Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gnocchi in a Creamy Tomato Sauce w/ Mushrooms & Chicken


Last post was a photo tutorial of How to: Gnocchi, so of course I had to make this post about what I did with it. I actually froze half a batch to use for later & made this delightful meal, it was incredibly delicious! It was all just an attempt to create something marvelous in hopes it would taste well together & it indeed was a success-- definitely a new go-to sauce in my book. Another great thing about this sauce in particular is that is is healthy as well as filling & not over-indulgent, unless you go for seconds ;) Serve this alongside  some roasted vegetables or a nice garden salad, enjoy!

Gnocchi in a Creamy Tomato Sauce w/ Mushrooms & Chicken: (serves 2)

Ingredients:

gnocchi:
1/2 batch potato gnocchi

chicken:
2 tsp olive oil
1 tomato bouillon cube
1/2 chicken breast

sauce:
2 tomatoes
1/4 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp olive oil or butter
1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
basil, oregano, pepper flakes
salt & pepper
Directions:

  • Prepare gnocchi. Set aside in the fridge or pull out from the freezer. 
  • In a small bowl, place olive oil & bouillon cube and begin smashing it together to create a smooth consistency. Next brush it on the chicken breast covering every side, let marinade for a few minutes. 
  • Heat oven to 350F degrees.  Place chicken breast and tomatoes (slightly drizzled w/ olive oil) in an oven safe dish and cook for about 15 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove from oven, cut chicken & dice one tomato. Pulse the other in a food processor to reach a chunky yet smooth sauce.
  • Heat a large pan over low heat & add olive oil, onion & garlic to saute for a couple minutes. Add the spices/herbs/seasoning, diced tomatoes, chicken & mushrooms. Combine, let cook for another minute or two. Add in the Greek yogurt & tomato puree/sauce, combine, & toss in shredded cheese, stir again. Let simmer together for a few minutes to thicken and meld together. 
  • Boil water & salt in pot while the other is cooking. Toss in gnocchi, let cook for about 4 -6 minutes, should rise to surface. Remove from water & gently toss into sauce mixture. Serve with a little extra cheese on top & a salad on the side.

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