Sausage with Roasted Vegetables and Gnocchi

I visit my friend Wendy’s blog daily. She shares so many wonderful tantalizing recipes! She posted a recipe for Sausage Roasted Vegetable Penne that sounded scrumptious. She adapted the recipe from Melissa d’Arabian on Food Network.  I  made a few changes to the original recipe to fit the ingredients I had on hand. The original recipe calls for Penne Pasta and I had Gnocchi so I used that instead. I only recently started buying Gnocchi after I tried a Trader’s Joe’s version of it. Gnocchi is a potato dumpling. It is made from potatoes that have been boiled  and pushed through a potato ricer. Once the potatoes are processed, flour and salt are added to make a dough.  To cook the Gnocchi simply drop into gently boiling water. When it floats to the top it is done. Real simple quick process. I am a Gnocchi fan.

Ingredients I used for this recipe. Wendy’s version can be found here.

1 sweet onion, cut into wedges

1 medium zucchini, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise

1 red bell pepper, cheeks removed and sliced into strips

1/2 pound button mushrooms, stemmed

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Roma Tomatoes – Sliced into thick strips  (I would have liked to use grape tomatoes but they were $4.99 for a small container!)

1 package Sweet Italian Sausage

1 bag Gnocchi Pasta

1/4 cup white wine

Parmesan Cheese for Garnish

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cut the onions, mushrooms and zucchini and place in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss to coat and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes so they start to  caramelize. (You want them to brown deeply.) Start getting your tomatoes ready by slicing them if you are using Roma or if you are using grape then toss them into a bowl with the remaining olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. When your 15 minutes timer is beeping at you, take out the veggies that are cooking, flip them over and add the tomatoes. Cook all veggies together for another 15 minutes.

Cook the sausage. Love that sweet sausage. Start boiling your water for the pasta/Gnocchi.

Pour yourself a glass of white wine. Proceed to drink. Turn up the heat on the sausage and deglaze with white wine. Sip your wine as you stir the meat.

Hello Gnocchi!

When the veggies are ready, set them to the side to cool for a bit. Chop them up to get ready to meet the sausage.

Add the veggies to the sausage, add your pasta and mix together. Add your freshly grated Parmesan on top and you are ready to eat!

Wendy you are so right! This dish is a winner! Thanks for sharing and friends hop on over to see Wendy at Kiss That Frog. That girl  has  got it going on in her kitchen!

It’s all good ~ Donna