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Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage - #JvilleKitchens #AllstarsJville 
Oct. 15, 2013 2:23 am 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013 6:13 pm
Sometimes dinner just makes you happy.  Those times for me are when we know what we're having, we have all the ingredients, it's easy to throw together, and it turns out yummy enough that everyone in my family is happy.  Tonight turned out to be one of those nights with Johnsonville's Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage.

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage from Johnsonville

Since the dish uses packaged Gnocchi, Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage (we used Mild, but Sweet and Hot are also available), and jarred pesto sauce (or you can make your own if you want) it is super easy.
Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage
2 (16 oz.) packages Gnocchi (refrigerated, frozen or vaccuum packed)
1 package Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage (Hot, Sweet, or Mild)
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lb. sugar snap peas
1 medium bell pepper (red, orange or yellow), sliced
6 oz. pesto (store-bought or fresh-made)
1/2 cup light cream (or half and half)
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
In a large pot, cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain, rinse and return them to the pot.
In a 12" skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute the snap peas and red peppers until tender, about 4 minutes. Toss into the pot with the reserved cooked gnocchi. In the same skillet, cook and crumble Italian sausage until cooked through about 8-10 minutes. Transfer sausage to the pot with the vegetables and pasta.
Over med-low heat, stir to combine the pasta, vegetables and sausage mixture. Add the pesto and light cream; toss gently to coat all the ingredients. Heat through and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Remember how I told you about the awesome Crock Pot Johnsonville sent me in my post about Slow Cooker Caramel Party Mix?  How would you like to win one for yourself?  Plus, you could win some free Johnsonville Sausage to cook in the Crock Pot! 
Here's the deal, Johnsonville is looking for Pinterest users to find CHILI recipes that look GREAT, but could be improved by a simple SWAP - Johnsonville Sausage for the ground beef or other meat used in the original recipe.  Johnsonville will choose 20 random winners from the registered entries to recieve a 6 quart Crock Pot and five free coupons for Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage.  No cooking required - only pinning!  Pin your favorite chili recipes that you think should be SWAPPED!  (No harm in trying them out if you like, though)!  The contest ends November, 22, 2013 - so get swappin'!  All the details are HERE!  Follow the Johnsonville Pinterest Board - HERE!
Stay tuned for more great Johnsonville recipes through October.
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Oct. 15, 2013 5:58 am
Johnsonville certainly doesn't dissapoint. I couldn't find a place to comment on your regular blog.
Oct. 23, 2013 6:13 pm
Sorry you couldn't comment on my regular blog, but thanks a lot for letting me know! You are absolutely right, Johnsonville is awesome!
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About the ONLY thing I don't like about cooking is the HEAT!! I'm not sure why, but I get very easily overheated. I usually sit while cooking, and have a fan blowing directly on me if available. I've been thinking about renaming myself - thehotchef - lol. It's a little better in winter, but I live in Albuquerque, NM - it never gets REALLY cold here, and my body just seems to want to overheat when I get busy in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons I like to divide my kitchen work into 2 or 3 parts at a time. One day I chop the veggies, the next day I roast the veggies, and the 3rd day I put together the lasagna and bake, for example.
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Bread, black bottom banana cream pie, fruit salad, beef stroganoff. I like to try something new for Thanksgiving every year.
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Mom's tea ring, macoroni/potato salad, bread, BRINING the Thanksgiving turkey.
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Best pies ever!
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My husband likes his own cooking better than mine! So much so that he is willing to make dinner for our family everyday - that's just fine with me!
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