Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
A filling, cheesy bake that is great for lunch the next - if there's any left!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein44g
  • salt2.4g
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  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs
  • 400g gnocchi



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

  • 125g reduced-fat mozzarella
  • 400g spinach, washed



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


  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.

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Comments (46)

ljwarrington's picture

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

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.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Tried this as the recipe suggested, but using 250g pack of fresh baby spinach. This really needed pepping up as it was very bland without onions, garlic etc. I don't understand why Good Food is giving recipes without basic ingredients to make the food taste good - am I on my own in thinking this?

robspursfan's picture

How much Spinach are you supposed to add?

gailcaunt's picture

Also adapted the recipe to use a proper bolognese sauce (onions, bacon, garlic etc) as well as mince and tomatoes and it made a delicious change from spag bol - but wouldn't have been so tasty with just mince and tomatoes. Also, ingredients do not seem to list the spinach.

thestubbs's picture

A great change from pasta bolognaise and the Kids loved it. The spinach was a really nice addition. I did add onion, garlic,a splash of red wine and a couple of mushrooms to the mince as it was VERY VERY bland without it. Definately will make again (with the changes) for an easy all in one family meal.


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