Baked Gnocchi with Italian Sausage, Grape Tomatoes, and Mozzarella
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Total Time 40minutes
Author Pam - For the Love of Cooking
½lbground sweet Italian sausage
Handful of grape tomatoes
Pinchcrushed red pepper flakesto taste
128 oz can of whole tomatoes
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepperto taste
12ozof Parmesan gnocchiprepared per package instructions
1heaping cup of baby spinach
Fresh mozzarellato taste
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the Italian sausage and cook, breaking it up into crumbles and stirring often, for 3 minutes.
Add the grape tomatoes, shallot, and crushed red pepper flakes then cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
Add the canned tomatoes and lower heat to low; simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally while making sure to break up the canned tomatoes with the spoon.
Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
Cook the gnocchi in salted boiling water, per package instructions, for about 3 minutes; drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
Add the drained gnocchi to the tomato sauce and a bit of the cooking water if needed.
Add the fresh baby spinach and toss to coat evenly.
Pour into a baking dish and top with pieces of ripped mozzarella (or shredded is fine too). Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. If you want to brown the cheese, place the baking dish under the broiler for a minute or two - watch it carefully so it doesn't burn!
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
Add the fresh basil to the top and serve with Parmesan on the side. Enjoy.