Gnocchi with pancetta, spinach & Parmesan cream

Gnocchi with pancetta, spinach & Parmesan cream

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Serves 4
These versatile Italian dumplings take only minutes to cook- serve with a creamy cheese sauce, greens and bacon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal500
  • fat32g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 500g pack gnocchi



    An Italian dumpling made with semolina, flour, potatoes or ricotta and spinach cooked and eaten…

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 100ml double cream
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 130g pack smoked pancetta cubes



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 100g spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • zest ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 25g Parmesan, grated, plus extra for serving



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 25g toasted pine nut


  1. Cook the gnocchi following pack instructions, then drain. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of the oil in a small pan and fry the garlic, then add the cream and a good grating of nutmeg. Put to one side.

  2. Heat 2 tsp of the remaining oil in a frying pan and cook the pancetta until crisp. Add the gnocchi and fry until it starts to turn golden, adding a little more oil if it begins to stick. Stir in the spinach, lemon zest and seasoning.

  3. Stir the Parmesan into the cream sauce. Spoon the gnocchi onto plates, drizzle over the sauce and scatter with pine nuts. Serve with extra Parmesan.

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Comments (12)

frenske's picture

Taste great using a classic combo spinach and bacon. However it is way too rich and also too many elements competing with each other. Texture wise the pine nuts don't really go well with soft gnocchi and spinach.

I would leave out the pine nuts, nutmeg, lemon and only use a little bit of cream or milk/cream cheese. Keep the recipe a lot simpler (more rustic Italian).

deedeeandme's picture

Delicious but rich!! Made this with bacon lardons instead because that was all I had in stock, and found it was quite salty for my personal buds, but still went down well! Will reduce this next time. Left out the lemon also as I 'm not a great fan at times. Crusty bread with this is a must! Will defo make this again with a couple of small tweaks!! mmmmmm!

hannahcasey's picture

Can you freeze this? I would like to make it but it's only me to cook for as hubby is away.

Lou15e's picture

Thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. Read the comments and doubled the ingredients apart from the spincach, for four of us. Missed out pine nuts, lemon and nutmeg but it still tasted lovely. Have made this on several occasions.

chocmonster21's picture

We loved this supper dish. Agree the portion size would be a bit small for 4. There were 3 of us and I could have eaten more! Next time I would fry the gnocchi separately and then add as my bacon was a bit overdone before the gnocchi were anywhere near browned. Will definitely be doing this one again. Delicious.

bluejay's picture

Didn't have any pancetta so skinned and cubed some chorizo and fried it gently to let the oil run before adding the gnocchi, spinach etc. I omitted the nutmeg and the pine nuts but it still tasted really good.

Laurawesselby's picture

Really lovely but v filling! I'd mix it all together in the pan .....lovely :)

eleanormayo's picture

I accidentally added too much lemon juice, but it was still yummy!

5arah251715's picture

I missed the line about adding oil to prevent sticking! I also forgot the Parmesan and pine nuts, (I had to wrestle the iPad off my daughter, so only got a brief glance at the recipe) however the meal was good, the sauce was delicious, and the spinach added to the taste, I used part pancetta and part diced smoked bacon, I preferred the bacon; with Parmesan and pine nuts and not stuck to the saucepan, I would think it will be a quick lovely meal. Oh portion sizes were small but then gnocchi is filling.

dinel2000's picture

Had this for supper. I made everything per the method and proportions for me and my boyfriend. I would say it two comfortably (with an option for small seconds) but not four and we had garlic bread on the side. It was delicious!!! I mixed the cream sauce in with with the gnocchi rather than drizzled. Would definitely make again.

bilts38's picture

Comfort food, but feels a bit posher! Not cooked gnocchi before so wasn't quite cooked as described, but will definitely be trying again!

pmr747's picture

Really enjoyed this and very simple to knock together. Didn't have the pine nuts but didn't seem to miss them

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