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Vegetarian Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

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]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 chard [2]Shelf-stable gnocchi is usually near other pasta in the Italian section of most supermarkets.
  • This recipe is from Eating Well [3], 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 [4]