Yes, you read that recipe title correctly! This gnocchi dish has both Swiss chard and apple in it, and you are going to LOVE it. Most people go for one of three classic options when saucing their gnocchi: pesto, brown butter sage, or tomato. I, of course, had to switch it up, with a herby, cheesy sauce thanks to the addition of Boursin cheese. If you’ve never had Boursin, it’s like a combination of cream cheese and goat cheese, and it makes it so that the sauce is not only packed with flavor from just one ingredient, but also comes together super quickly. The sauce is rich and creamy, so the apples add sweetness and texture, while the Swiss chard adds savory, slightly bitter notes. All of those elements together with soft, pillowy gnocchi make for a perfectly balanced dish. You can use store bought or homemade gnocchi here – I won’t judge you either way! – because this dish is equally delicious no matter what. I would be happy eating this for any meal, any day of the week, but it is ideal for a weeknight since everything comes together in 20 minutes flat!
Gnocchi are technically dumplings, even though we tend to treat them like pasta! They are most often made from potatoes, but can be made with other ingredients, too, like ricotta!
2. Apples for Dinner?!
It may sound weird at first, but the sweetness and bite of the apples are the perfect compliment to the rich, garlicky cheese sauce and bitter Swiss chard. Plus, apples are in season and at their peak!
3. Boursin Cheese
Boursin cheese is a type of soft, spreadable cheese that was invented in France in the late 1950s. The very first flavored version created was the garlic and herb version, and it’s the one I call for here. It’s tangy, creamy, and perfect to create a quick sauce that is packed with flavor!