I went bra shopping yesterday for the first time since I had O. Let me tell you, it was quite an experience. I tried on a whole two bras before declaring that I needed to check out a store with better selection.

It was actually a far more frustrating event than bathing suit shopping was, believe it or not.

So I came home empty – handed and a little annoyed, not to mention cold because, snow. Dinner hadn’t even crossed my mind, so I was incredibly happy to open the fridge and see a half-full skillet of baked gnocchi just chilling (literally).

Gnocchi, if you aren’t familiar, are little potato dumplings that can be used in a variety of dishes in place of pasta. They are happy little pillows of potatoey goodness. I prepared mine with a pretty basic meat sauce, topped everything with cheese, and then baked the skillet until I couldn’t stand it anymore. Want to try it? Yes, I think you do.

Baked Gnocchi

1 package gnocchi (or one recipe of homemade gnocchi)

1 pound ground pork

1 small onion, diced

1 smallish green (or red, or yellow) pepper, diced

About 3/4 cup mushrooms, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can Hunt’s spaghetti sauce

1 bag pre washed baby spinach

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

A generous handful each of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 425°. In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, brown the pork along with peppers, onion, garlic, and seasonings. Drain.

While the pork is draining, add mushrooms to the hot skillet. Season with salt and pepper, and let brown for a few minutes. Return pork to skillet and add tomato sauce and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Give it a good stir, then add spinach. You may have to do this in batches…Add some, cover and let wilt, stir, add some more…etc.

Turn the heat down to low and let the sauce simmer. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions and drain. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning as necessary, then gently fold the gnocchi into the sauce. Top with as much cheese as you like, then bake for about 15 minutes. Feel free to turn the broiler on to really get the cheese brown and bubbly.


Serve with a salad and some cheesy garlic bread.

A satisfying one-skillet meal that is BF approved, toddler approved, and definitely mama approved!