Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu

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This gnocchi with mushroom ragu is a super easy dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for any night of the week.

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Remember I told you I work in IT (Information Technology)? I’ve been a systems analyst/software developer all my life, for almost 20 years. Stop guessing my age! Would you believe it if I told you that in all that time I never used a Mac computer? Kind of hard to believe. I’ve always been a Windows gal. There really is something to be said about teaching old dogs new tricks. Even so, I always knew that Mac computers are the best but I guess I was always scared to change. Hubs has always had a MacBook Pro but I never touched it.

Today all this changed. I finally gave in and bought myself a MacBook Air. Can I just say I. LOVE. IT. Seriously! I had it up and running in less than 5 minutes and here I am 10 minutes later writing this post. Oh and it’s super fast! You CAN teach old dogs new tricks, and I’m proof of that!

What can I say? Life is great! And to celebrate such a huge event I have the perfect dish. I know you probably thought I’d never stop talking about my laptop and talk about this recipe.

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This recipe is perfect for any night of the week including a celebratory dinner. This gnocchi with mushroom ragu is so simple to make, you’ll have dinner in under 30 minutes, you’ll thank me, and you’ll love it.

Before you ask, no I did not make my own gnocchi, maybe some day I will but not this day. I do however strongly recommend that you use freshly grated Parmesan cheese, I think it makes all the difference.

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Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb gnocchi
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley for garnish
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Boil the gnocchi according to package instructions.
  2. In a large skillet heat the butter together with the olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes until the mushrooms brown a bit. Add the red wine, cream and vegetable stock. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Cook for a couple minutes, the sauce will thicken and may evaporate a bit, so don't cook it too long.
  3. Pour mushroom ragu over gnocchi. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Enjoy with a nice glass of red wine.


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  1. Carolsue says

    I made this tonight and it was very good — however, no matter how long I cooked it, it wouldn’t thicken. I added some flour and then some cornstarch and got it a little thicker. Other than that, it was excellent!

  2. JoAnne says

    I have always been a Window’s user and was also leery of venturing into the MAC world. Not only have you given me a delicious recipe to try this weekend but you have also peaked my interesting in the world of MAC computers. I just replaced my lap top with a Toshiba. My husband needed to replace his and I have been steering him away from MAC.

    I have several blogs that I follow and enjoy. It is always a pleasant surprise when I learn something new as people share their thoughts and lives with their readers. Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks Joanne! I’m just loving this macbook air, it’s so light and easy to use. I wanted to get an iPad at first but I’m glad I got the laptop instead because I can just sit anywhere now and blog, work and do whatever I need to do. Love it!

  3. says

    Congrats on your new computer. I was data systems analyst too for 5 yrs, back when the world was flat. It amazing how ignorant I am now. Well enough about you and me and the little brown jug—-which is appropriate now since it celebration time. Very very fancy ragu for such a short prep time. I attended an Italian cooking class and I still don’t make my own gnocchi. I am so relieved you didn’t for this recipe. I almost didn’t read the post for feeling preguilty because I knew I wouldn’t make the gnocchi. But the picture looked good and then I was pulled in with your computer talk. I am glad I was.

    • says

      Well then Carol, we have something in common. :) I always say I was a lot smarter when I wasn’t married, my husband is also in IT and he does everything now, so I think I got a lot dumber. LOL

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