Soooooo, remember last week when I went on and on about how I’m not really very good at creating my own recipes, so I depend on my kazillion cookbooks and the power of the internet? Well, you can chalk THIS recipe up as a true miracle.
I made it up myself, and you know what? IT WAS GOOD! Good enough that it passed the kid test AND the husband test. (Those of you who know my family, know how truly different these two tests really are.) It turned out to be something worth repeating, which is a good thing, because…
it all started with a trip to Costco.
After years of not having a Costco close by, I was thrilled when one finally opened up in our neck of the woods. It opened in November and, I’m not going to lie, I’ve been there a lot. Like, a whole lot. The first few trips were full of silliness. Me, stocking up on things we truly don’t need, just because I COULD. I’ve gotten much better since the new year started and I’m able to go in with a short list and walk out with only the 20 rolls of paper towels and coffee that I went in for. It’s taken discipline, but I’m there. I no longer need a 12 step program to tackle my Costco addiction.
However, as any of you who have ever shopped at a warehouse store know, you can rarely buy just one of anything. Every item is either sized for giants or comes in a pack of four (at least).
Enter the gnocchi.
I’ve always enjoyed gnocchi when I’ve gone out to eat, but I’ve never cooked them myself. But, when I went to Costco a few weeks ago, I came across a 4-pack of DeCecco gnocchi and it was really reasonable. I can’t remember the exact price, but it was remarkably cheap, and there were a couple of people oohing and aahing over it as I walked up. Never wanting to be left out, I bought some.
The gnocchi had been sitting in my pantry for a couple of weeks and I hadn’t touched it. It’s not that I didn’t want to, it’s just I hadn’t figured out what to do with it yet. I had four packs of it, so I wanted to make sure that whatever I served with it, my kids would eat. If I turned them off the first time they tried gnocchi, getting them to try it three more times to get through my Costco pack would be tough!
I decided to take a chance and bake the gnocchi along with some zucchini and tomatoes. My grandma used to make zucchini and tomatoes like this for me when I was little and I couldn’t get enough of them. She’d make a bowl of them every time we visited for dinner…just for me. Sadly, my grandma passed away before I was old enough to realize that all those years, I should have been following her around the kitchen and writing down everything she did. I’ve tried to replicate her zucchini over the years and what I’ve come up with is pretty darn close. Thankfully, my family enjoys it as much as I did when I was little, so I thought that adding some gnocchi and fresh mozzarella couldn’t be a bad thing.
For the rest of the post and the recipe for Baked Gnocchi with Zucchini and Tomatoes, please continue to Chew Nibble Nosh.
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