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Gnocchi with White Beans Recipe

Gnocchi with White Beans Recipe

Here’s one of those no-fuss recipes you can toss together and cook in one skillet. Ideal for a busy weeknight, it’s also good with crumbled Italian chicken sausage if you need to please meat-lovers. —Julianne Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add gnocchi; cook and stir 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in beans, tomatoes, spinach and pepper; heat through.
  • 2. Sprinkle with cheeses; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta or frozen foods section.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 307 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 6g fiber), 13g protein.

Reviews for Gnocchi with White Beans

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lidjzl0 User ID: 3723782 255499
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"Made for vegan daughtet so did not use cheese. Substituted vegetable broth for the canned tomatoes . Added some italian seasoning. It was realy good. Thanks for the recipe."

patscooking User ID: 1069729 255332
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"I will be trying this recipe soon, but I had to write a comment...if you change the recipe then you are NOT reviewing THIS recipe, it is YOUR recipe you are reviewing. And no where does it say it is soup. Cooking macaroni products is a personal preference..soft or al dente, TASTE IT!!! If you don't like mushy, don't put the gnocchi in right away. Macaroni products have a tendency to soak up all juices and sauces so it will get softer if left over. Just takes common sense. If you taste something before it's served to see if it needs any added flavors, then you add them."

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 249848
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"Very tasty and filling. I did add Italian sausage for the

Meat lovers in the family. The only other addition I made was to add fresh basil and oregano from my garden. Even my teenage son and his friend raved about it."

crouchcrew User ID: 7531123 248522
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"A little on the dry side and my husband felt like the beans made it appear gritty."

murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 246770
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2016

"We really enjoy this. Made it for the 2nd time last night. I added jalape?o chicken sausage and that gave it a nice kick. I also added a cup of stock for the gnocchi and some fresh mushrooms I needed to use up. I couldn't imagine this without the sausage; that makes it for us."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 246601
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"I really wanted to be blown away by this recipe...but in the end, was not. I read the other reviews, and agree you need to add some stock to the cooking gnocchi. I also did add a few extra spices to jazz it up. My husband's first reaction was that he thought some sliced spicy turkey sausage would go a long way in this dish. I agree. We all had a bowl, but none of us had seconds. Loved the concept, but the final dish wasn't a crowd pleaser."

res1046 User ID: 8390460 245863
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"We loved this, as written, for a quick and easy meatless meal with ingredients I always have on hand. I added a few tablespoons of water as needed to keep the mixture from sticking and used Delallo potato gnocchi, found in the grocery aisle. It's vacuum-packed and shelf stable, which makes it great to keep in the pantry for a quick meal."

Chewy81 User ID: 8812508 245802
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"I changed this up quite a bit. Added 2 cups of chicken stock and 1 cup low-fat milk to make it more of a creamy soup. Tripled the amount of onion, added diced carrots and celery, doubled the spinach and added a jar of roasted red peppers and a couple tablespoons of italian seasoning. I didn't use any mozzarella but sprinkled a little bit of parmesan on top. These modifications made it a delicious and very filling soup."

Kdorfman User ID: 7269420 245781
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

"Would not make again"

nicki1966 User ID: 8116565 244644
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Very tasty....great for an entire meal!"

lorbells User ID: 1328805 242725
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Very good but wouldn't say it has a soup consistency. I followed the directions and also added two eight ounce cans of tomato sauce as well as a little salt and oregano. This will be put in my meal rotation."

Javafox User ID: 8428257 241134
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"I made this soup tonight and it was delicious! I gave it 5 stars even though I added a box of low sodium beef broth as I thought it needed liquid to make it "soup-ready". I did add some italian seasonings but that was my own personal preference. All- in- all, I followed the recipe as written. It is now a new favorite of mine and I plan to make it for my daughter since she also appreciates a hearty, tasty bowl of soup."

magiclela User ID: 8683581 240879
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"This is a great as is or base recipe! I did slightly modify this recipe by adding a pound of ground hot Italian sausage and a jar of fire roasted red peppers (drained and sliced). I leave out the mozzarella and just top with Parmesan cheese. What a wonderful meal on a chilly night!"

