Pan-fried Gnocchi with White Beans & Kale


The weather has been fairly sporadic of late. Rainy days are followed by brief hints of glorious sun and cold evenings where the only comfort can be found under a warm doona.

This kind of weather seems to have an inescapable impact on me. Each year, like clockwork, as the days become shorter, the light more filtered and the climate cooler, I find myself sneaking back into a fog of poor sleep and grumpiness.


 I’m sure there is a medical explanation for all of this but I tend to think of it as being symptomatic of winter. I don’t enjoy being cold. I often hear people talk about how lovely it is at this time of the year, how they love to curl up in front of a fire with a good book and a pot of warm tea. It just doesn’t do it for me, I’m not going to lie.

Everything takes longer in winter and my toes are almost always frozen. I hate how long it takes for the washing to dry, how cold the water is when you wash your hands and how one can go days without seeing sunlight.

Boo to winter! I am done with you now.

I have been playing around with this dish for a while now; variations are easy depending on what you have on hand. This is very much a ‘clean out the cupboard and grab some stuff from the garden’ type meal. The most important point being that it is all done in a single pan.

There is no need to boil water and cook the gnocchi separately (though you can certainly do so if you prefer), you can simply pan fry until golden and then cook it off in the sauce.

I use store-bought gnocchi from a local vendor (Vella Pasta – not sponsored!) but if you’re feeling particularly productive then you can always make your own (Kyrstie over at A Fresh Legacy has an excellent how-to over on her blog).

I just love how nourishing this dish is, loaded with vegetables and just a little bit creamy from the cheese; it will certainly warm you up – maybe even your toes.

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Pan-fried Gnocchi with Kale & White beans
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Gnocchi is pan-fried in this simple, one-pan vegetarian meal.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
  • 300g pre-made gnocchi
  • 1 tbspn rice bran oil
  • 3-4 brown mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • ½ tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • ½ tin of diced tomatoes
  • ½ tin of white beans
  • 1 cup of kale, cut into small ribbons – woody stems removed
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cup grated tasty cheese
  • A couple of sprigs of fresh parsley, roughly chopped.
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil and pan-fry the gnocchi until golden brown and just starting to soften.
  2. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pan with a pinch of salt.
  4. Cook for a few minutes until moisture released and they’ve started to soften.
  5. Add the garlic, thyme and chilli.
  6. Cook for a couple of minutes until fragrant and then add the carrot.
  7. Cook until the carrot is soft (a couple of minutes) and then add the tomato, white beans, stock and gnocchi.
  8. Stir well to combine and then pop the lid on for a couple of minutes and bring to a boil.
  9. Add the kale and stir through.
  10. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of everything and put the lid back on for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted.
  11. Turn off the heat, garnish with fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Serve with lashings of fresh parmesan.
  • Claire @ Claire K Creations

    I am so with you Erin. Just yesterday I said to my sister that I’m over winter. I can’t get out of bed and thinking of outfits that will keep me warm it just too much (oh such a tough life we live).
    Yet another post telling me I need to make gnocchi. The universe really wants me to I think!

    • Erin B

      Hehe, first world problems right? You should definitely make gnocchi. :)

  • http://afreshlegacy.met Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy

    Thank you for the mention Erin. Your gnocchi looks fabulous. I love the addition of kale. I have only just planted it so am looking out for ways to use it.

    • Erin B

      You’re welcome, Kyrstie – I have bookmarked your gnocchi recipe and am going to give it a shot. I love having kale in the garden, I use the small leaves like lettuce and the bigger ones like spinach – it’s a great addition to the garden. :)

  • Grant Nowell

    Im a big fan of winter, lots of chicken tikka masala, minestrone soup, crumpets, risotto with mushrooms, slabs of pizza and a glass of Shiraz!!! I love my veg beds quietly resting soaking up the rain and preparing for the spring growing onslaught, I love going for a walk and getting wet hair and a cold nose and then get home and stand in front of the fire. I love lying in bed occasionally and listen to the rain on the roof and radio national on the radio. I won’t go on, I love spring and autumn too I guess they are my favorites and you can’t beat a warm….not super hot summers day….with some Vietnamese cold rolls, thai fish cakes and a cold beer to share with fiends

    • Erin B

      All very important points, Grant! And yes, definitely a good excuse to drink Shiraz this time of year. Perhaps I had my grumpy pants on this morning.and was overlooking all the good things about winter. I just really hate being cold. :)

  • The Life of Clare

    I love a clean out the pantry dinner! I’m looking forward to getting back into hearty winter foods!

    • Erin B

      Thanks Clare, enjoy!

  • Miss Piggy

    I never cook gnocchi (no idea why) but these seems like a great recipe to start with. I like the idea of pan-frying it.

    • Erin B

      Gnocchi seems like it should be heavier than it is, I reckon. I hope you’ll give it a shot, love to hear what you think of it. :)

  • Hotly Spiced

    I am so with you re winter. I hate it. I’m such a summer person. I hate the short days and the cold weather and having to use the drier and having to wear so many layers and staying inside instead of being down on the beach etc. The good thing is, it doesn’t last and we’re about to pass the halfway mark. Love the look of your gnocchi – a favourite winter dinner of mine! xx

    • Erin B

      Thanks Charlie, I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t enjoy winter. :)

  • Rachel

    Gorgeous photos!

    • Erin B

      Thanks Rachel! :)

  • lizzie – strayed from the table

    This sounds delicious, I am going to have stop by at A Fresh Legacy to learn to make my own gnocchi. I love the use of all the veggies and I plenty of kale in my garden at the moment. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Erin B

      No worries, Lizzie. Enjoy! :)

  • Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    Gorgeous recipe and pics, Erin. I’m so over Winter, too. Give me sunlight. Give me warmth. Give me Spring please!! xx

    • Erin B

      I’ll see what I can arrange! ;)

  • e / dig in hobart

    the winter blues are called ‘seasonal affective disorder (SAD)’, i beleive, hits heard here in hobart, where winter doesn’t end til november!
    i too love clean out the cupboard and grab stuff from the garden meals. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. but it was fun trying!
    i tried sauteeing fresh gnocchi once – i think i saw it on a nigella show? – but it didn’t work for me. i think i’ll stick to boiling it! but love kale at the time of year.

    • Erin B

      Thanks e, that sounds serious when you put it like that! But yes, I can understand why it would make people unhappy.

  • e / dig in hobart

    sorry, i meant it hits ‘hard’. blame lack of sunshine today.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love gnocchi, this looks so tasty!

    • Erin B

      Thanks Laura.

  • lisakr2013lisa

    Any other recipes for Kale, first year we have planted it and it is doing very well

  • Anne

    I love this receipe and my 16 year old son has cooked it the last two times we have had this. We used mini gnocchi which we found at Aldi and love it being pan fried.

    • Erin B

      That’s wonderful, Anne – I’m so pleased to hear you’ve been enjoying it. :)