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Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love – Baked Gnocchi with Sausage, Kale, and Pesto

Seeking comfort dishes for the Fall? This one is on my shopping list! I have never made gnocchi. I’ve been trying to introduce new foods to my family whether it be a new yogurt, a different fruit…whatever. Gnocchi it is this week! I found this recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod – check out their MEAL PLANS tab. Now that is something I need!


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  • 1 pound package of potato gnocchi
  • 10 ounces Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Regular Roll Sausage
  • 4 cups packed chopped kale
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium high heat for 8-10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain and set aside. Place skillet back on the heat and cook the kale for 5 minutes, or until tender. Pour sausage back in the skillet.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in garlic and cook until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour until mixture thickens. Add the milk and whisk until the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the pesto and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  4. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Combine the gnocchi, sausage, and kale and pour into prepared pan. Pour the sauce evenly over gnocchi. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes,
    or until cheese is melted and gnocchi is bubbling. Let sit for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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