CyndyA13 User ID: 8567746 239488
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"This was really good. I actually had everything that the recipe called for, a first, and I normally do not rate recipes, since I change them up. I did everything according to the instructions and then I knocked over the container of gnocchi and 1/2 of it was on the floor. Sorry, 3 second rule doesn't apply in my house. I did some quick thinking and I had a pound of fresh crimini mushroom that I sliced and put in with the 1/2 package of good gnocchi and added 1/2 cup of white wine. It was a hit in my house. I will make this again, and next time not knock the gnocchi onto the floor."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 235862
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"This is a great "basic" recipe! You can make exactly as written, or easily add what your family likes or just what you have on hand. I usually use this as a side dish and serve with Italian sausage or a spicy meatloaf."

kaylenn2172 User ID: 1286066 235381
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Super quick and easy. Delicious! Will definitely make thus again."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 234157
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"This was very easy and delicious. I added chicken sausage to it. The whole family loved it. I am always looking for new ways to cook gnocchi! Thanks for sharing"

charlenewallace User ID: 5499545 233334
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"We love this meal! It's fast, easy, beautiful to look at and different. I add one can of Rotel in place of the Italian tomatoes and 1 tsp. Italian seasoning to pep up the flavors. I also add about 1/2 to 1 cup of water to make a bit more sauce. I don't feel it's necessary to add any meat at all, as this is filling and satisfying all by itself. I use the chilled, packaged gnocchi and don't find the texture is mushy as others have mentioned. I make this often and my husband lights up when he sees it's on the menu."

tigerlilie05 User ID: 5523364 232080
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"Delicious! Simple and fresh. Great if you add zucchini or sausage."

Inessa1103 User ID: 8190760 229905
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"We loved it! Try with turjey sausage and add extra cayenne pepper, it is very easy tasty meal to prepare! My husband took leftovers to work and asked to cook more as everyone wanted to try them. We did use dry packaged type. Great inexpensive recipe!"

Chefnicole User ID: 8064359 229765
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"Found the recipe to be a bit bland. Next time I would add more diced tomatoes and Italian turkey sausage."

jtermont User ID: 1863534 224631
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"I really liked this recipes. It was very easy to make. I love gnocchi and this incorporated fresh ingredients. As a bonus my 20 month old son LOVED it. I will be making this a staple in my home."

esteryester User ID: 8312928 223788
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"I wish I could have given this recipe a "0" rating - what a waste of ingredients and time, I hate "mushy" food!

Cooking times were ALL WRONG not enough time given to get rid of that nasty raw taste of canned tomatoes gnocchi went mushy, beans - more mush , I should have knwn better - my bad."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1368448 223707
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"Have made this many times for my family and once for company. Delicious! An easy weeknight meal that even my husband has prepared - it's that simple! We have found that you need to use dry packaged gnocchi to make this. We tried it once with frozen gnocchi and it was a mushy mess. You'll be much happier with the firmer texture of the browned gnocchi if you buy the kind located with the pasta. We like Wegman's Whole Wheat Gnocchi."

Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 223119
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"We did not like this. The reviews looked amazing. But it was too mushy for us."

Peapod0114 User ID: 7145890 223066
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"I liked it because it was an easy recipe to follow and fast enough for a weeknight meal. However it is a little on the mushy side especially when left over. I would add something that would give it some crunch!"

SewCrazy2 User ID: 6904268 222703
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"This is a simple weekday meal. DH said it is worth three stars - it's only potatoes he said. The DD tends towards vegetarianism, so she is OK with this. I like the texture of the cooked gnocchi. The only gnocchi available was the frozen kind, and I think it takes it a little longer to cook; but not so much longer that it is a problem.

Thanks for the recipe. I will continue to keep this on my rotation."

MapleB User ID: 7525346 222293
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"This dish is really tasty and very filling. It's not necessary to add the mozzerella but lots of parmesan is a must!"

