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  • Writer's pictureBobby Banahan

Heart Healthy Recipe to Help Lower Cholesterol: Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

IngredientsIngredient Checklist

  1. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  2. 1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi, (see Tip)

  3. 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced

  5. ½ cup water

  6. 6 cups chopped chard leaves, (about 1 small bunch) or spinach

  7. 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings

  8. 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed

  9. ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  10. ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  11. ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

DirectionsInstructions Checklist

  1. Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  1. Step 2

Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, over medium heat, for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook until the onion is soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add chard (or spinach) and cook, stirring, until starting to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, beans and pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling, about 3 minutes.


Tip: Look for shelf-stable gnocchi near other pasta in the Italian section of most supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cup

Per Serving:

326 calories; 6.6 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 610 mg sodium. 366 mg potassium; 56.1 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 13.7 g protein; 2724 IU vitamin a iu; 28 mg vitamin c; 60 mcg folate; 191 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 36 mg magnesium;

Exchanges:3 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 1 Lean Meat, 1 Fat


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