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Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale

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This is one of the BEST fall recipes I’ve tried in a while, and first found it in Food Network Magazine. It’s a perfect way to mellow out kale greens, which are SO nutritious! We made this with roast chicken on the side and fresh grape tomatoes. There is a ton of kale, but if you have cooked with these kinds of greens, you know that they will wilt down A LOT, Just know they will all fit in your pan if you just give it a few minutes. If you added some white beans in at the end, I think it would make an amazing all-in-one vegetarian dinner.

Priced at our local grocery store (Wegmans) this dish is $ 3.86 per person. Add in white beans for an all in one meal, and it’s a grand total of $4.05 per person! Not bad for a really nice, gourmet-style meal!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
2 tablespoons olive oil
olive oil
2
tablespoons
2.5 cups butternut squash, cubed, 1/2 inch
butternut squash
2.5
cups
cubed, 1/2 inch
3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
garlic
3
cloves
minced or crushed
1 tablespoon sage, fresh, chopped
sage
1
tablespoon
fresh, chopped
⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
red pepper flakes
teaspoon
1¼ cups broth, chicken or vegetable
broth
cups
chicken or vegetable
8 cups kale, stems removed, roughly chopped (about one bunch)
kale
8
cups
stems removed, roughly chopped
about one bunch
16 ounces gnocchi, prepared (check package as may contain wheat or eggs)
gnocchi
16
ounces
prepared
check package as may contain wheat or eggs
¾ parmesan cheese, freshly grated
parmesan cheese
¾
freshly grated

Method

Preheat broiler. In a large ovenproof skillet (with a lid), heat olive oil on the stove over medium heat and cook squash 5-10 minutes until soft and slightly browned. Add garlic, sage, red pepper flakes and cook another 2 minutes until garlic is soft.

Add chicken broth to skillet and as it starts to simmer, add kale in batches until all are wilted slightly. Add gnocchi, stir well and cover for about 5 minutes until gnocchi is cooked through. Remove cover, and stir in 1/4 cup parmesan. Sprinkle remaining parmesan onto the top and put under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until bubbly and hot.

Babyfood Option:

This is a nice soft pasta for toddlers. Consider cutting up the gnocchi and greens a bit for newer eaters. The squash is perfectly soft and can be pulled out and smashed up for even the newest eaters.

Prep time
15 min
Cook time
20 min
Cost per serving:
$3.86
Yields/Serves:
4 servings

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum!” (her mother said she DEVOURED it!” —Katherine, age 2
😫😟😐😀😍 “Ok. I was confused about what this was. I didn’t know if it was really pasta. It tastes different.” —Maria, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yuck! We like the pasta, not the kale and squash!” —Nia and Noelle, age 6
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. I like the pasta, but not as much the greens.” —Anna, age 10
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. I like the squash and greens, but the pasta is weird.” —Zane, age 8