Italian Sausage Gnocchi

on Sep 03 in Main dish, Pasta, pork by
Italian Sausage Gnocchi

So, do you ever get to the end of the month and think, “wow, we have spent so much on groceries this month?” Well, that was me today so i came up with a dinner that i had everything for. I had some gnocchi in the pantry which i try to keep on hand, and I tend to always have Italian sausage. If you aren’t feeding this to kids i recommend using a hot Italian sausage. It kicks up the flavor to another level. Make sure to use a good quality Parmesan. I have a favorite, it’s an Australian Parmesan that has been aged for over a year. It makes all the difference. That powdered and shredded cheap stuff taste’s like nothing, and in my opinion is pointless. Trust me on this….go buy some Parmesan for this dish. Once again i have found something to put balsamic vinegar in. You’ll see this often. We here at the Ogle house like us some good balsamic. And again, don’t go cheap. Buy a good quality balsamic. Don’t get me wrong I do go cheap on somethings, but there are staples that you don’t want to compromise the flavor. Pair this dish with some garlic bread, and a salad.

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage links
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 (1 pound) package fresh gnocchi
grated Parmesan cheese

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
Add sausages and cook until browned and firm, about 10 minutes. Cut sausages into 1/2 inch slices
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in onion and cook until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes
Add garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until the garlic softens, about 2 minutes
Pour in crushed tomatoes, water, salt, sugar, and balsamic
Add sausage to tomato mixture
Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add gnocchi and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until pasta floats; drain.
Plate; grate Parmesan

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