November 18, 2018
Thanksgiving.. the time for family, friends, and most importantly: food. Coming from an Italian family, pasta has always been a staple. Every family party we have: pasta. Every birthday party we have: pasta. Thanksgiving? You can bet there will be pasta.
So when I was challenged to come up with a quick, easy, and delicious plant-based Thanksgiving recipe, I knew it had to include pasta. For this dish, however, we’re thinking outside the box. We aren’t using linguini, penne, or any of your traditional pasta shapes, we’re using the holy grail: gnocchi. Gnocchi is a personal favorite of mine as it’s made from potatoes, is pillowy soft, and makes for a super hearty dish. While this dish looks fancy, it takes little to no time at all and just about zero cooking skills to create it. Let’s dive in.
This recipe is really easy, requiring just 6 ingredients and around 20 minutes (max). While I used pre-made gnocchi and a bottle of tomato sauce here to save time, you are more than welcome to make your own from scratch (or you can totally just say you did for bragging rights, I won’t tell).
In order to satisfy all of your guests (meat-lovers +vegans), one of the star ingredients I used to help to transform the boring jarred sauce into something amazing, I added Loma Linda Chorizo. I’m currently obsessed with this Chorizo since it’s made with 100% plant-based protein, is gluten-free, non-GMO and is a great addition to pretty much anything. Itâ€™s better than the real deal; classic yet bold Chorizo taste, in a plant-based meatless crumble that is a perfect addition to any pasta dish to give it a hearty element.
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While I decided to use regular gnocchi here, I think it would also be delicious with sweet potato gnocchi! Feel free to mix it up and try out different flavor combos. No matter what, these simple ingredients pack a flavor punch and will be loved by even the pickiest of eaters.
When you bring this dish to your Thanksgiving festivities, let me know how you liked it! At my house, it’s always the first to go. Leave a comment below, give it a rating, and don’t forget to tag me @katerinaseigel on Instagram so I can see your amazing dishes. Enjoy loves!
This post is sponsored by Atlantic Natural Foods. All opinions and ideas are my own.