Three ingredients are all you need to have this delicious, creamy, stomach-hugging bowl of gnocchi with roasted red peppers and chorizo…
Yeah right I can here you saying right now; your eyebrows raised in suspicion, and eyes rolling in sarcasm-thickened exasperation – how can a bowl of delicious gnocchi only be made from three ingredients – c’est impossible!
Well folks, having a short shopping list with such a tasty result may have once been a fairytale but, today, we are going to cook, eat (and eat and eat and eat) and live through quick-and-easy comfort food madness..
Madness I tell you! ?
So, get out your pad a pen (or swipe and unlock your smart phone) and write these three ingredients down:
It only seems logical that for a gnocchi recipe, gnocchi would be the first (and foremost ingredient). Store bought is just fine.
So far so good? It only get’s better…
#2: Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Of course, by now, you have a jar of Thyme to Mango’s 5 Minute Roasted Red pepper sauce sitting in your fridge (or freezer) just waiting to be used on the next exciting recipe, right?
No? Ah well, this is a judgement-free zone so I won’t think (too) badly of you but this is now on your to-make list, ok?. Just five minutes of active prep time (and 30 mins of roasted and cooling in between) and you will have made yourself the yummiest alternative to all those old, cliched tomato-based sauces (it can also be a kick ass – and may I add vegan – alternative to cheese sauces).
Now, of course, should you need to be making this gnocchi recipe, like, right now then, obviously, whipping up a red pepper sauce (even if it is only 5 mins) may be a bit much so this can be swapped out for a tomato based sauce (but then I cannot guarantee the deliciousness of the end result. Please, make the red pepper sauce! ?)
Now the chorizo is my favourite ingredient in this meal because it is a secret little flavour booster. Packed with garlic and herbs it adds so much flavour that would otherwise come from your overfilled spice rack. No need for this recipe for the chorizo + the red pepper sauce is all the drool-worthy flavour your going to need!
And there it is, just throw it all together and you have a quick and easy meal without any fuss in the kitchen and, I don’t know about you, I can certainly use this type of meal now and then…
Although I love the whole food blogging thing, every now and then I sigh a little sigh of relief when I don’t have to be in the kitchen cooking and, worst of all, clearing up. Like the times I sit on the couch watching “Friends” whilst the Paramedic makes dinner, or when we both say meh! and order takeout, or when we go to a restaurant and sip on wine whilst someone else makes us food…
It’s a great feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, I love making food – and I’m always a little wary (and keep my distance) from people who say they don’t like cooking. I mean, what else do people love if not making delicious, homemade food that kicks the butts of anything from a supermarket or takeout menu – but a break from it all is simply heaven from time to time.
And that happened this weekend that just flew past in the blink of an eye. I celebrated a birthday (yay, happy birthday to me!) and the Paramedic spoiled me rotten with a trip down to Melbourne for a few days, with nothing more in the way of plans other than eating food, drinking wine, catching up with friends and family, going to bed…. and repeat.
And repeat and repast and repeat!
And apart from posting a recipe on Saturday, and the obligatory social media loitering, I took an entire 4 days off from everything. Yes, I spent four whole days stuffing my face with so much food that other people had made for me!
And stuff my face I did, to the point I rarely stopped having a stomach feeling so full that it might burst (serious, guilt-ridden #firstworldproblems right here).
And then, just as quickly as it all started, I found myself walking back in through my front door (our furry kids more than just a little excited to see us) and I suddenly .
I have so many great recipes I want to make and try, and I’ve been so excited to get back in the kitchen, but getting out of my mini holiday mode and back to not having people make me food for every single meal (and in between snack) of the day has been a luxury I’ve found hard to loose.
So that’s why I’m so happy about this gnocchi recipe. I made it last week, and stored it in the freezer whilst we were out of town, which means it was the perfect defrost and heat, no fuss meal option, I could in stay and relish my mini-holiday buzz for just a little longer. And of course, because it is just so easy, it means I can throw it together again whilst I still try and drag myself back into food blogger extraordinaire mode
And its just that perfect level of comfort food; its creamy, filling, and tasty but also contains a smidgeon of nutritional goodness which completely trumps the fast food, takeout menu option. OK the chorizo may not be the most health conscious ingredient…
But when all you feel like doing on a chilly night is curl up on the couch with your family, Netflix, a glass of wine (or two), and a bowl of stomach-hugging comfort food, then a little indulgence is hardly a bad thing, right?
So take that little shopping list of yours and get yourself a bowl of this for dinner.
Roasted Red Pepper and Chorizo Gnocchi
Prep Time: 5 mins || Cook Time: 15 mins || Serves 4
- 500g Gnocchi
- 450ml Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 3 Chorizo Sausages, skins removed and chopped into small bitesized pieces
- salt and pepper to taste and a drop of oil for frying
- Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the gnocchi and cook for a few minutes or until it floats to the surface. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a pan, fry the chorizo until cooked. Add the roasted red pepper sauce and heat through. Stir in the gnocchi. Serve.
- Now an awesome addition to this recipe – which would take the number of ingredients up to 4 – would be a sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese. I really wanted to have feta cheese on this when I made it last week but had none in my fridge and had no interest of getting into the car and driving down the shops to buy any (I’m lazy like that). But if gnocchi sprinkled with feta cheese is really hitting all your foodie buttons right then go ahead and throw it on there (with the condition that you get back to me and tell me how delicious it was, ok?)
- You can also stir through, or sprinkle over some fresh basil, if your a basil sprinkling kinda person.