Sunday “gravy” day is a popular family dinner night, especially for Italians. I grew up in a town with a big Italian influence. I remember hearing my friends talk about Sunday family dinner with grandmom’s or mom’s “gravy”. I am not Italian, so I call this ‘red sauce’ and we do family dinners on Tuesdays.

I did love going to my Italian friend’s houses because it was filled with laughs, awesome homemade food, family, and loudness. When I counsel Italians and we talk about pasta, I may give them some healthier alternatives, but I encourage them to enjoy their staple in their family. To keep portions in control, I encourage adding a salad before or veggies within the dish to bulk it up. Personally, I am not picky about my pasta. In my house we enjoy chick pea pasta or these Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. I also enjoy that I could eat more cauli gnocchi versus the potato ones. Here is a simple red sauce with cauliflower gnocchi, feel free to add some veggies in there!

CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI WITH MARINARA SAUCE

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 2 fresh parsley sprigs

  • 2 fresh basil sprigs

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 1/4 tsp oregano, dried

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce (I used Brandless)

  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi

  • Optional: Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil on low heat, add fresh parsley and basil and saute for 3 minutes, to bring the aroma out.
  2. Add garlic and onion. Continue to saute for 3 more minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and oregano. Cover and keep sauce on low to medium heat.
  4. Cook gnocchi NOT per package! Cook gnocchi with a little oil OR little water to prevent a sticky gnocchi.
  5. Add sauce to gnocchi, top with basil and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

Here is a little motivation for you this week:

“Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

-Farrah Gray