I made gnocchi for the first time last night and it was incredible. And I can say that it is totally potluckable and takes less than half an hour:


  • 2 packages gnocchi
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Jar of artichoke hearts
  • 2-3 tbsp capers
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Chicken sausage, sliced (I used TJ's sun-dried tomato flavor)
  • Garlic, fresh basil, oregano, rosemary, olive oil

Directions (Super Easy)

  1. Start the water for the gnocchi first
  • You want to cook it to mostly-done.
  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet
  • Throw in garlic.
  1. Once garlic is ever-so-slightly browned, turn heat to medium-high and throw in chicken sausage.
  • Mine was pre-cooked, but it helps to throw it around with the other ingredients.
  1. Throw the cherry tomatoes in with the chicken sausage, and go ahead and add the lemon juice, rosemary, oregano, artichoke hearts and capers.
  2. Cook until you're happy with it, throw in gnocchi, cook another minute or two
  • the starch will thicken the liquid a little
  1. Throw in basil and serve.

And since it is an Italian dish you can never go wrong with bruschetta.

It's my go-to when I don't have a lot of time. It doesn't have to be fancy or chopped. Just a slice of tomato, a slice of mozzarella, a basil leaf, some Parmesan and cracked black pepper, a little drizzle of olive oil and balsamic on crusty bread.