Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake

Anothuh oneeeee-pannnn wonderrrrrr!

Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake / Bev Cooks

Remember the movie That Thing You Do? With Tom Hanks and Liv Tyler? Like, forever and three hours ago? I LOVED that movie. “Youuuu. Doing that thing you doooo. Breaking my heart into a million pieces, like you always dooo!”

Anyway, remember at the beginning of the movie when they spelled the band The Oneders? And people kept saying “Oh-NEE-ders?” Remember that? Wasn’t that so funny? Like one-pan oneder, haha!

That was funnier in my head.

Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake / Bev Cooks  Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake / Bev Cooks

So I seriously need you to make this recipe. You remember when I made this one-pan dish and this other one-pan dish? And then this one? This is a LOT like it, but with dried gnocchi, seared spicy andouille and a slight ratatouille feel with the overlapping layers of thinly sliced zucchini and squash.

Not ONLY do you get to use two words in a row that end in ouille, you get to smother this ridiculousness in a creamy sundried tomato sauce.

We can take a moment to let that sink in.

Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake / Bev Cooks

You’ll bake it. The gnocchi will soften. The veggies become tender under a blanket of the cream sauce. The sausage is basically just being awesome in it all.

THEN, you sprinkle the dish with a bit of panko and slide it under the broiler for a kiss.

Fresh basil leaves for garnish. GAH.

Maybe some grated parm? YES.

Your entire torso? DONE.

Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake / Bev Cooks

Get in that.

Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake:

What it took for four:

* 14 oz andouille sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
* 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced (a mandolin makes this a cinch)
* 1 medium squash, thinly sliced
* 16 oz package of gnocchi (uncooked)
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 2 Tbs. flour
* 2 cups milk
* 1 cup chicken stock
* 8-10 sundried tomatoes, blitzed in a food processor for a few seconds
* 1 pinch of salt and pepper
* panko, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add the sliced sausage and sear on both sides until you get some good sear marks. Remove half of the sausage from the pan.

To the skillet, sprinkle a few of the gnocchi over the sausage. Follow with an overlapping layer of zucchini and squash. Season with a tiny pinch of salt between the layers. Add a few more sausage pieces, a few more gnocchi, and another layer of veggies. Continue layering until you have nothing left IN THIS WORLD. Err, nothing left to layer. Sorry.

In the meantime, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Once the foaming subsides, add the flour and whisk until light brown. Add the milk, broth and sundried tomatoes. Continue to whisk until the sauce becomes thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the creamy sauce over the skillet, covering all of the sausage, gnocchi and veggies. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the gnocchi is cooked through and the veggies are tender and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the panko on top. Slide it under the broiler for MAYBE five minutes. Keep an eye on it!

Serve with fresh basil leaves! GAH.

Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake / Bev Cooks

One-pan oneder! Still not funny.

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12 Responses to Creamy Gnocchi, Sausage and Veggie Skillet Bake

  1. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog April 2, 2015 at 8:21 am #
    Oh my -- totally my kind of meal!! Going on my meal plan for next week - YUM!
  2. Kendra April 2, 2015 at 8:25 am #
    Next recipe...cap'n geech' s shrimp shack shooters.
  3. Laura April 2, 2015 at 8:39 am #
    This looks great! A great one-pan one-der! And thanks for the "That Thing You Do!" reference! It's one of my favorite movies of all time, and no one will watch it with me because I know every word! :)
  4. Moriah April 2, 2015 at 9:03 am #
    Bev, if you like Tom Hanks you should watch this! It's the best 6 minutes I had all day yesterday. :)
  5. Jamie April 2, 2015 at 10:36 am #
    Oooh yum-mee. I've yet to try gnocchi but we love the rest of the ingredients. This would give me a really good reason to break out the cast iron pan we received for a wedding gift almost 5 years ago...
  6. Millie l Add A Little April 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm #
    Yes this looks amazing! I love how its packed with veggies too!
  7. Trish @ Well Worn Fork April 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm #
    OMG I LOVE that movie! I thought I was the only one!
  8. Kristen@accidentallydomesticated April 3, 2015 at 7:09 am #
    OMG! You are speaking my language with that sun dried tomato cream sauce! This looks killer, def adding to my must make list.
  9. cherry fe vallejo April 8, 2015 at 4:34 am #
    veggies !! good for the body :) hmmmmm.... Thank you :) private chef in austin texas
  10. Maureen May 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm #
    I will definitely add this to my list. I love that it's so creamy. Actually, I really love the dish itself. It's very healthy. You made a great dish!
  11. Gareth Jones June 11, 2015 at 6:12 am #
    What an awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing. However, instead of Andalusian sausage, I'd rather put chorizo and tiny bit of chili. Sorry guys, I just LOVE spicy cuisine.


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