Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi was the food craze of 2019, and my sheet-pan recipe for turning it into a tasty weeknight dinner was my top post of the entire year! When I saw the news that Trader Joe’s was releasing a brand new version this year — Kale Gnocchi — I couldn’t get to the frozen food aisle at my local TJ’s fast enough!  I used a similar method for cooking the Kale Gnocchi (ignoring the instructions on the bag, which give a soggy, unpleasant result) and baked them on a sheet pan until warm and crispy. Also on my sheet pan, Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs, sweet butternut squash, shallot slices, and cherry tomatoes that burst and release their flavorful juices. To finish the dish off, I drizzled the roasted kale gnocchi, meatballs and veggies with a thyme-infused brown butter and lots of fresh parmesan cheese. The result was delightfully tasty, and dare I say even a bit more addictive than its cauliflower gnocchi predecessor! Get the full recipe below:

Sheet Pan Trader Joe's Kale Gnocchi.
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  • 1 Bag of Trader Joe's Frozen Kale Gnocchi
  • ½ Bag of Trader Joe's Turkey Meatballs (6-7)
  • 1 Cup of Butternut Squash, cubed
  • 1 Cup of Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, sliced in halves
  • 1 Shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp of Butter
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, combine frozen kale gnocchi, frozen meatballs, butternut squash, tomatoes, and shallots. Drizzle ingredients with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, tossing all of the ingredients with a large spatula 1-2 times to ensure even cooking.
  4. During the last few minutes of cooking, warm butter and fresh thyme sprigs in a small pan on the stove until the butter is melted and just beginning to foam.
  5. Remove sheet pan from oven and transfer cooked ingredients to a bowl; drizzle with thyme-infused brown butter and garnish with parmesan cheese.