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The jury is still out on whether gnocchi (NYOK-kee) is considered pasta or potato, but there’s no confusion surrounding the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi. While it’s technically categorized as an Italian dumpling, gnocchi is the perfect substitute for pasta. TJ’s cauliflower version is gluten-free, like most gnocchi varieties, but it’s also egg-free, making it uber allergy-friendly.
TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi is popular for its versatility, pleasant taste and texture, and convenience. Just pop a bag of these bad boys in a pan, and within minutes you’ve got yourself a crisp vessel for butter and cheese, marinara sauce, or whatever toppings your heart desires. Or, you can add the TJ’s gnocchi to a dish that already calls for gnocchi to make things even easier for yourself. Made up of 75 percent cauliflower, TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi is also a good source of fiber and nutrients for those of us who could stand to eat more veggies.
Keep reading for six easy recipes that start with Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi!
Steak With Gnocchi and Green Beans
This recipe screams “date night,” but it’s so effortless you’ll save it for weeknights, too. While a seared and seasoned hanger steak is supposed to be the star, gnocchi simmered in butter and sauteed shallots steals the show. Add boiled green beans for color and crunch, and you’ve assembled a simple yet satisfying plate in just 30 minutes.
One Pot Italian Sausage Gnocchi Soup
Can we please normalize having soup for dinner? Given its warmth and heartiness, a comforting bowl of soup is usually reserved for sick days or chilly nights. It’s also been relegated to side dish status, but this recipe is a reminder that soup is easy, delicious, and healthy—and it’s a main course on its own. Add the cauliflower gnocchi at the very end of this recipe, since it only takes a couple of minutes to cook. It’s a great way to bulk up soups and stews.
Skillet Gnocchi With Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Unlike traditional pasta, the ideal way to cook gnocchi is on the stovetop. This gives it the perfect texture and golden color—and aside from boiling broccoli rabe, it’s all cooked up in one skillet for easy cleanup. With pillowy cauliflower gnocchi, meaty sausage, and creamy ricotta cheese, this recipe has got it all. Not to mention its unexpected ingredient, fennel, which adds a freshness and mild sweetness to the dish.
Gnocchi Alla Vodka
If you like penne alla vodka, this is the gnocchi recipe for you. Gnocchi isn’t pasta, but it can be used like noodles since the dumplings are the perfect bite-sized shape. This recipe has everything you need in an Italian-inspired dinner—butter, Parmesan cheese, and marinara sauce. And yes, it calls for vodka, which lends to the creaminess of the sauce and enhances the flavor of the other ingredients. Who knew?!
Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Broccoli
Sheet pan meals were designed for busy weeknights, and this one is perfect for using up that package of TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi. You only need a few ingredients and minimal kitchen equipment to whip this up. Add everything to a sheet pan, toss it together, and let it roast for about 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. When the timer dings, you’ll have a hearty plate of roasted gnocchi and veggies topped with feta cheese.
Gnocchi With Sausage and Spinach
Packaged gnocchi, wilted spinach, and savory Italian sausage join forces in this quick and easy meal. If you’ve got 15 minutes, you can make this dish. And if you’re a novice in the kitchen, this recipe doesn’t require advanced cooking skills. Cook up a package of gnocchi, sauté chopped onion, and crumble up cooked sausage. Add your spices and leafy greens, and mix. That’s it! Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to round it out, and dinner is served.
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