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Baked Gnocchi with Tomato, Mozzarella, and Spring Salad

Gnocchi are pillowy pasta dumplings, typically made from potato, flour, and egg. Variations include those made from spinach, ricotta, or semolina flour. In this dish, we prepare the gnocchi baked-ziti style, with homemade tomato-basil sauce and a bubbling, melty layer of mozzarella cheese.

Recipe by: Chef Elana
Serves: 2
Total time: 35-45 minutes

Ingredients:
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
⅔ bunch basil
3 ounces spring mix
1 can whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
10 ounces gnocchi
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper

1. Prepare Ingredients

Preheat oven to 425°F. Peel onion and mince. Mince garlic. Rinse basil and tear leaves into bite-size pieces, discarding stems. Rinse spring mix and pat dry with paper towel. Place tomatoes and their juices in a large bowl and crush by hand.

2. Make Tomato Sauce

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium high-sided ovenproof pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add onion. Cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add dried oregano, crushed red pepper, if desired, and garlic and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce is thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.

3. Cook Gnocchi

Taste sauce and add salt and pepper as needed. Add gnocchi and stir to coat. Simmer until warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir basil into sauce.

4. Bake Gnocchi

Sprinkle shredded mozzarella evenly over gnocchi in pan. Transfer to oven and bake until cheese is bubbling, about 5 minutes. Then turn broiler to high and broil until a golden crust forms, 3-5 minutes more.

5. Make Salad

While gnocchi bakes, in a large bowl, whisk together 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard, Champagne vinegar, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Add spring mix and toss to coat.

6. Plate Gnocchi

Divide gnocchi evenly between 2 plates. Serve hot with salad alongside.

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