Updated: Mar 23
I have loved these 3-ingredient meals. They are super easy and encourage me to get creative and think outside the box. Plus, they force me to edit and simplify, which I am not always the best at.
Today it's Gnocchi with Mushroom, Thyme and Butter.
Gnocchi is a type of small, soft dough dumplings that are typically made from potatoes, flour, and eggs, although other ingredients like ricotta cheese, spinach, or pumpkin can be used as well. Gnocchi originated in Italy and are commonly served as a pasta alternative, often with tomato sauce, pesto, or other savory toppings. They can also be served in soups or as a side dish. Gnocchi can be found in a variety of shapes, from small pillows to long tubes, and their texture can vary from dense and chewy to light and fluffy, depending on the recipe and cooking method.
Butter, thyme, and mushrooms complement each other very well due to their unique flavors and aromas. Butter has a rich, creamy flavor that adds richness and depth to dishes. It also has a high fat content, which can help to bring out the flavor of other ingredients.
Thyme is an herb that has a slightly sweet and floral taste, along with a hint of mint and earthiness. It is often
used to add depth to savory dishes, and it pairs particularly well with mushrooms.
Mushrooms have a unique earthy and meaty flavor, which can be enhanced by cooking them with butter and thyme. The butter adds richness and creaminess to the dish, while the thyme helps to balance out the earthiness of the mushrooms.
Together, these three ingredients create a delicious and complex flavor profile that works well in a variety of dishes, such as mushroom risotto, mushroom soup, or sautéed mushrooms as a side dish. Three-ingredient meals are great for several reasons:
Simplicity: Three-ingredient meals are incredibly simple and easy to make. They require fewer ingredients and less time in the kitchen, making them perfect for busy weeknights or when you're short on time.
Cost-effective: Three-ingredient meals are often more budget-friendly than recipes that require a long list of ingredients. You can save money on groceries and reduce food waste by using up ingredients you already have on hand.
Versatility: Three-ingredient meals can be incredibly versatile. With just three ingredients, you can create a variety of different dishes by changing the preparation method or seasoning. This allows you to experiment with flavors and textures without spending a lot of time or money.
Healthier options: Many three-ingredient meals are healthy and nutritious, as they often feature whole, unprocessed ingredients like vegetables, grains, and lean protein. By keeping it simple, you can create a satisfying meal that is also good for your body.
Overall, three-ingredient meals offer a simple, budget-friendly, and versatile option for those who want to create delicious and healthy meals without spending a lot of time or money in the kitchen.
Mushroom Gnocchi with butter thyme sauce
1 lbs (16 oz) mushrooms, sliced
1lbs (16oz) pre-cooked potato gnocchi
1 1/2 tbsp thyme leaves, more for garnish
Staple Pantry Items:
1/2 cup melted salted butter, divided
Salt and pepper
Fresh grated Parmesan (optional)
Preheat oven to 375f
Put the sheet pan in the oven while it pre-heats, and you slice the mushrooms.
Carefully remove the pan from the oven, and rub butter all over it. Lay out gnocchi and mushrooms in an even layer, and drizzle with olive oil, 2 tbsp melted butter, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 11-13 minutes until cooked.
Once done, add the remaining butter to the gnocchi & mushroom mixture, and toss well. Divide amongst bowls and garnish with thyme and fresh parmesan if using.