Today is a big day around here. My oldest is turning 18 and graduating from high school and I can barely believe it's possible. Where has the time gone? I swear it was only a few days ago that she was running around in pigtails and just learning her letters. I'm not ready for this!
The next few days are going to be packed full of graduation and open houses not to mention all the family coming in that we haven't seen in years. I'm so afraid we are going to fall into the fast food trap as we go from event to event. I really don't want to do that so I'm trying to plan a few quick and easy meals that can be put together on the fly with little effort.
This gnocchi dish is going to the top of that meal list. From start to finish I can make this in 15 minutes. I can even push it to 10 if I don't let the sauce simmer too long. Gnocchi cooks so quickly and when paired with the meat sauce it makes a quick but filling meal. Serve it with a salad and you're done!
Gnocchi with Meat Sauce
1 lb ground beef
1½ cups diced onion
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 lb gnocchi
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
shredded fresh basil
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, onion and garlic and cook until the beef is cooked through, breaking up the beef as it cooks. Add in the tomatoes, brown sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until the gnocchi rises to the surface of the water. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the cooked gnocchi to the meat sauce and stir to combine.
Serve topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and shredded basil, if desired.
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