Sunday, November 23, 2008

Spinach & Gnocchi Bake

Source: Vegetarian Times
Makes 6-8 servings

32 oz. gnocchi (2 packages)
15 oz. ricotta
2 cups shredded Italian cheese
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano plus extra to top
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
5 oz. baby spinach
2 ½ cups pasta sauce

1. Preheat oven to 400. Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, combine ricotta, ½ cup cheese, basil, oregano, & red pepper flakes in large bowl. Sprinkle spinach on top. Spoon cooked gnocchi over spinach; cover & let stand 5 minutes or until spinach has wilted. Stir to combine spinach, gnocchi, & ricotta mixture.
3. Spread ½ cup sauce on bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish. Spoon half of gnocchi mixture in dish; top with 1 cup sauce and ¾ cup shredded cheese. Layer remaining gnocchi, 1 cup sauce, and ¾ cup cheese. Sprinkle with oregano and bake 20 minutes.

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