Instant Pot Tuscan Gnocchi–-pillowy bites of gnocchi with a cream cheese sauce, tomatoes, spinach and a bread crumb topping.
Instant Pot Tuscan Gnocchi
Gnocchi is one of those pure comfort foods. With each dumpling-like, pillowy bite you’ll be in heaven. My kids both took this down. Down to china town. It was gone in like 2.2 seconds.
This recipe starts with browning some panko bread crumbs and garlic in butter. This topping is used later on to add a bit of crunch to the texture of the dish. After that the gnocchi is added to the pot along with broth, spinach, tomatoes and cream cheese and it’s pressure cooked for a zero minute pressure cooking time (more on this below). Stir in the some parmesan cheese and you’re set to eat! Such an easy (fancy-ish) meal that you’ll love.
Where’s the meat? This recipe doesn’t have meat in it. However I think it would taste great with some rotisserie chicken thrown into the pot. You could also slice up some smoked chicken sausage and add that in. Serve the pasta with some steamed broccoli or a green salad.
What is a zero minute pressure cooking time?
Many people don’t realize that when you set your Instant Pot to pressure cook you can actually use the – button and adjust the cooking time all the way down to zero minutes. But why would you want to do this and what does it mean?
When you set your pressure cooker for zero minutes the Instant Pot will get up to pressure, then immediately switch off (it will switch to the keep warm function). Just because it says zero minutes on your display doesn’t mean the food is not going to get cooked. The food starts cooking while the pot is building pressure (and while it releases pressure). Certain types of foods will be fully cooked just as the pot reaches pressure. Of course this only works for foods that don’t need a lot of time to cook in the first place. For example tender vegetables or gnocchi.
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Pillowy bites of gnocchi with a cream cheese sauce, tomatoes, spinach and a bread crumb topping.
- 3 Tbsp butter, divided
- 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 (16 oz) package gnocchi
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/8 tsp red pepper
- 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 cups coarsely chopped spinach
- 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes (or 1 can petite diced tomatoes)
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Turn Instant Pot to sauté (normal setting). When display says HOT add in the butter and let melt. Add in the breadcrumbs and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour into a small bowl.
- Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter in the Instant Pot. Add in the gnocchi, Italian seasoning, red pepper and toss to coat. Turn off Instant Pot.
- Add in the broth and scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot so that nothing is sticking. Dump in the spinach, tomatoes and cream cheese.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to zero minutes. When time is up move the valve to venting and remove the lid.
- Stir well so that gnocchi is coated in cream cheese. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Scoop onto plates and sprinkle each serving with the breadcrumb topping.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.Make in the 3 quart or 8 quart pot with no changes.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
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