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January 02, 2019

QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW

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Pan seared Italian sausage chunks, tender gnocchi, and nutrition packed kale make this stew hearty and comforting. With less than 30 minutes cook time, it is perfect for a weeknight family meal.

QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW
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Happy New year!!! I hope you all had a great start to 2019! My husband and I spent it at home with an intimate party of five. We ate lots, drank some, watched a movie, and called it a night. Both of us are happy to see the end of 2018. The latter half of the year has been trying, especially so for my husband, as we were faced with both of his parents' failing health and managing all of their affairs. I'm hoping that 2019 will provide a smoother road to navigate and less complications.




QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW

One thing that is not complicated is this stew. It is a delicious and comforting meal that can easily be put together after a long day. I take advantage of a couple of convenience items to make this stew a breeze to prepare. I love packaged gnocchi. It's a wonderful thing! It cooks literally in three minutes, perfect for a quick meal. I also like to take the lazy way out with the kale. Fresh chopped packaged kale is a time server. It might cost a little more than chopping my own, but for convenience and speediness needed during the weeknight, it is so worth it.



QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW

It's January, and a lot of us are trying to eat a little lighter and healthier than we did during the holiday season. You can certainly make slight alterations to lighten up this stew. For flavor, I don't drain the little bit of fat that is released from the sausage. But you could lighten it up by draining then dabbing off the excess fat with paper towels. For added richness and body, I use a 1/3 cup of heavy cream to finish off the broth. Feel free to substitute with whole milk for a healthier version. Any way you choose to do it, this stew is going to be a winner!

QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW

This recipe serves four and can easily be doubled. And you might want to. It's great as leftovers. The flavors will meld even further and you can enjoy another deliciously comforting meal for lunch again the next day.

See you next time!!  :)




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QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND 
GNOCCHI STEW

QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW


INGREDIENTS:


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
8 cups lightly packed chopped kale
1 cup corn
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 pound gnocchi
1/3 cup heavy cream
salt (to taste)



INSTRUCTIONS:

Add oil to a 4-quart soup pot over medium to medium high meat. Add sausage. Brown, breaking up into small chunks, about 5-7 minutes. Add onion, red pepper, garlic, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. 

Add in kale, corn, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes.

Bring heat back to medium. Add gnocchi. Cook covered, stirring once or twice for 3 minutes or until gnocchi is tender. Turn off heat. Stir in cream. Add salt if needed, to taste.

Makes 4 servings.



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11 comments:

  1. I'm sold just by the word "quick". I need all of the quick, hearty meals this winter! Gnocchi and sausage...yum!!

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    1. I like the my meals to be quick year round and I don't have 3 little ones to chase after. I'm glad this one fits into your busy daily routine, Katherine! Happy New Year!!

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  2. Oooh, that looks good! I really need to try out packaged gnocchi and see how I feel about them because being able to make recipes like this with no fuss would be great.

    And, happy new year to you! I hope it is less stressful than last year. :)

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    1. You've got to give them a try, Annemarie! You can't beat packaged gnocchi for convenience and simplicity. I hope the new year brings us much needed relief. Happy New Year to you! I hope 2019 brings you good health and good times!

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  3. This really does look like a winner, comforting and delicious.

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    1. Thank you Karen! This is exactly the kind of food I crave during winter!

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  4. I made my own gnocchi over winter break and it was only marginally successful :( . I would also be buying it for this beautiful stew! Perfect for winter!

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    1. Ohhhh! I'm sorry to hear that, Inger. That is disappointing. I hope you will have better results if you ever decide to try it again. And thanks! This stew is quite comforting.

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  5. Happy New Year,Thao. I do hope that 2019 will be better for you and your family. This dish looks really delicious, I like packaged gnocchi too, one of the few ready-made foods I buy. And I have to admit I've never managed to make decent homemade gnocchi, I haven't found that perfect recipe, something is always missing.

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  6. Yes, this year need to be better! I have never made my own gnocchi, and with packaged ones that are so tasty, there was little need for me to make my own. Funny how the homemade ones you tried didn't measure up. I hope you'll find the perfect recipe one day!

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  7. My husband doesn't eat pork. Would chicken or beef be good in this stew??

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