Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sneaky Gnocchi

On my endless quest to try new things, I picked up a package of gnocchi. I'd never had it before, so I had no idea what to do with it. A quick internet search yielded many suggestions of serving it with an alfredo-type sauce, so I ran with that.

This alfredo sauce is super-sneaky. It contains beans, greens, and pumpkin, but no soy, wheat, or dairy. You can serve it like I did or heat it up in a saucepan and pour it over pasta or vegetables. You can also switch out the pumpkin puree for a different vegetable like carrot or squash and use kale instead of spinach. Or, if you don't like the green tint the spinach gives the sauce, you can leave the greens out entirely.

Sneaky Gnocchi

1 package gnocchi (I used a 17oz package of pumpkin gnocchi)
1 lb tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 medium red bell pepper, diced

Alfredo Sauce
1 15oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup raw spinach, tightly packed
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp tahini

Sesame Parmesan Sprinkles
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp light miso

Preheat oven to 400F. Put cubed tofu in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the tofu is cooking, cook gnocchi according to package directions (this is usually place in boiling water for a few minutes until it floats, then drain).

Place all alfredo sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Place sesame seeds in a spice grinder or food processor and process to a powder. Add nutritional yeast and miso and process until well mixed.

Mix together tofu, diced peppers, cooked gnocchi, and alfredo sauce in a bowl, then pour into an 8"x8" pan. Sprinkle sesame parmesan over the gnocchi mixture. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, until sesame parmesan is lightly browned and the sauce is thick and bubbly.

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