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No-Potato-Gnocchi Skillet Dinner (from scratch!)

No-Potato-Gnocchi Skillet Dinner (from scratch!)

You are never going to believe this, but I made this entire dinner in 1 hour and 15 minutes…from scratch (i.e. the pasta did not come out of a box).  We don’t have any time to waste! Let’s get started!

First…the gnocchi!  And surprise! You don’t need potatoes…just lots and lots of ricotta (let’s not worry about fat content today) ?


  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour

*Mix all the above ingredients together until it forms a sticky dough*


*Put the dough on a well floured surface (and make sure your hands are floured throughout the whole dough process as well*

*Separate the dough into four parts after you have kneaded it a little*

*Shape each part into a long rope (about the width of a knife handle) and cut into gnocchi-shaped pieces and place on a parchment lined cooking sheet that you have floured*


*Bring a large pot of salted water with 1/2 tsp olive oil to boil.  Put in the gnocchi pieces (I do  batch of about 30 at a time) and cook for 4 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and put into a colander.  Drizzle about 1/2 tsp of olive oil on top of each removed batch*

Now prep the rest of the ingredients.  If you’re super efficient, cook the sausage while you are cooking the gnocchi.



  • 1 pint of heirloom tomatoes – boil water and pour over the tomatoes in a bowl.  Allow it to sit for 2 minutes and then drain.  I don’t have data to back this up, but I swear it make the tomatoes more flavourful in meals :)
  • 1 bunch of black kale – shredded and de-spined
  • 4 cooked sausages (I used chicken sausage with tarragon and plum) – cut into rounds
  • 3 tbs freshly grated parmesan

*In a large skillet, brown the cooked sausage rounds for about 3 to 4 minutes*

*Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes.*

*Add the kale and cook for 2 more minutes*

*Add the gnocchi, mix carefully and cook for 2 more minutes*

*Mix in the parmesan, remove from heat and serve!*

About The Author

Natasha Raey

I love seeing the look of shock and disbelief in the eyes of anyone who has known me since before 2012 and has just discovered how much I love to cook now. And I’m a girl who will give credit where credit is due – my boyfriend, Tyler is definitely the impetus behind my newfound love. When we started dating, I had barely even grocery shopped, let alone cooked a meal. On one of our first dates, he thought it would be a good idea to cook together. So I researched some recipes online, and we went grocery shopping together… and that’s how it went the first few months…and then that morphed into me grocery shopping by myself (oh my!) and planning our dinners. I’m now fully obsessed with searching out new meal ideas and pairings, and I anxiously await my weekly e-mails from Yummly. When I can’t sleep, I grab my phone and check out the newest ideas at I am a full-on foodie, and I love it! When I’m not cooking, I can be found working as a senior health administrator. I am also the co-founder of SheTalks Global and work in the medical marijuana industry in operations and branding/ marketing.


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