It seems that I get myself in a cooking rut pretty often. Every week when I menu plan and make a grocery list, the same old favorites show up on the list. Even with having this creative outlet, my food blog, I don’t always make the time to experiment and cook with new ingredients for our everyday dinners.
One of the things I’ve been meaning to try forever is gnoccchi. I wanted to start with the store bought version, before committing to making a big batch of homemade gnocchi, just to get a feel for it.
I bought these gnocchi at Target beside the pasta. They cooked in just a couple of minutes, and I was able to transfer them to my sauce. For the sauce, I started out by browning some Johnsonville ground sausage. I love substituting ground sausage for ground beef in spaghetti sauces. I’ve had a lot of women tell me that ground sausage, or a mixture of ground sausage and ground beef or lamb was in fact their secret ingredient to the perfect “Italian Gravy.”