As I mentioned, last night was "grown up dinner" - I made myself gnocchi with mushrooms and sage after Bug had gone to bed. Then...I broke one of my cardinal rules...and ate it in front of the TV while watching "Absolutely Fabulous".
Adapted from Jamie Oliver's Cook with Jamie
1 package frozen gnocchi (16 oz)
pinch of red pepper flakes
6 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced or torn
1 1/2 c. vegetable stock or water
24 sage leaves
a small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Parmesan cheese, for grating
Heat a large frying pan over med-high heat then add about 4 tbsp. of olive oil. Add the whole sage leaves and fry until crisp. Drain on paper towels. In the same pan over med-high, add another 2-4 tbsp. of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and toss for 2-3 minutes, then add the pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, and butter. When the garlic is slightly golden, add stock or water and continue to cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the frozen gnocchi to the mushroom mixture with the chopped parsley and mix well. Be gentle and keep on heat only until thawed; otherwise, it'll just turned into mashed potatoes. Serve with the crispy sage, some grated Parmesan for garnish, and any leftover parsley. Serves 2-3.