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Skillet Beef Gnocchi


Ingredients
1 pkg (500 g) potato gnocchi
 Salt
 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean or Lean Ground Beef
 1 onion, chopped
 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped garlic
 1 tsp (5 mL) EACH dried oregano and basil leaves
 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
 1 can (398 mL) diced tomatoes
 ½ cup (125 mL) whipping cream
 1 Tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste
 ½ cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
 ¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper
 Grated Parmesan cheese
 Chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions

1. Cook gnocchi in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, cook beef, onion, garlic, oregano and basil over medium-high heat in a large skillet, stirring often and using back of spoon to break up meat into small chunks, for about 10 to 12 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked and onion is tender. Drain.

3. Stir in bacon, tomatoes, ⅔ cup (150 mL) water, cream and tomato paste. Bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and stir in gnocchi and ½ cup (125 mL) cheese; season with ½ tsp (2 mL) salt and the pepper. Spoon half into 2 serving dishes, dividing equally, reserving the remaining half for another meal (see Tips). Serve sprinkled with additional cheese and parsley.

Tips

Transfer extra portions to airtight containers, let cool, then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop in a saucepan or in the microwave until steaming to serve.

This is a great dish to stock in the freezer. Store in sealable freezer bags or airtight containers in the freezer for up to 3 months. Then when you need a tasty meal, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat through in a saucepan on the stovetop to serve.