Gnocchi with Kale and Butternut Squash

I've eaten gnocchi a handful of times and every time I do it's like an explosion of deliciousness went off in my mouth...

And the best kind of explosion is one of deliciousness... Duh.

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So there are plenty of prepared gnocchi packages at the grocery store but how fun is that? Just buying a package and cooking according to its directions... Snoozefest. Making your own gnocchi is much more fun and messy. Let's get messy!

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Meet kale. She is a super food. You should probably eat more of her. (Yes, kale is female because females are super)

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Told you I was obsessed with squash. Squashy squash squash.

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Gnocchi with Kale and Butternut Squash

Serves 6.

375 calories a serving.

Ingredients for gnocchi:

- 2 lbs russet potatoes

- 1 1/2 cups flour

- 1 tsp salt

- 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Directions for gnocchi:

1. preheat oven to 400 F

2. prick the potatoes all over with a fork and bake them for about 45 minutes or until easily pierceable with a fork (flip potatoes over half way through baking)

3. let the potatoes cool slightly, peel and grate them using a cheese grater into a large bowl

4. add the egg and salt to the bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon

5. dump the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead it like bread dough for about 3-4 minutes

6. form the dough into a ball then divide it into six smaller balls

7. roll each of the six smaller balls into a long rope (3/4 inch thick) using your fingertips then cut the rope into one inch pieces

8. press the top of each piece with a fork to create typical gnocchi ridges (if the gnocchi sticks to the fork dip the fork into flour and try again)

9. **to cook the gnocchi: place them into a pot of boiling salted water until they float, cook for an additional minute then remove using a slotted spoon

10. take a good look at your homemade gnocchi and pat yourself on the back :)

**you can also freeze the gnocchi (before cooking) to use at a later time by placing them on a lightly floured or parchment-lined baking dish until frozen then transferring them to a freezer bag and storing them in the freezer until you are ready to cook

Ingredients for squash and kale:

- 2 tbsp salted butter

- 1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 cubes

- 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

- 2 tbsp roughly chopped sage

- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

- 1 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

- 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)

- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

- sea salt and pepper

Directions for kale and butternut squash:

1. preheat broiler

2. melt one tbsp butter in a dutch oven, add garlic and cook until golden (about 2 minutes)

3. add squash and cook until slightly soft and golden (about 8 minutes/stirring occasionally)

4. stir in sage, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper then cook an additional 2 minutes

5. add veggie broth to the dutch oven; when it starts to simmer, stir in the kale and cook until the kale wilts slightly (about 2 minutes)

6. fold in the gnocchi, stir until coated then cover and cook until the gnocchi is just tender (about 5 minutes)

7. uncover the dutch oven, stir in parmesan cheese and the remaining one tbsp butter, then transfer it to the broiler and cook until golden and bubbly (about 3 minutes)

8. serve!!

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Sexy ridges.

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