So finally things in the newly renovated kitchen are getting back to normal. It’s so nice to finally have a workable surface again instead of the plywood counters we had while waiting for the granite.
* A quick tip for anyone in a similar situation: apply contact sticky paper to the plywood. It provides a wipe-able temporary surface in a pinch.
Even though it’s the same kitchen layout, I did a lot of reorganizing and purging of stuff I don’t use. So now I find myself turning in circles cause I’m not used to where everything is. It’s sort of throwing me off my game. I guess it’ll just take me a little time to get used to it but it’s frustrating trying to cook like that.
Yesterday I made this simple Gnocchi Marinara. I love pasta and am always looking for new recipes to try. This one is a great go to weeknight meal. Using store bought gnocchi, you simply used canned tomatoes to make your own quick sauce. Serve it with some frozen garlic bread and you’ve got a hearty homemade meal in a snap.
adapted from Weight Watchers
16 oz dry potato gnocchi
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
14.5 oz can RedPack whole peeled tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1. Cook the gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
2. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, dried seasoning and red pepper. With a wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes into smaller chunks.
4. Cook until the tomatoes have broken down to form a thick sauce, about 20 minutes. Add the gnocchi; toss to coat.