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 219935
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"Surprisingly good if a little bland, but kinda gross leftover. Everything gets super mushy. I also didn't appreciate the occasional crunchy seed from a tomato. BTW, make sure to use a big pan. That little one in the picture is way not big enough to contain the spinach before it cooks down. Make sure to rip up the spinach into smallish pieces too."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 217773
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"My gnocchi came out too mushy. Maybe it was because I added in the cooked sausage when I added the gnocchi, but the overall affect wasn't good."

mammaw61 User ID: 6902344 174496
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"while flavor was good, my family felt that the textures were all the same, mainly mushy with the beans and gnocchi. it was decided that this was not a remake recipe."

mbaulch User ID: 7600486 211893
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"Made gnocchi from scratch."

sugarboz User ID: 3316695 188904
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"I made this dinner last night and it was delicious! This is my first experience with gnocchi. I had 8 oz white mushrooms that needed to be used so I added them and a second can of diced tomatoes. Both were great additions. I highly recommend this recipe!"

frenchtarttoo User ID: 7672079 130306
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"Delicious!!!....this dish can handle more garlic...nothing better than beans, greens and lots of garlic...will try adding the white wine but great without it. Both times making this, I doubled the recipe, and it worked out fine...just needed a deep pot. Food should be delicious!!!"

KatandSing User ID: 5956648 130304
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"This was great. I added Italian sausage and some extra basil /oregano. I will definitely be making this again."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 120534
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"I added venison sausage to this, fresh basil, and used fresh mozzarella. So, perhaps I can't review the recipe accurately, but what I ended up with was great! I will likely make this again."

mlagrand User ID: 7779403 130303
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Very easy to make, and tastes good, a little bland. Might try adding white wine as others have suggested, and more garlic.. I did have to add chicken broth for the gnocchi to cook as it didn't cook in the 5-6 min. Added about 1/4 chicken broth with the tomatoes, beans and pepper. Let that cook for about 4 minutes and then added spinach. Yummy!"

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 174495
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"This was great, but I agree with another reviewer that it could use a little extra white wine or chicken broth. Other than that wonderful flavor."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 192259
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"The only change I made was to add a little white wine to the sauce. We thought the flavors really came out the next day. Overall good recipe. We will make it again."

Leighmh User ID: 7089420 174852
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"So good! I made it for work, and now I'm getting asked "when are you going to make that again?""

wilsot4 User ID: 7727570 122635
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I really like this recipe just the way it is! I'll be making it again and again!"

Clauzy User ID: 5783371 188902
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Awesome..... I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes because I found it a bit dry.. the gnochi absorbs alot of the juice from tomatoes."

Pinky2014 User ID: 7664779 179155
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Easy. A nice alternative to meat we had it as our main meal. I was pleasantly surprised too that it was not high in calories and fat, considering it tasted so good."

allisonrichardson User ID: 1077716 120533
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"This dish was sooo good! Much better than my husband or I expected, and quick and easy we'll definitely make it again."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 112388
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"This was very good and got a thumbs up from my meat-loving husband, too! I had plenty of late summer tomatoes from my garden so I replaced the can of Italian diced tomatoes with two fresh tomatoes, chopped and added about a teaspoon of Italian seasoning. I will definitely be making this again!"

JanaTheTeacher User ID: 5321418 192482
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"It was super easy to make and really healthy! Love it!"

Pauljjamie User ID: 2222334 192257
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"Made this for a light dinner with garlic bread. Yummy!"

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 120532
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"We loved this. I did not have the italian diced tomatoes so just added a tsp of italian seasoning and it was awesome. A really good meatless meal. Look forward to adding chicken sausage in the future"

llheath User ID: 6590379 174851
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013 Edited Jan. 8, 2014

"We always found gnocchi rather bland until we tried it this way. It is delicious and filling. A great family favorite I have made again & again!"

raziya522 User ID: 6773569 188900
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013


susiejazz User ID: 6884240 179087
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"even the kids liked it :)"

twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 106692
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"I've made this several times and loved it. The last time I added sliced polish sausage at my husband's suggestion and it was even better."

