Tonight I made a real easy dinner that was satisfying and liked by everyone. This is one of those dishes that uses some prepackaged items but tastes very fresh still. I made enough for six adults with this recipe. You could easily half the recipe for a smaller family or if you have young kids who eat smaller portions. It is almost a one skillet meal, you do need a pot to boil the gnocchi in though but other than that it is prepared in the skillet. Cast iron works great for this since it does such a nice job caramelizing. If you do not own a cast iron skillet I strongly suggest you get one. Hubby is actually the one who has bought all of our cast iron items because he is into outdoor cooking. Slowly he has sucked me in and I find that a large skillet is really a great tool to have for my indoor cooking.
For this recipe I used premade potato gnocchi. You can find this on the shelf in the pasta aisle at your grocery store. At my store they were 16 ounce packages and just under $4 each. You just boil them, drain them, and throw them in with the rest of your meal. I also used prepackaged chicken sausage. There are a lot of flavors of chicken sausage and you can really use any kind that appeals to you. Tonight I used chicken sausage with Italian cheese.
I would really encourage you to use fresh basil for this recipe as it brings so much flavor to the dish. I use dried basil for some things, but for this I think fresh is best! But as always, I’m not the food police and I will not come knocking on your door if you use dried or if you change up any other part of the recipe.
Do you think you will try this recipe? What changes, if any, would you make?