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Gnocchi - Comfort Food Classic

December 28, 2014
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If you’re tired of the latest trendy food establishments and you’re looking for good Italian traditional cuisine, you have to try Bar Italia.  Located in Little Italy, this historic establishment has been opened for close to 50 years in Toronto, when the majority of Italians immigrated to Canada. You will feel like you’re dining in a small Italian village with a selection of classic Italian cuisine.  Insalatas, paninis, pastas, and naturally gelato and Tiramisu to finish a delicious old-style comfort meal.  The gnocchi is my favourite, made with mushrooms, prosciutto and blue cheese.  If you want a gnocchi recipe for your family in the comfort of your home try my version:

Gnocchi with Squash, Kale and Parmesan Cheese
Serves 6.

1 cup diced onion
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 ½ tsp crushed garlic
Salt and pepper
1 ½ cup diced butternut squash
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 lb gnocchi (potato pasta)
8 cups chopped kale leaves
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1.    Preheat broiler.
2.    In large skillet, sauté onion in vegetable oil for 3 minutes on medium heat. Add garlic, salt and pepper, squash and red bell pepper, sauté for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
3.    Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add gnocchi and bring back to a boil. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes, or just until the gnocchi rise to the top and are tender.  Add kale during last two minutes of cooking. Drain well and add gnocchi and kale to squash mixture.  Add parmesan cheese.
4.    Spray a 9x13 inch casserole dish with vegetable oil. Add gnocchi mixture and garnish with mozzarella cheese. Broil for two minutes or just until cheese has melted.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories 196
Carbohydrates 29g
Fibre 4.2g
Protein 9g
Total fat 5g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 540mg

Recipe: Rose Reisman
Photo Credit: Rose Reisman

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Bar Italia
582 College St.
Toronto, ON
A landmark of Little Italy since 1996, "the chic" Bar Italia (New York Times) is the place to find the very best in upscale casual dining! You are sure to love our outstanding new world and Italian wines and diverse menu of classic Italian cuisine featuring delicious pastas, antipasto and delectable secondi. Devour an award winning Dolci - tiramisu, flourless chocolate truffle cake, tangy lemon tart or smooth gelato, all made in our bake shop! There’s also a lot of excitement upstairs at Bar Italia, overlooking College Street in one of downtown Toronto's most colorful cityscapes and hosting some of the city's most exciting events! Our Private Dining Room and our Upstairs Lounge can work individually or combined for all kinds of special occasions, events and meetings, including weddings, corporate functions, birthdays, private dinners, cocktail socials, launch parties or networking events. With events held here regularly, you never know who you're going to run into next at this popular hot spot!
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