Friday, May 28, 2010

Gnocchi with Pesto, Chicken and Sundried Tomatoes

Gnocchi is a delicious and rich "pasta" made of potatoes. If you've never tried it you must! It is silky and light, like little, pillowy clouds. And it is so fun to eat! It absorbs sauce and is mild in flavor and so can be paired with just about anything. Last night I made gnocchi with chicken, sundried tomatoes and pesto sauce. It was flavorful and rich without being heavy, and it was so easy to make! If you can't find gnocchi this flavor combo would work well with any thick pasta such as penne. Enjoy!!

Gnocchi with Pesto, Chicken and Sundried Tomatoes
Soft, pillowy gnocchi with flavorful pesto and chewy sundried tomatoes.
Serves 3

1 package gnocchi
1/2 cup prepared pesto
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 small or 1 large chicken breast
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Heat 1 T. of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and cut into bitesize pieces. Cook in skillet until almost cooked through. Remove and reserve.

Cook gnocchi according to package directions.

Meanwhile, add a little more oil to the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes until it begins to soften. Add the sundried tomatoes and wine and cook until wine reduces by half. Add the chicken back in.

Drain the gnocchi and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Add gnocchi and pesto to skillet. Stir to combine. If it seems dry add some of the pasta water until the consistency is right. Add a bunch of grated Parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of salt and lots of black pepper. Serve with crusty bread.

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