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Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach, and Tomatoes

Gnocchi with White Beans

When I am tight on time, this gnocchi and white beans recipe is one of my favorite quick vegan dishes.  It is fast, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…8 ingredients, including the salt and the optional vegan parmesan!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to this recipe for gnocchi with cannellini beans, spinach and tomatoes to perfectly showcase this maxim.  

Because this recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the directions closely and season with salt. I find if this dish tastes less than “Yes!”, it usually just needs salt.

Now, if you want to make it more complicated, that’s entirely up to you! You can make your own gnocchi , but you can also use gluten free gnocchi or store bought gnocchi.  Just double-check the label, because not all gnocchi are vegan. 

Thanks for stopping by, and please enjoy this simple gnocchi with cannellini beans, spinach and tomatoes dish 💚

Check out more UVK vegan gnocchi dinner recipes, like Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon. Or explore cannellini bean recipes, like Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo or Cannellini Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette.

Vegan Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes
A quick, simple recipe for vegan gnocchi with spinach, tomatoes and white beans

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

14 ounce can of diced tomatoes with Italian herbs OR 14 ounce can of tomato sauce with Italian herbs (I used Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes with Basil)

16 ounce package of gnocchi (see note above)

15 ounce can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

4-5 cups of fresh spinach


Vegan parmesan, to top – optional

1. Fill a large pot with water, and bring to a boil.  While you’re waiting for the water to boil, work on the gnocchi sauce with cannellini beans and tomatoes.  

2. In a large skillet, add olive oil and garlic over low heat.  The oil should sizzle around the edges of the garlic, but the garlic should not brown or burn (see photo above).  For ~2 minutes, stir it around from time to time, and again, keep it from browning or burning. This process will infuse the oil with the garlic’s flavor.

3. Next, stir in the diced tomatoes (or tomato sauce) and the cannellini beans. Cover with a lid, and heat over medium-low for 5 minutes.

Gnocchi White Bean

4. When the water is at a rapid boil, boil the gnocchi.  When the gnocchi floats to the top, it’s done.  It usually takes between 2-4 minutes.  Drain the gnocchi.

Gnocchi Spinach Tomatoes

5. Stir the gnocchi and spinach into the cannellini beans and tomatoes.  Taste, and adjust seasonings. It will likely need salt. Top with vegan parmesan, if using. Serve.

Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes
Quick, easy vegan gnocchi with white beans, spinach and tomatoes
Gnocchi and Cannellini Beans
One easy vegan Italian dinner..gnocchi with cannellini beans and greens!

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