Thank you Country Crock for sponsoring this post.
Things have been busy in our home the last few weeks. And for me, that means I’m rushing to get dinner on the table. Why is it once 5pm hits, there is always a laundry list of things to do??!!!
When time isn’t on my side around dinner time, I love making casseroles. Casseroles have such a retro vibe, but this recipe I created for Country Crock is nothing like what your Mom used to make. (Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with the casseroles your Mom makes:) )
I came up with a Bacon, Spinach and Gnocchi Casserole on a night when I was racing againist the clock. I was wanting a comforting meal with a lot of flavor. This casserole is very easy to put together and it spends only 10 minutes in the oven. Plus, it’s loaded with cheese. YUM! I’m sure your family will love this meal as much as we did. If I was the type person who planned ahead, this casserole could be prepared in advance and then baked sometime that week.
Do you love casseroles as much as I do? If you do be sure to enter the Country Crock Stars contest. Its easy [like a casserole] just “Share a photo of your favorite casserole, and share in 100 words how you demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen.” 3 finalists will win $5000 and a trip to New York City! 12 semi-finalists will win cookware! All great prizes – you can enter your best casserole recipe by clicking here.
- 1 tbsp Country Crock
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 bacon strips, diced into pieces
- 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup water
- One 17.5-ounce package potato gnocchi
- 1/4 cup low sodium cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup baby spinach
- A dash of red pepper flakes
- Ground pepper & salt, to taste
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar Gruyere cheese, divided
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, melt Country Crock over a medium heat. Add onions, garlic and bacon. Cook and stir for 6 minutes. Stir in thyme; cook for 2 more minutes. Pour in chicken broth and water; bring to a simmer. Stir in gnocchi. Cover and cook until the gnocchi is slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cream of mushroom soup, spinach and red pepper flakes. Stir and taste. Add Salt & Pepper, if needed. Fold in 1/2 cup of cheese.
- Pour gnocchi into baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.