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Spicy Beef & Gnocchi

with Parmesan Cheese & Zucchini

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    20 min
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    2
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    Est. 790 calories Group 22 Created with Sketch.
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Plump gnocchi and ground beef get a delicious kick from Calabrian chile paste, a specialty ingredient known for its irresistibly sweet-hot flavor.

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Spicy Beef & Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese & Zucchini
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  • 10 oz Ground Beef
  • ¾ lb Gnocchi
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the zucchini. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. If necessary, peel the garlic, then roughly chop.  

Brown the zucchini:
2 Brown the zucchini:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. 

Cook the beef & make the sauce:
3 Cook the beef & make the sauce:

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain off and discard any excess oil. Add the chopped garlic, tomato paste, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the beef is cooked through. Add the browned zucchini and 3/4 cups of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thickened.  

Cook the gnocchi:
4 Cook the gnocchi:

While the beef cooks, add the gnocchi to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the gnocchi float to the top of the pot. Drain thoroughly. 

Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish:
5 Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish:

Add the cooked gnocchi and mascarpone cheese to the pan of cooked beef and zucchini. Stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the finished gnocchi garnished with the cheese. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the zucchini. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. If necessary, peel the garlic, then roughly chop.  

2 Brown the zucchini:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. 

Brown the zucchini:
Cook the beef & make the sauce:
3 Cook the beef & make the sauce:

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain off and discard any excess oil. Add the chopped garlic, tomato paste, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the beef is cooked through. Add the browned zucchini and 3/4 cups of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thickened.  

4 Cook the gnocchi:

While the beef cooks, add the gnocchi to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the gnocchi float to the top of the pot. Drain thoroughly. 

Cook the gnocchi:
Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish:
5 Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish:

Add the cooked gnocchi and mascarpone cheese to the pan of cooked beef and zucchini. Stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the finished gnocchi garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!