This Gnocchi with Balsamic Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions is one of those really easy recipes that I like to make for lunch. I almost always have some Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes in the freezer. I take them out of the freezer, and defrost them in the microwave. Cook up an onion, and boil some water for the gnocchi, and gnocchi only takes about 2-3 minutes to cook. It’s pretty easy, and very minimal chopping (which makes me really happy on some of those busy days).
You could also throw some fresh herbs into the dish. Oh, and fresh spinach added in at the end so it just starts to wilt, would be so yummy. Unfortunately for me, the husband isn’t a fan of cooked or wilted spinach so I have to forgo the spinach.
I like the meatless crumbles in this dish (Morningstar has some soy crumbles, Quorn has some soy-free crumbles, or use your favorite brand) . You don’t even notice that they’re there; they just add a little texture and some meatiness. If you prefer, use cooked crumbled sausage (meaty or veggie links), or even use cooked ground turkey or ground beef.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion coarsely chopped
- 1 package 12 ounce gnocchi
- 1/3 cup meatless crumbles
- 1 cup balsamic roasted tomatoes
- salt & pepper
- for garnish: grated Manchego Parmesan, or Asiago cheese
- In a medium pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add chopped onion, and cook about 15-20 minutes or until onion starts to brown. If onion starts to burn, or cook too fast, add a little water to the pan so it slows the cooking. While onion cooks, in another pot, start the water to boil for the gnocchi. Once boiling, cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and place cooked gnocchi in a large bowl.
- Once onion is nice and caramelized, add soy crumbles and balsamic tomatoes to pot, and continue to cook about 3 minutes more, or until heated through. Remove tomato and onion mixture, and place in the large bowl with the gnocchi. Taste for salt and pepper, and top with grated cheese for serving. Enjoy!
Makes 2-3 servings
Note on the nutrition analysis: it seems to be off for this dish. The package of gnocchi I use is 400 calories per serving. The meatless crumbles are about 30 calories. The onion and tomatoes are negligible calories.The oil is about 20 calories per serving. And the garnishing cheese will vary depending on how much you use, but it totals about 500 calories (rounding up for variances).
Looking for more ways to use these yummy Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes and Onions? They’re great anywhere you might use sun-dried tomatoes. Here are some of the other recipes I’ve used them in.