Have you ever tried any of those meal delivery kits? I tend to get stuck in a rut of making the same old things again and again, despite an entire cupboard full of cookbooks in my kitchen. The meal delivery kits are pretty great at helping you bust out of a rut and try new ingredients. I tried a couple delivery services out in the last year and let’s just say that some were way better than others. Out of all of the services I tried, Plated was my favorite and the recipe that inspired this one is probably why! While their version is vegetarian, mine is not! (note: I am not being paid by Plated to post this, I just liked their service.)
I have a really hard time following directions, I always have my own ideas and like to add my own twist to a recipe. But when I got the ingredients for this dish in my Plated box, I followed them perfectly and it was good enough to try making again, this time allowing myself to get creative. The original was good, but my version featuring Sartori Sarvecchio Parmesan cheese is even better!
Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Bacon in Parmesan Broth.
1 clove garlic
1 small yellow onion
1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard
1 pinch crushed red pepper
1/2 tablespoon butter
6 slices of bacon
16 ounces vegetable broth
1 pound gnocchi (I like the frozen kind over the dried)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Sartori Sarvecchio Parmesan cheese
- Get a large pot of water boiling for the gnocchi. Chop onion into small pieces. Cut the leaves of the Swiss chard from the stems, cut stems into small slices. Keeping the leaves separate, cut leaves into small ribbons. You’ll want about 1/2 cup of stems and 1 packed cup of leaves. Mince garlic.
Fry bacon until crisp in a high sided pan. When bacon is done cooking, drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to pan and heat on medium high. Add red pepper, garlic, onion and Swiss chard stems. Saute until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
Add broth to pan, increase heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and allow to simmer until broth is reduced by 1/3. This takes about 5 minutes.
While broth is simmering, cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain but don’t rinse.
Add Swiss chard leaves to broth and stir in, cook until wilted. Add cream and shredded Parmesan. Add gnocchi and crumbled bacon, stir until everything is combined.
Serve in a bowl and add salt and pepper if you’d like.