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Welcome to Set the Table! My name is Rachael and I'm here to help you set your table with beautiful, healthy, delicious food your family and friends will love. More importantly, I'm here to encourage you to welcome everyone to your table. Talk. Listen. Laugh. Eat. Be kind. 

Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

I’ve partnered with  Alessi  to bring you a recipe that is made with ingredients you can keep on hand for those impromptu date nights when leftovers just won’t cut it. I mean, we all like a good leftover boxed mac and cheese (don’t lie- you love it when your kids don’t finish it all) but putting a meal on the table that is satisfying, beautiful, and fast is pretty essential to a successful date night in.

I’ve partnered with Alessi to bring you a recipe that is made with ingredients you can keep on hand for those impromptu date nights when leftovers just won’t cut it. I mean, we all like a good leftover boxed mac and cheese (don’t lie- you love it when your kids don’t finish it all) but putting a meal on the table that is satisfying, beautiful, and fast is pretty essential to a successful date night in.

I’ve been married to Brad for nearly 12 years. We fell hard and fast for one another during my senior year of college and somehow I never worried whether or not we would make it. Still, after all this time, I don’t doubt that I get to spend my life with him. He makes me laugh, holds me when I need to cry, and makes me feel like the best thing since sliced bread. It is not lost on me that marriage takes work. Every day we have to put effort into our relationship in small and big ways, but that feeling that the love you feel is 100% reciprocated is amazing. 

Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto | Set the Table #AlessiWay http://bit.ly/AlessiSpring19

I’ve gotten into the habit of finding meals that feel fancy but use ingredients I can keep around for impromptu evenings when we have the time and energy to stay up after the kids go to bed for a little romantic dinner and an episode (or 2) of Game of Thrones. Yep, we are super exciting. We may not always have the room in our budget or our schedule to go out for a nice meal, but honestly, I love making delicious food at home just as much as going to a restaurant. Plus, if we stay in, we can afford a nice bottle of wine to go along with our meal, which makes date night feel extra special.  

Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto | Set the Table
Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto | Set the Table

This gnocchi with red pepper and sun dried tomato pesto is my new favorite for date night in. It is full of flavor, made with quality Italian ingredients that are easy to keep on hand in the pantry, and helloooooo is it pretty or what? I love to order the ingredients for this dish online and can typically snag enough to keep on hand for 3 date nights totaling just under $50. That’s about $16/date night! Plus, orders over $20 ship free so now you have no excuses. Not into ordering? Alessi products are found at most grocery stores. Cheers to that! 

Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto | Set the Table #AlessiWay http://bit.ly/AlessiSpring19
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Date Night Gnocchi with Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Makes 2 Servings

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until they float to the surface. Drain well and set aside. 

  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the red pepper, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, salt and pepper, and honey. Pulse until roughly blended, not completely smooth. The slight crunch from the pine nuts is essential! Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. 

  3. In a small pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and fry until the edges of the egg are crispy and the whites are cooked through. Set aside. 

  4. In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the gnocchi in a single layer, being careful not to crowd the pan, and sauté until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and divide between two bowls. Top with a generous spoonful of the pesto, followed by the fried egg, a couple grinds of pepper and a drizzle of the balsamic reduction. Enjoy! 

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