Gnocchi with White Beans and Kale

It’s time I shared with you my favorite recipe since switching to Vegetarianism.  I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Gnocchi.  In the wrong sauce it can be pretty unappealing, but when paired correctly, it becomes a thing of wonders.

Ingredients:

1 16oz package of gnocchi

1 large onion – finely sliced

3-4 cloves of garlic – chopped

1 can of cubed tomatoes

1 can cannelini beans

1/2 cup white wine

5 cups or so of chopped kale

1/2 cup shredded mozzerella cheese

approx 2 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

-Heat half of the oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the gnocchi, and saute, stirring often, until lightly browned.  Remove the gnocchi from the pan, and set aside.

-Add the rest of the oil to the pan, and add the onions and a little salt.  Saute until turning translucent, about 5 minutes.

-Add the wine and the garlic, and bring to a boil.  Let boil for about 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, beans, kale, and salt and pepper.  Let simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes until kale is wilted.  Add the gnocchi back into the pan and cook for another 5 minutes.  Sprinkle mozzarella on top and let melt, around 2 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

This recipe is great with almost any kind of greens.  We like kale because it has a nice texture contrast with the gnocchi.  Spinach works great too!

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know I’m technically a little late, but Happy New Year nonetheless!  It has officially been over one year since we went Vegetarian.  We’ve had our ups and downs, but overall, we are still really glad to have made the change.  We discovered new ways to enjoy food, lost some weight, and actually had a really great traditionally fulfilling holiday season, even without the meat!

I look forward to posting our new recipe discoveries and having a wonderful, vegetarian, 2012!