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Dinner Tonight: Squash Gnocchi with Meat Sauce

I've made potato gnocchi and ricotta gnocchi before, but I've never branched out beyond that--nor realized I could. But it does make sense. The idea that squash could be turned into gnocchi immediately grabbed my attention when searching around Saveur.

But for some reason, my gnocchi didn't come out right. Perhaps I didn't cook them long enough, or added too much flour, but they were too dry. It's a shame because the sauce is stellar. I know it sounds so simple but the mixture of beef and pork adds an unexpected richness and dimension. I couldn't eat enough of it, and eventually just used my spoon to scoop it up (never a good idea). The next day, I piled the sauce on spaghetti for a very unauthentic bolognese.

The sauce is a keeper. And without the gnocchi, this recipe can be completed in about 30 minutes.

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a co-founder of The Paupered Chef, a blog dedicated to saving time and money while enjoying food in every way possible. He sells wine for a living and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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