Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

This Parmesan Fried Gnocchi is a totally delicious side dish that’s ready in minutes. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish with a salad or veggies for an unbelievable dinner.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Given that I spend large portions of my day thinking about food, I’m always surprised by how many people I know who don’t cook. Maybe they never learned how because there’s always been someone in their house to cook for them. A parent and then a partner usually. It’s not that they aren’t interested in food, but they just have no intention of making anything for themselves. I do not understand these people.

There’s another group of people who tell me they don’t cook very much because they just don’t have time. This I can relate to. There are so many evenings when time just gets away from me. If I cooked dinner, it would be about 10 pm before we actually ate. Thank goodness for Just Eat. If I want to be able to make dinner every day, I find that I really need to set myself up for success.

Trying to make every single thing from scratch on a Monday night is a sure way to end up hating yourself. In my opinion, there’s absolutely no shame in taking a little help from the grocery store. Use your favorite bottled salad dressing as a marinade for chicken, for example. Or dress up some microwavable steamed veg with some dried herbs from your pantry.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If your meal needs a quick carby side dish, this Parmesan Fried Gnocchi will be your new go to. It’s the perfect substitute for roasted potatoes which would take ages to chop and cook. Use your favorite store bought gnocchi, and add flavor with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and dried herbs. People will forget about everything else on their plate.

All you have to do is heat a skillet and drizzle in some oil. I used garlic oil for a little extra hit of flavor, but use whatever you have on hand. Then add the gnocchi straight from the package and keep tossing it in the hot oil until it starts to get crispy. Grate over some parm and sprinkle in some dried thyme and oregano, or just use Italian seasoning if you have it. That’s all there is to it.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life gets crazy, but you are totally worth the effort. Take it easy on yourself. Make something simple like Parmesan Fried Gnocchi. Put your feet up and be awesome.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson.

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Bacon Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin

Bacon Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sometimes, simple is awesome. Classic, even. A simple shortbread cookie, a perfectly roasted chicken, a well-fitting black dress. Sometimes, uncomplicated is perfect. But sometimes life needs a little pizzaz.

Top off your shortbread with caramel and chocolate, you’ve elevated something simple to something mind blowing. A great pair of red heels make that perfect black dress really pop. Simple is great, but bold, daring, and different are also pretty outrageous. I thought this recipe could use a little bit of extra awesome.

Bacon Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Gnocchi is one of the most comforting foods ever created. It’s like eating a pillow. I decided to mix it with some tangy goat cheese, and crispy, savoury bacon, as well as a sprinkle of bread crumbs for a bit of extra crunch. Contrast is key.

Added bonus, this recipe is a cinch to make. Melt some cheese. Boil some gnocchi. Stir, bake, done. Your food can have complicated flavors,but it need not be complicated to prepare.

Bacon Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Wear red shoes. Eat more goat cheese and bacon. Be happy.

Bacon Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin
Serves 3
Savoury, cheesy, pillowy gnocchi is awesome in every way
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package gnocchi (the brand I buy is 500 grams)
  2. 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  7. 3 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 and put a medium sauce pan of water over high heat to boil.
  2. Add goat cheese and milk to a pot over low to medium heat and stir as it melts until smooth. Turn off the heat and add the pepper and nutmeg.
  3. When the water boils, add the gnocchi and cook until they begin to float. It will only take a couple of minutes.
  4. Once the gnocchi rise to the top, fish them out with a slotted spoon and add them to the cheese mixture. Stir everything together, then transfer the cheesy gnocchi to a small casserole dish or three ramekins.
  5. Sprinkle crumbled bacon and bread crumbs over the top of your gnocchi. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before attempting to shovel it all in your face.
Adapted from Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson
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Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Chili with Gnocchi

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Is it cold where you live? I’m so out of touch with the rest of the universe. This is my third winter in Hawaii where “cold” means you might need a light jacket when you go out and you have to close the windows at night and maybe keep a blanket next to the bed, just in case. I haven’t been properly cold in years. Maybe I’m lucky. Every once in a while, I’m nostalgic for a proper winter.

I think chili is perfect winter food. It’s hearty and cozy. It’s something you can leave bubbling on the stove for a long time. The bowl warms your hands while you’re eating. It’s also spicy, which is supposed to be good for hot weather, but I don’t buy it. Chili is definitely winter food. I mean, I’ll still eat it any time of year, but you see what I’m getting at. 

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

My husband had the brilliant idea of adding some gnocchi to our chili which makes it extra awesome. It adds even more comfort to the pot. Gnocchi is basically like eating a potato pillow. The gnocchi absorbs the spicy flavors of the chili. I don’t know why these soft little dumplings work so perfectly, but they just do. It’s also a great way to make a pot of chili stretch a little further and feed more people without spending a bunch of extra money. Meat is expensive, so you want to make a pound of ground beef go as far as it can. 

You’ve probably had chili with rice or macaroni, but if you’ve never tried it with gnocchi, I suggest you give it a shot. Just use the premade stuff from the pasta aisle. Don’t be a hero. Relax and take the help from the experts. 

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

If you need to warm up, or even if you just want to daydream about a snowpocalypse, this dish will get you there. Make a big pot, call your friends, and get cozy.

Chili with Gnocchi
Serves 6
A great pot of spicy chili made even better with the addition of pillowy gnocchi.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package gnocchi
  2. 1 pound ground beef
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  6. 1 packet chili seasoning
  7. 1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  8. 1 can kidney beans
  9. Sour cream
  10. Cheddar Cheese
  11. Green Onion
Instructions
  1. Fill a medium sauce pan two thirds full of water and put on the stove over high heat to boil. Once the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and allow to cook until they float to the top.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pot over medium high heat, brown the ground beef. Add the salt, pepper, and chili powder as it cooks and break the meat apart with a wooden spoon. Drain the fat and return to the hot pot.
  3. Add the chili seasoning, then add the can of tomatoes and the can of beans without draining them. The liquid will help give the gnocchi something to soak in and get tasty. You may also want to add about a quarter cup of water depending on how thick you like your chili. I just filled my tomato can about halfway with water, swilled it about, then added it in. Allow the chili to come to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about ten minutes.
  4. As your gnocchi start to float to the surface, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and add them to your chili pot. Give everything a stir and let it hang out and do its thing.
  5. When the chili is ready to serve, add it to your bowl and top it with cheddar cheese, green onions, and sour cream.
Notes
  1. This recipe is obviously highly adaptable. Swap out the ground beef for turkey, or add the gnocchi to your favorite vegetarian chili. Go crazy!
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