Gnocchi and Meatball Bake

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup each
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 19 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 350°F
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Gnocchi and Meatball Bake
Ingredients
 
Nonstick cooking spray
1
16 ounce package shelf-stable potato gnocchi
1 1/2
cups light or no-sugar-added tomato-base pasta sauce
12
ounces extra-lean ground beef
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
1
small egg, lightly beaten, or 2 tablespoons refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
2
tablespoons fine dry whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2
teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
2
teaspoons olive oil
8
ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1
medium green sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into bite-size strips
1/2
cup thinly sliced onion
2
teaspoons olive oil
1/2
cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in pasta sauce; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine ground beef, the chopped onion, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and fennel seeds. Shape meat mixture into 24 balls.
  3. In a large skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, sweet pepper, and the sliced onion; cook about 7 minutes or until tender. Add vegetables to bowl with gnocchi.
  4. In the same large skillet heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs, half at a time, about 6 minutes or until cooked through (160 degrees F), turning occasionally. Transfer meatballs to bowl with gnocchi and vegetables. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Pour gnocchi mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
From the Test Kitchen
To Make Ahead:

Prepare as directed through Step 4. Pour gnocchi mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. Chill for 4 to 24 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes; stir. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes more or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (Gnocchi and Meatball Bake)
    Per serving:
  • 234 kcal cal.,
  • 6 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 54 mg chol.,
  • 485 mg sodium,
  • 28 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 5 g sugar,
  • 16 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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