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 174494
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"It is good on its own, but the beans added an odd texture. I made it a second time with no beans and a lot more spinach (thawed frozen chopped kind) and it was better, in my opinion."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 211892
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013 Edited Sep. 14, 2014

"This was very good, different than always making with pasta sauce. Made as-is."

mln2603 User ID: 4174346 112387
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"Made it for dinner last night exactly as the recipe is and thought it was very tasty. I even brought left overs in my lunch today and it is still just as good."

Norene Faucett User ID: 1197508 120528
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"This was very tasty. For a variation, we used Trader Joe's Gnocchi with Gorgonzola & then omitted the Mozzarella Cheese. Couldn't find cannellini beans - so was fine with the kidney beans. Can also add cooked chicken, or beef to this to make it a meat dish."

hehodde User ID: 6864795 192255
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"This was so delicious my husband and I devoured the whole thing! He doesn't even like gnocchi, which I pointed out to him. He asked if we could have it again next week! I didn't have white beans so I used Pintos and I used frozen spinach because I didn't have fresh. DELICIOUS!!!"

DOROS User ID: 6132776 147708
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013


Medinamom5 User ID: 3435898 120526
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"I am not familiar with using frozen gnocchi. Do you thaw and cook it before adding to this recipe? It sounds delicious and since my teen-age daughters just announced they were vegetarians (LOL) it looks like a hearty main dish for them and side to ham slices for the rest of us!"

Love Those Recipes User ID: 7062804 192480
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"This is an excellent recipe, FAST and very tasty! My husband doesn't like spinach so instead I substituted frozen chopped broccoli. Also, I had some frozen pearl onions left over from Christmas dinner and I substiuted the pearl onions for the chopped onion. It's a wonderful recipe and I am grateful for it. Thanks!"

Meggums User ID: 4444556 122633
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I normally do not like gnocchi so I was skeptical to say the least. This recipe changed my mind however! This is absolutely delicious. I added white wine with the Italian diced tomatoes, doubled the garlic, and added additional garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and oregano. We will be making this often! Inexpensive, healthy, quick, tasty, and hearty. Definitely a win!"

piresK User ID: 6966177 190944
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Great recipe!! Used Electric Skillet!!! Easy prep, cook and clean up !"

stifknees User ID: 5324504 211891
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"Although described as a cold night winter's dish, my family would be highly disappointed if I only put it on my winter menu. This is a family favorite for us and a little goes a long way because it is surprisingly filling too. I have made it for family get togethers, and have had high compliments."

soccer_mom User ID: 763741 192479
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"This quickly became our family favorite for Meatless Monday. Super easy to make in no time at all makes it minutes from stove to table. The flavor is amazing!"

cindyost User ID: 2125334 122632
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"Excellent for vegetarian meal."

DEADMOON7 User ID: 6363012 110321
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"The flavor was so wonderful that if you added parmesean cheese, it would actually take away from the flavor of the meal itself."

JessyM User ID: 5877990 190057
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Excellent recipe, very easy and great for a warm, quick after work meal. I wasn't sure if my husband would like it, but I think he would eat it every other day if I would make it that often! I follow the recipe exactly other than omitting the onion (which we don't care for). Thank you for sharing."

Delores14 User ID: 1286731 179083
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"There are many things I liked about this recipe, it was easy to make, it was yummy, it was healthy, and my whole family enjoyed it. My six year could pick around the things he didn't like (spinach). The only change I made was less onion because I thought an entire onion would be overpowering. This is a great weeknight dinner!"

jane serafin User ID: 2566314 192238
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Excellent as a side dish, also works well with some cooked chicken as a meal.

This is an easy dish to make. Thanks."

swishtrish34 User ID: 1797597 192474
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Definitely won't be making again. Not enough flavor...needed more of a tomato base. After tasting the dish in its original form, I ended up adding a small can of tomato sauce. Better, but still not that great. I also don't see how beans fit in this dish. The texture of the gnocchi and the beans is the same...too mushy."

