Roasted Heirloom Tomato Gnocchi with White Wine Sauce

Every evening I spend my drive home in rush hour thinking how tired I am and dreading the after work cooking. It’s like my brain knows how delicious it will be, but my body is telling me to rest and eat junk food. Thankfully, there are SO many easy weeknight dinners that require very little prep work, ingredients, dishes and time — a cooking win in my book!

I’ve had these delicious heirloom cherry tomatoes just waiting for a dish. These little gems are soooo good raw, roasted, sautéed or pretty much with anything in between. For this particular dish, a nice combo of cooking methods allows these sweet and juicy tomatoes to blend perfectly with the pillowy, smooth texture of the gnocchi, the buttery sauce and crispy bacon.

If you’re like me and looking to make time-saving dishes during the week, this “carblicious” meal truly hits the spot!

Ingredients

1 lb. gnocchi (store-bought or homemade)
1 pt. heirloom cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt/pepper
3 strips bacon, chopped
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon parmesan, plus more to garnish
2-3 basil leaves, thinly sliced

Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, place the tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt/pepper. Bake the tomatoes for 15 minutes or until soft.

While the tomatoes are cooking, fill pot with water and season generously with salt. When the water boils, add gnocchi and cook for 3 minutes or until they rise to the top of the water. Drain and return to bowl or pot.

In a skillet, sauté the bacon on medium heat until crispy. Remove from heat and add the shallots to the pan. Cook the shallots in the bacon grease until translucent. Return the bacon to the pan, add half of the roasted tomatoes and butter, sauté for 30-60 seconds to allow the flavors to come together. Add the wine and cook for an additional 60 seconds. Once your sauce is incorporated with the tomatoes, add the gnocchi and parmesan. Continue to sauté and allow the sauce to thicken for an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve the gnocchi in your preferred dish and top with remaining roasted tomatoes, basil and parmesan, to taste. Enjoy!

This dish has TONS of flavor and took less than 20 minutes to make. If you love all things carbs, then this easy meal is sure to be a keeper!

Elizabeth Canas