Gnocchi & A Quickie Pasta Sauce

Today’s post is for The Secret Recipe Club, created by Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’. This is how it works: Every month, you get to scour the blog of another member of the club (assigned to you by Amanda), and pick out and cook or bake any recipe from that person’s blog. And of course, it’s a Secret. Until the big reveal, that is.

My assignment this month, was to choose a recipe from This Chick Cooks. Kate features lots of quick and easy recipes that are great for family meals and desserts, mostly using ingredients that you’re likely to already have in your pantry. The recipe choice was easy: “Mini Italian Dumplings, a/k/a Gnocchi,” adapted from Healthy Cooking magazine. Kate promises that you can have gnocchi on the table in 30 minutes. The secret? This recipe uses instant potato flakes instead of boiling and mashing fresh potatoes.

Now, my husband will tell you that I am a gnocchi freak from way back. In fact, I judge Italian restaurants on the basis of their gnocchi. So, how could I resist a quickie gnocchi? And get your minds out of the gutter, people.

This was definitely quick and easy. I omitted the dried basil called for in the recipe, but changed nothing else, and dressed the gnocchi in my own quickie pasta sauce. Hey, a quickie gnocchi calls for a quickie sauce, right?

Quickie Pasta Sauce

Ingredients:

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 – 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 14 oz. cans chopped tomatoes (I used organic, but I don’t judge)
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

Heat the oil on medium-high heat in a 2 – 3 quart saucepan. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sweat until the onion is translucent. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Partially cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium, and allow to simmer briskly until the liquid is reduced by about half, stirring occasionally. This generally takes about the same amount of time it takes to boil a pot of water and cook your pasta.

This is just the basics. You can saute some chopped bell pepper and/or mushrooms along with the onions and garlic, if you like. You can also add your favorite fresh or dried herbs along with the tomatoes. Whatever you have handy and feel like. Make it your own!

It was really fun, searching through another blogger’s recipe posts for inspiration and a different point of view. Wanna play? Join the Secret Recipe Club here.

Now follow along and see who got who – I can’t wait to see who got me and what they chose to make from my eclectic collection. Will it be a dessert? A main course? A 30-minute family meal? Let’s find out together!

 



By RJ Flamingo

20 Comments

  1. 1
    July 18, 2011

    Love Gnocchi! I've been craving it lately and now after seeing this, I think I am going to have to give in! This is my first month in the club – what fun this is!

  2. 2
    July 18, 2011

    Love quick and easy recipes and the SRC!

  3. 3
    July 18, 2011

    Gnocchi is one of my all time favorites…so soft and pillowy, YUM! I haven't had it in forever…now I'm craving :)

  4. 4
    July 18, 2011

    That's crazy – I would've never thought of using potato flakes in gnocchi! They look terrific though!

  5. 5
    July 18, 2011

    I hope that you enjoyed it :) Your take looks so tasty. Have a blessed day!Katie

  6. 6
    July 19, 2011

    I've never had gnocci but would love to try it!

  7. 7
    July 19, 2011

    I haven't made gnocci in years and now I need to as this recipe looks wonderful.If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.Lisa~~Cook Lisa Cook

  8. 8
    July 20, 2011

    Mmm I love gnocchi and this pasta sauce looks great! Super cute dish too by the way :) Love your blog and so glad to be a new follower!

  9. 9
    July 21, 2011

    It's always great to have a favorite, quickie recipe you can turn too. Love the cute plate!

  10. 10
    July 21, 2011

    Gnocchi has been on my list of must make and this seems like a perfect beginner recipe. I like quick and easy!

  11. 11
    July 26, 2011

    girl, this is what I call a wonderful single gals' go to dinner!!!

  12. 12
    July 28, 2011

    I love quickie sauces! And can you believe i've never tried gnocchi? True! Must fix that.

  13. 13
    July 29, 2011

    I love a quickie dinner. Thanks for sharing! Glad to be part of SRC with you!Amy @ A Little Nosh

  14. 14
    July 31, 2011

    We love gnocchi, this looks awesome! So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

  15. 15
    August 4, 2011

    Aha! I was looking for a quickie pasta sauce. Yay!

  16. 16
    August 9, 2011

    Hi Renee! I featured you today on SRC, great looking dish! http://secretrecipeclub.com/gnocchi-and-quickie-pasta-sauce-flamingo-musings/

  17. 17
    August 9, 2011

    Hi renee!, saw you featured on SRC today, great dish, even I make this and my family loves it!

  18. 18
    August 9, 2011

    Quick is always good!

  19. 19
    August 10, 2011

    Saw this on the Secret Recipe Website. Sounds delicious and I love the special ingredient.. potato flakes!

  20. 20
    August 17, 2011

    I've been wanting to try the quick version of gnocci but wanted an honest view of it. Looks like I will be able to do it and still feel like I've had a "good" gnocci!

2 Trackbacks

  • By Passover Gnocchi Pasta on April 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    [...] like a pink sauce on my gnocchi, so I made a batch of my Quickie Pasta Sauce and added 1/4 cup of cream at the end.  I like the sauce kind of chunky, but you can hit it with a [...]

  • By “Quick Recipes” Round-Up (30 Minutes & Under) on January 5, 2013 at 4:03 am

    [...] Quickie Pasta Sauce by Flamingo Musings  (great with pasta or gnocchi) [...]

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