Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A filling, cheesy bake that is great for lunch the next - if there's any left!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
518
protein
44g
carbs
50g
fat
18g
saturates
8g
fibre
6g
sugar
9g
salt
2.4g

Ingredients

  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs
  • 400g gnocchi
  • 125g reduced-fat mozzarella
  • 400g spinach, washed

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Method

  1. Fry the mince in the oil for a few mins. Tip in the tomatoes and herbs. Fill one of the empty cans with water, add this to the beef, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 mins.
  2. Tip half the spinach into a colander and pour over boiling water to wilt, then repeat with the second half. Squeeze out as much moisture from the spinach as you can, then leave to drain in the colander. When the beef is almost ready, cook the gnocchi, then drain. Heat the grill to high.
  3. Stir the gnocchi and spinach into the beef, season, then tip into a large ovenproof dish. Tear the mozzarella into chunks, scatter over, then grill until golden and bubbling.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2008

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elliesmith01's picture
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basic idea is good, but even with things added was quite bland. think it would benefit from longer cooking of to intense the flavours

deerbrook's picture

Loved this, although used onions, garlic and mushrooms in the bolognese too. Definite recommendation

squirrel_pigeon's picture
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I read the comments above before cooking the recipe so added garlic, onion and smoked bacon to the mince. Would probably also add some beef stock next time as well. After adding 2 tins of tomatoes I also decided against adding the water as it already looked very runny and did end up a bit liquidy. It tasted good though so I think next time I will only add 1 tin of tomatoes and perhaps mix the mozzarella with some cheddar for the topping too.

hattie_s's picture
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I found this recipe quite bland and very watery! I love the concept and will amend some of the amounts of ingredients - added onions, garlic, pepper and mushrooms and halved the spinach. Next time will not add the tin of water and perhaps only one tin of tomatoes, but add some tomato purée and a glass of red wine instead. Love people's suggestions of cooking it longer and in the oven.

jayfam's picture
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I used quite a lot of fersh herbs and cooked the sauce for much longer to thicken it. It made a nice change to add the spinach and there was none left for lunch the next day!

madeleine79's picture
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This felt a bit like slop. It was ok. My husband liked it but I don't think I would bother again- too dull: even with the onions, garlic, herbs and red wine etc...

twobit's picture
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Made this tonight and thought it was superb, took the advice of jayne's post and added :- chestnut mushrooms, garlic, red onion and some red wine. Cooked them down slightly before adding the mince to it.

It was really nice but i might add abit of worchester sauce next time as well

sarahdarah's picture
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After reading the comments above, decided to add garlic, onions and bacon. Halved the amount of mince and added a tin of green lentils to bulk out.

dearle's picture

We do this recipe with just the addition of some garlic and don't find it in the least bland or boring. In fact this is one of our favorite recipes

cl41re's picture

I've just made this for my tea.
It's the first time i've eaten gnocchi & i loved it!
I followed the recipe & didn't find it too bland, but next time i'll try some of the suggestions above & hopefully it'll be even better!

yasmine1991's picture
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I have to say that this was really yummy, although im glad i read the comments above, so i told my mum to make her usual bolognese and then follow the rest of the recipe.It was great and a nice change instead of have pasta or potatoe with it.

oddgirlinthecorner's picture

this is gorgeous, a nice change from regular bolognase or lasagne. I made my normal bolognase sauce, onions, garlic, passata, worcestershire sauce, beef stock cube and italian herbs. i too, dont think it would of been as good with just the mince and tomatoes.

ookymooky's picture
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Took on board all the comments and added, onion, mushrooms, tomato puree, garlic and didn't have bacon so used chorizo. Am also trying to lose weight so didn't use gnocchi just used all my spinach. I really enjoyed it.

amiebb's picture
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Yummy. Thanks for the tips as i halved the spinach and added mushrooms, garlic and onion and it came out great. I made garlic bread with cheese as well to dip in. My friends loved it.

wendygarywoo's picture

I agree with most of the comments above, I made it as the recipe, only half way through did I read the comments so I added some extra herbs from the garden Basil and some corriander nice!! but would use less tomatoes next time and sdd some extra vegies, but my husband loved it and the left over will be eaten tomorrow in the staff room I may even share!!

jayne40's picture
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As with some of the comments above, I added onion and bacon to the bolognese as was very bland without. My husband thoroughly loved the meal.

annie0176's picture
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As with nearly everyone else who has commented, I didn't even attempt to make the sauce just using meat and tomatoes - and used my own recipe for the bolognese (actually Antonio Carluccio's recipe, which I think is THE best) - and so it was delicious. Would probably have been two stars at most with the bland recipe ingredients given.

sarahlm's picture
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Tried the receipe and it was absolutely gorgeous (and filling!). I must admit that I adapted the bolognaise sauce by using my own recipe but would definitely try this again and again - it was lovely.

ljwarrington's picture
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my husband made this for me with veggie mince and it was lovely! he made note of the suggestions above and it was very tasty... we'll definitely have it again!

lauracs5's picture
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I'm not the world's best cook, far from it in fact!! However this recipe was very simple to follow. I cooked the mince in the oven for an hour instead of on the hob (I prefer it that way, it tenderises the mince) before adding the spinach, gnocchi and cheese. Flavour was nice, but I do agree with the previous comments, it was on the bland side, and I found a bit watery. Would add some tomatoe paste and less tomatoes next time.

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