Good Italian food doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. Which is why with a little help from the store, you can make incredible Baked Gnocchi (4 ingredients)!
This baked gnocchi is not only freaking incredible, but it has a special meaning to me. This is my little Beans meal. The meal I had before she came into the world.
The last week before my due day, dinners are our house were EASY. I’m talking 3-5 ingredient/10 minute dinner easy. I was huge and achy and tired and not up to cooking a whole lot. Especially since I was too busy chasing my busy toddler around and quite frankly done being pregnant.
On August 16th, we started off the day with the hubs working from home. This was AMAZING because I had experienced on and off contractions for a few days already. And even had a false alarm where we went to the hospital and they sent me home. Wah wah…
But anyway, the 16th was a pretty normal day. Poppy and I went to the playground in the morning. She played while I waddled around. We ate lunch as usual and then Poppy did a short hour of quiet time in her.
I blogged for a little while and did laundry. You know … the usual. By 4 PM, I started feeling a little different. Little faint cramps here and there. Nothing serious I thought, especially since I had experienced a false alarm already.
Dinner rolled around and I was craving Italian bad! Something carby, saucy and cheesy.
4-ingredient Baked Gnocchi
This is hands down one of the easiest dinner recipes in my repertoire! And even though I am taking a shortcut with the sauce and the gnocchi, this is totally one my guilty pleasures!
The whole recipe consists of cooking pre-made gnocchi (3 min), snazzying up pasta sauce with basil, and baking it all with mozzarella until gooey and melty. You can also make your own pasta sauce if you want by cooking a bit of crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, oregano, basil, and salt & pepper.
So I whipped up this dinner in about 20 minutes and devoured it with the hubs and my little Poppy. From there the cramp/contractions slowly got worse throughout the evening and by 2 am we were at the hospital. From there, the rest is history!
This meal will always have a special place in my heart as it was the dinner I had before meeting my Cora Bean. And for a birth story, I love that mine has gnocchi in it!
Recipe slightly adapted from Food52.