy gnocchi with a savory, flavorful sausage. Gnocchi plus kale plus sausage is a flavorful combination any modern Italian grandma would be pretty happy to serve.


under 20 mins
lunch dinner

Ingredients for servings

  • Gnocchi

  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 0.25 teaspoon black pepper

  • 0.5 teaspoon red chili/pepper flakes

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 diced medium onion

  • 1 bunch kale leaves and stems separated

  • 1 pound gnocchi

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 0.33 cup tomato paste

  • 0.5 lemon juiced

  • to taste Parmesan cheese Optional

Directions

  • Season the ground meat with salt, fennel seeds, black pepper, and red chili flakes. This can be done 1 day ahead.

  • To prepare the gnocchi, bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt heavily (that water should taste like the ocean!) and add gnocchi. Cook according to package instructions. Drain, toss with 2 tbs. of olive oil, and set aside.

  • Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic to heated oil. Once you can smell the garlic, add the kale stems and onions with a dash of salt. Saute until softened or approximately 3 minutes.

  • Add in ground meat and tomato paste, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Cook meat until brown or approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add in kale leaves, as much as can fit into the pan. With each addition, add a pinch of salt. Saute until all the kale leaves are in the pan and wilted.

  • Add gnocchi back into the pan, toss everything through, and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve warm with parmesan cheese.

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