It was one of those nights. I got home from work late. I hadn’t been to the butcher so we didn’t have any meat. What would we have for dinner? The natives were getting restless. I found myself standing in front of the pantry staring blankly into the abyss. Nothing in there inspired me. Maybe there was something in the fridge. I found a package of pre-made gnocchi. Hmmm…that had possibilities. I found some leftover heavy cream. OK. I can see this coming together. Ohh! A hunk of parmesan cheese. I think I’ve got something here. Gnocchi with Parmesan Cream Sauce! Oh, and some broccoli too! Gnocchi and Broccoli in a Parmesan Cream Sauce. Ding. Ding. We have a winner!
I love Big Red — my slow cooker. She’s a hard worker in my kitchen. I love finding recipes where I can assemble the parts the night before and then throw everything in to Big Red before I leave for work the next morning. This really helps get dinner on the table fast on busy weeknights.
It’s no wonder that “the pile” has a lot of slow cooker recipes. I’ve slowly been working my way through them. Check out my previous slow cooker posts such as Chicken Parm, Beer Braised Short Ribs, Salisbury Steak and Italian Pot Roast. There are some great dinner ideas in there!