When I was growing up my mother would make spaghetti about once a week. It was always a production, and not in a good way. Dad would never eat it, he didn't like noodles (why I'm not sure), and my younger brother (who always seemed to get his way) never wanted mushrooms in the sauce and I disliked onions. Needless to say, when mom made sauce it contained no mushrooms and I would be left to pick out the onions while dad fired up a steak on the grill. It's amazing what I remember of my childhood. There are many memories of meal times in our house. The cereal for dinner and making my brother laugh until he spewed cheerios all across the dinner table. Dropping the hot pizza, right out of the oven, onto the floor, cheesy side down. Whenever I think about them, they bring a smile to my face despite that my dad is no longer with us.
This leads me to tonight's dinner, Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage. Like I said, the only pasta we ever ate growing up was spaghetti but despite my sheltered Italian food background, I've made up for it since! I actually have my friend Angie to thank for introducing me to the world that is gnocchi. I'd never tried it before and she let me sneak a fork full off of her plate and it was just so darn good! We always have gnocchi in the house now, ready to drop at a moments notice.
Tonight, thanks to our awesome sponsor, Johnsonville we made a delicious dinner that took very little time to throw together, which is always a bonus in our house! I browned Johnsonville's Sweet Italian Sausage, boiled a package of mini gnocchi and sauteed up some miscellaneous veggies I had in the fridge. The recipe called for red peppers and snap peas but I used spinach, mushrooms and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes. Tossed them with some store bought pesto and light cream, and combined everything for a really pretty (I love the colors once plated) dinner.
The only complaint I got from my teenage son was that there wasn't any left! Thanks Johnsonville for the opportunity to try something new, your Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage was a hit!