Vegetarian Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 24, 2012

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We all need an arsenal of weeknight skillet dinners that are hearty, quick and delicious.  Oh yeah…add healthy to that list. Based on that, and the resounding thumbs-up this received at my dinner table, I suggest you put this vegetarian recipe on your must-make list.

Chard adds welcome dark leafy greens to this dish, and white beans add protein and fiber. Tomato is good for whatever ails ya, as well as being delicious.

This is my first time using the prepared gnocchi, and although I was a bit skeptical about pan-frying them instead of boiling, it was a brilliant method! I will definitely employ that technique again.

Skillet Gnocchi

Onions, garlic and chard saute in the skillet.

Skillet Gnocchi

Tomatoes and beans go into the skillet next.

Skillet Gnocchi

Gnocchi goes in next...

...and finally both cheeses go on.

Recipe: Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

Summary: Mediterranean goodness combines in this weeknight skillet supper with chard, tomatoes, gnocchi and white beans, flavored with garlic and Italian herbs. Melted cheese tops it all off!


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi, (see note)
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced (I used 5 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 cups chopped chard leaves, (about 1 small bunch) (or spinach)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonsings (I used diced tomatoes in own juice and added 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried marjoram, a pinch of dried thyme and a shake of crushed red pepper)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed (I used cannellini, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (I used mozzarella and provolone)
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, over medium heat, for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook on low until the onion is soft, 4-6 minutes. Add chard (or spinach) and cook, stirring, until starting to wilt, 1-2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and their juice, herbs, beans and pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling, about 3 minutes.
  3. Serves 5-6.

Quick notes

  • Cut `n Clean Greens chardShelf-stable gnocchi is usually near other pasta in the Italian section of most supermarkets.
  • This recipe is from Eating Well, where it was published 3 years ago. I adapted it slightly as shown above.
  • If you’d like to save yourself even more prep time, pick up a bag of Cut `n Clean Greens chard, which is triple-washed and already sliced. It’s ready to go right out of the package.


  • Next time I might throw in a splash of red wine, too!

Preparation time: 8 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 5-6
Culinary tradition: Italian
My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)


Vegetarian Skillet Gnocchi

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Nora October 26, 2013 at 3:05 am



Dorothy Reinhold October 26, 2013 at 7:04 am

This one is so good. It might not look too elegant (my fault), but it was so tasty!


Arthur M. Perez January 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I love your recipes. Arthur


Dorothy January 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

You made my day!


sippitysup January 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

This is the sort of meal I love to make. GREG


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