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I love traditional tomato sauce. I love gorgonzola. I thought, why not just put these two bags of delicious Trader Joe’s Gnocchi together to create a happy, creamy, cheesy combo of tomato gnocchi goodness? It’s a hit in our house and it’s an unbelievably quick and tasty recipe. I love “semi-homemade” types of recipes that I can have on-hand for a busy weeknight meal. This one literally takes 15 minutes including prep time! If you’re not a fan of gorgonzola, don’t be afraid to try this recipe. The gorgonzola sauce is very mild, more like an alfredo.
I have two girls and one of them is an extremely picky eater but she loves this recipe! When I tell her I’m going to make it, she never remembers what gnocchi is though. I have to tell her that it’s the pasta that she thought was filled with cheese but isn’t. Then she knows exactly what I’m talking about. I don’t dare to tell her that gnocchi is made from potatoes. That would potentially move this recipe off the list of the things she’ll actually eat. Every once in awhile, I include in my posts something hilarious that my kids said when they were younger… here’s one from my picky eater that still makes me laugh!
Kids Say the Cutest Things! Brenna @ age 5
I took the girls to play at the park the other day and my younger daughter said, “my head feels busy from the miracle round.” She meant, “my head feels dizzy from the merry-go-round.” It was so cute, she kept saying, “Mommy, my head feels so busy” and “whoa, my head is getting busy again!”
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Back to the recipe! You literally just throw everything in the pan… olive oil, two bags of gnocchi, garlic, tomato paste, chicken flavor packet and you’re done! 10 minutes on the stove and it looks like you worked all afternoon to make this!
Pictured above is my favorite pan I use when cooking this recipe. I liked it so much that I just bought a second of this same size and also a smaller one!
I’ve just recently been working hard on improving my food photography. The set up isn’t always pretty! Below is my little helper, Summer, our Maltese dog. I wanted to have a more dramatic look for this photo, so I set up in my bedroom because it has room darkening shades. The table is actually my older daughter’s last science fair project board. I love science! Seriously though, I’m a former microbiologist. Unfortunately I helped her a little too much with that project. She won an award for her pictures which may or may not have taken by me. They were fabulous and I am the proud holder of an awesome photography certificate award with my daughter’s name on it.
My husband said we should make captions for what Summer is thinking in this photo.
Husband: I can’t believe she’s using that shutter speed and ISO. Rookie!
Husband: I used to be your center of attention.
Me: Mama, I will help you clean up afterwards!
And finally… the recipe! Here are a couple of the ingredients I use:
Gourmet Garden garlic paste – pick up at your local grocery store
Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – my favorite brand. Costco carried it for awhile, but now I have to buy it online
Trader Joe’s Savory Broth Chicken Flavor – just including the link so you know what to look for… buy it at your local TJ’s!
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin garlic olive oil
- 1 bag Trader Joe's Gnocchi al Gorgonzola
- 1 bag Trader Joe's Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
- 1 packet Trader Joe's Savory Broth Chicken Flavor (bouillon; see above for link)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 clove worth of Gourmet Garden garlic paste
- Shredded parmesan and basil for serving
- Place all ingredients in soup pot and cook on medium/high for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Start with half the flavor bouillon packet and add more to desired salt level.
- It will be thick so use chicken broth to thin to desired consistency. Serve topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese and basil.