Do you shop at the farmers’ market in your town? Lately, I’ve traveled downtown to the market looking for locally grown vegetables and Kansas sourced meat to use in new recipes. Since becoming a gardener, I’m more interested in knowing where my food comes from and how it is treated before I eat it.
The benefit of shopping local is ten-fold, but some of the primary reasons I enjoy it is because 1.) The produce is organic, larger in size and better in flavor 2.) I’m supporting the livelihood of Kansas farmers and 3.) I enjoy making friends with fellow foodies and talking about recipes.
I prepared Gnocchi with Italian Sausage, Yellow Squash and Spinach after purchasing two yellow squash and a box of fresh pasta from market vendors. Inspired by the ingredients and similar recipe by Gordon Ramsey, I prepared an easy, weeknight meal that was full of flavor and layered in texture. The pasta dish turned out to be scrumptious! I loved the pillowy soft gnocchi (made from potatoes!) with the chunky veggies and sausage crumbles. Consider making it for your family this week!
One Delightful Life
A hearty and healthy meal perfect for using up fresh vegetables.
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 14 oz. gnocchi
- 1 lb. ground, mild Italian sausage
- 2 T. olive oil
- 2 diced yellow squash
- 3 diced garlic cloves
- 1/2 bag of baby spinach
- 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
- Salt and Pepper
- Shredded Parmesan
- Brown the ground sausage on medium high until broken down and caramelized.
- Remove sausage from the pan and drain on a plate of paper towels.
- In a separate pan, add the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the diced yellow squash and stir occasionally until the squash is softened.
- Add the diced garlic and stir until incorporated.
- Add the spinach, tomatoes, and stir.
- Add the drained sausage to the squash, garlic, spinach, and tomatoes. Stir until well mixed and turn the stove on low.
- In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a rolling boil.
- Add the gnocchi and stir it occasionally for 2-3 minutes until the pasta floats. Using a slotted spoon, drain the gnocchi by the spoonful and add it to the pot of sausage and vegetables. Gently fold it all to incorporate the ingredients.
- Add salt and pepper and sprinkled Parmesan on each serving while hot.
You could also sprinkle a few ribbons of fresh basil on top of your warm bowl of pasta. I didn’t choose to do that since the gnocchi I purchased was already flavored with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. If you love tomatoes, add more! Wish this recipe included mushrooms? Don’t have yellow squash but zucchini instead? Trust yourself to swap or add ingredients!
If you make this recipe for two people, you’ll have at least two servings leftover for the next day’s lunch! Of course, let me know what you think of this yummy weeknight meal in the comments below.
Oh, and if you LOVE squash, try my recipe for Buttery Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Feta. It’s a delightful side dish for any fall season meal.