A date night meal that is sure to impress

Simple and satisfying, this gnocchi and white bean skillet from the Ontario Bean Growers makes the perfect dinner for two. Using prepared gnocchi ensures this dish is on the table in 30 minutes.

Gnocchi and White Bean Skillet

Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 15 minutes Serves: 2 dinner or 4 side portions

Ingredients:• 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil, divided• 1 500 g-pkg of gnocchi • 1/2 white onion, chopped• 2 cups (500 mL) navy beans, drained and rinsed • 1/2 large bunch kale, stems removed, chopped• Salt and pepper, to taste• 1/4 cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese

Dressing:• 1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil• Juice from half a lemon• 2 garlic cloves, crushed• 1 tbsp (15 mL) Italian seasoning• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) red pepper flakes

Directions: 1. Prepare gnocchi per package instructions.

2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add boiled gnocchi and sauté until slightly crispy; about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan, set aside.

3. In the same pan, add remaining oil, add onion and garlic, cook until onion is translucent; about 5 minutes. Add beans and one handful of kale at a time, cook until wilted. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. 

4. In a jar with a lid, combine all the dressing ingredients, replace lid and shake until combined and oil starts to emulsify. Set aside. 

5. In a large bowl add gnocchi, beans and kale, drizzle with dressing and toss gently to coat. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 1128; protein 33.9 g; total fat 47.5 g; saturated fat 5.6 g; trans fat 1.1 g; cholesterol 11 mg; carbohydrates 149.4 g; dietary fibre 19.3 g; sugar 5.5 g; sodium 1739 mg; vitamin A 1156 mg; vitamin C 109 mg; calcium 469 mg; iron 6.3 mg.

Find more recipes online at ontariobeans.on.ca.