Beef Ranch Zucchini Gnocchi

Beef Ranch Zucchini Gnocchi

This recipe came to me by way of my friend, Karen Hanson, who presented it at the 2013 Kansas Farm Bureau Summit, as an original BEEF – It’s What For Dinner Recipe (Beef Ranch Zucchini Gnocchi).  I fell in love with this dish – it’s not only tasty, but has such pretty presentation! Since my family is always starving, I’ve tweaked the recipe just a bit to speed up the cooking process.

Beef Ranch Zucchini Gnocci

(Recipe originally from BEEF! - It's What's For Dinner. Recipe modified by Chef Alli)


  • 2 Rib Eye steaks rested at room temperature for 30 minutes, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1-2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 oz. shelf-stable gnocchi potato dumplings
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 small zucchini skin removed, peeled into ribbons
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs. basil pesto
  • 2-3 Tbs. feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 Tbs. toasted pine nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a nicely preheated large cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, sear steaks in a bit of olive oil on both sides; place skillet into oven and cook steaks to desired temperature – I prefer 140-145 degrees at the center for medium rare.  Remove steaks to a platter and cover with foil; keep warm.
  2. In the same skillet over medium high heat, add a bit more olive oil, then add gnocchi and onion slices; cook 4-5 minutes, tossing often until gnocchi begin to brown.  Deglaze the pan by adding the broth,  then add zucchini ribbons, red pepper flakes, and pesto; cook an additional 1-2 minutes, just until all ingredients are hot throughout and vegetables are crisp-tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed. Place prepared vegetable gnocchi onto platter along side warm steaks; garnish with feta cheese and pine nuts.  Serve at once!

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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