Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi

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Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi – A family pleaser and comforting for a chilly winter night. It’s simple to put together with store-bought helpers like sliced mushrooms and packaged gnocchi, but tastes like date night out.

I create a lot of weeknight dinner recipes on my site, Tara Teaspoon, that use grocery store shortcuts, taste amazing, and are great options for the whole family. This is one of those creamy, cheesy, everyone-is-happy meals.

Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi - A family pleaser and comforting for a chilly winter night. It's simple to put together with store-bought helpers like sliced mushrooms and packaged gnocchi, but tastes like date night out.

I use store-bought gnocchi, mushrooms (get the pre-sliced baby bellas and throw in some other wild mushrooms like beech or enoki), shredded Parmesan and ready-to-eat baby arugula to make this dish easy. Canned chicken broth and a splash of cream mix with the cheese to make an incredible and quick sauce.

 

Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi - A family pleaser and comforting for a chilly winter night. It's simple to put together with store-bought helpers like sliced mushrooms and packaged gnocchi, but tastes like date night out.

I like to mix the mushrooms because they really do have different flavors. Typically you can grab a package of baby bellas or button mushrooms in every store you go to. However, I love seeing the variety of wild mushrooms offered as well. For this recipe I wanted something fun for kids and chose some beech mushrooms, the little tiny white guys that grow in bundles. I chopped the bundled stems off and had mini mushrooms for the kids to have fun eating.

Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi - A family pleaser and comforting for a chilly winter night. It's simple to put together with store-bought helpers like sliced mushrooms and packaged gnocchi, but tastes like date night out.

Even though the pan I call for is nonstick, mushrooms stick just a tad when all the liquid cooks out. I love that though! Then I have little caramelized brown bits that the sauce can simmer with. Ultimately the pan comes out clean, but don’t worry if it starts to stick and brown just a bit. I cooked the baby bella mushrooms and shallots together first, then added my tender beech mushrooms toward the end.

Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi - A family pleaser and comforting for a chilly winter night. It's simple to put together with store-bought helpers like sliced mushrooms and packaged gnocchi, but tastes like date night out.

Store bought gnocchi just needs to be simmered a bit to cook it through, then I like to add it to the pan and crisp one side up. It makes it taste yummy and caramelized but also look pretty in the dish. A little golden brown mixed with the dark mushrooms and bright green arugula. We all know beautiful food is much tastier (wink). Enjoy!

Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi

Buttery sautèed mushrooms and fluffy gnocchi is simple to put together for a weeknight dinner. In a rush I buy the pre sliced mushrooms and save a step. If you find a variety of wild mushrooms like beech or enoki, play around and add them in!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

16 oz store-bought gnocchi

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

8 oz baby bella or button mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

1 large shallot, sliced

2 oz beech or enoki mushrooms, stems removed (optional)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1 cup baby arugula

Red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

  1. Simmer a large pot of salted water and cook gnocchi until it floats, about 2 minutes. Remove and drain; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile heat butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add sliced mushrooms and shallots. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are soft and almost all the liquid is gone. Add the beech mushrooms (if using) and salt. Cook 3 minutes more just to heat beech mushrooms through. Transfer mixture to a bowl or plate and place skillet over heat again.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the cooked gnocchi. Move gnocchi around to cover bottom of skillet and let cook, without stirring, about 2 minutes to brown. Add chicken broth, cream and Parmesan and stir to move gnocchi from the bottom of the pan. Let mixture simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  4. Add mushrooms back to skillet and stir to combine. Serve gnocchi immediately with a sprinkling of arugula and red pepper flakes if desired. Season to taste with extra salt.

Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi - A family pleaser and comforting for a chilly winter night. It's simple to put together with store-bought helpers like sliced mushrooms and packaged gnocchi, but tastes like date night out.

 

If you liked this recipe, you may want to check out my Cauliflower Mac N Cheese and Chicken Tomato Bisque.

Thanks, Tara!

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I'm Tara from New York City, and my blog and recipe website is TaraTeaspoon.com. Cooking and eating are my passion, and chocolate chip cookies make an appearance at my house most days. I stay in shape by running around the City and climbing to my apartment—which happens to be a fifth floor walkup! I've been cooking professionally for almost twenty years. For my day job, I'm a food stylist and recipe developer, and have worked as the Food Director of Ladies' Home Journal and food editor at Martha Stewart. I love what I do, and I love connecting with you online. It's a new and fun world for me, and a wonderful community! Thanks for being a part of mine!

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  1. Melanie posted on January 23, 2016 at 11:08 am (#
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    Yum! This looks amazing! I need to give it a try.

  2. Wanda posted on May 15, 2016 at 2:09 am (#
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    Made this for dinner tonight. It was fabulous!! My husband wasn’t going to eat so I was looking for something easy to make for the kids. My little guy is lactose intolerant (parmesan is ok), which eliminates a lot of recipes. Saw this recipe right away and it looked so yummy. Wow, it did not disappoint. It was so good, my husband quickly forgot that he wasn’t hungry!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It will be a regular at my table.