When you want something quick, hearty, comforting and Italian, this’ll hit the spot and put a delicious smile on your face. 


Makes 3-4 Servings



One 16 oz. package of POTATO GNOCCHI  (…or make them yourself!  See the video tutorial link in the “Tips” section if needed.)


Three-quarters pound of GROUND PORK or GROUND ITALIAN SAUSAGE  (Can also substitute for ground beef/chicken/turkey, etc.  Just season well.)

Two cloves of GARLIC, crushed

One 28 oz. can of CRUSHED TOMATOES

Small splash of WHITE WINE VINEGAR

A couple handfuls of fresh BABY SPINACH, rinsed and roughly chopped  (optional)

One tablespoon chopped fresh PARSLEY

One tablespoon chopped fresh BASIL

SALT and PEPPER to taste



Start a pot of salted water over high heat.

In a separate large pan over medium-high heat, cook pork (or other meat) until almost done.  Drain the fat.  Now add your oil and garlic and saute for a minute.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the tomatoes, spinach, vinegar, and parsley.  Stir well and simmer for 10 minutes.  Lastly, stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper.

While the sauce is simmering, cook the gnocchi in the boiling water according to the package or homemade instructions.

Gently drain your gnocchi (you may need to remove them with a slotted spoon) and toss it in with the finished sauce before serving.



Time the cooking of your gnocchi so it finishes close to the same time as the sauce.  You don’t your gnocchi sitting in water or sitting dry for a long time waiting for the sauce to finish.

Tutorial on how to make homemade potato gnocchi: