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Gnocchi with Kale and White Beans March 1, 2011

Posted by frizzybaker in Dinner, Recipes.

This is one of my favorite and healthier meals that I prepare 🙂 A couple of ingredients in the name of the dish may be unfamiliar to you.

A lot of people do not know what gnocchi (pronounced “NOH-kee”) are – gnocchi are little Italian dumplings consisting of potatoes, flour, and egg. I purchased a pack at the store that were made of sweet potatoes and whole wheat flour. Leave it up to the Italians to make potatoes into a pasta dish!

Kale is a dark, leafy green vegetable that is highly nutritious food. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believed to have anti-cancer properties too.  This meal is chalk full of good-for-you things, and it tastes deeelicious!

Gnocchi with Kale and White Beans

– 1 tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
– 1 16oz package gnocchi Varities include whole wheat or regular
– 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
– 4 garlic cloves, minced
– 1/2 cup water
– 6 cups chopped kale leaves (about 1 small bunch)
– 1 15oz can diced tomatoes with italian seasonings (If you don’t have these tomatoes, use regular diced tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of italian seasoning)
– 1 15oz can white beans
– 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
– 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
– 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese


1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown. 5-7 minutes. Transfer to bowl

2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onion to skillet, stirring over medium heat for approx 2 mins. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook onion until soft. Approx 4-6 min

3. Add Kale and stir. Cover and simmer until wilted – kale will shrink.

4. Stir in white beans and tomatoes and bring to a simmer.

5. Stir in gnocchi and sprinkle with cheeses. Cook until cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. About 3 mins


P.S. These beans were NOT from a can. Stay tuned to find out how I “made” my own beans.


1. Nicole @ yuppieyogini - March 6, 2011

Yum! That looks awesome. I love kale!

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