Beckster19 User ID: 2864803 120525
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"This is actually a delicious meal, but I know this because I first encountered the recipe in the "500 Calorie Dinners" cookbook by Eating Well, at least two years ago. There it's titled "Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans" and it tastes even better with Swiss chard. Swiss cheese tastes wonderful too if you don't have mozzarella handy. I'm disappointed that no one double-checked to make sure the recipe was original or personal before publishing it here."

Sparkles978 User ID: 3931444 211890
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"This is a wonderful, tasty meal. I made it according to the recipe, except added some Italian seasonings when cooking the gnocchi. This is great served with garlic bread and salad. Thanks for the recipe !"

chefdesucre User ID: 6026192 120524
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"very tasty. I might cut down on the spinach a bit next time, but great otherwise."

skywaitress User ID: 5434571 122629
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"Excellent! Try this if you are bored with pasta! Goes great with any grilled meat or stand alone veggie dish!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1329520 179082
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Made as recipe indicated. Added only salt to taste. Would make again and again! Can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow."

Summy User ID: 1386846 112383
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"I don't know why this recipe just didn't pop for me. It was a bit bland, but has lots of potential. We actually dressed it up with Italian salad dressing! Maybe more tomatoes and a touch of sugar next time. Hmm..."

annie1992 User ID: 2246916 190941
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I also made this originally from Eating Well. It's delicious, I just made it again on New Year's Eve."

MaggieWB User ID: 4951050 179081
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"<p>Absolutely delicious! In order to make a main dish, I sauteed 1.5lb of diced chicken thighs, then followed the recipe as written. Superb! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.</p>"

dolcevita User ID: 3080010 122622
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This recipe is soooo good, my entire family loved it. My husband asked if I could make it again the next night."

cherstad User ID: 2390261 130302
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"Very robust and flavorful dish! My entire family (even 2 picky little eaters) enjoyed this as a side dish to marinated grilled steaks. I made no modifications to the recipe and will definitely file this away as a keeper."

wisdom6 User ID: 5771127 190056
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"This is now a quick, yummy, go-to recipe!"

eye_lady User ID: 4552636 174491
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"I made this on a Friday during Lent, and it was very quick and delicious. My Husband is not Catholic so I had hot italian sausage sliced on the side for him to mix in his serving. This is a great recipe, very simple, fast and tastes great! Thank you for sharing!"

caree929 User ID: 3830950 122621
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Like others, I too had to use more olive oil for sauteeing, but my husband and I both enjoyed the recipe. I may add more Italian seasoning next time, but otherwise it was great!"

girl6sic6 User ID: 5416018 110295
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"Just made this recipe, without the gnocchi and it was amazing! would def make this again!"

annie1992 User ID: 2246916 211889
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"I just made this for last night's supper, but I got the recipe from Eating Well. I would like it better without the gnocchi, I think, and will make it without the next time."

terradactyl User ID: 2992046 188898
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"This was a great filling 1 pot meal-with awesome flavor, texture, and color! I ended up using more evoo in the saute process and I only had regular diced tomatoes on hand, but added italian seasoning. Yum!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 190053
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"I'll make this again WITHOUT the gnocchi for a perfect bean dish."

soccer_mom User ID: 763741 106690
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"My daughter made this for dinner on a night I had to work late. It was fantastic! There wasn't anything about it we didn't like!"

lauawill User ID: 3170176 192237
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"Quick, delicious and filling, perfect for a busy weeknight."

sooperwife User ID: 2578044 147706
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"I asked my husband what he would change the next time and he said "Nothing!" Very good and yes, easy! Keeper!"

asabot User ID: 620927 190048
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I had issues with the gnocchi sticking to the bottom of my pan. I liked the flavor that the tomatoes added, but overall I didn't like the combination of all the ingredients. This recipe was okay, but I won't make it again."

STttW User ID: 2027237 192235
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"This was a very good tasting recipe. I found it easy to make."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.