Gnocchi with pancetta, spinach & Parmesan cream

Gnocchi with pancetta, spinach & Parmesan cream

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Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 500g pack gnocchi
    Gnocchi

    Gnocchi

    noh-kee

    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
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 130g pack smoked pancetta cubes
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

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

  • 100g spinach
    Spinach

    Spinach

    spin-atch

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

  • zest ½ lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

  • 25g toasted pine nut

Method

  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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louise_a1977
31st Jan, 2017
5.05
Delish! Agree could only feed four people if you had extra bread, salad etc. We ate a pack of gnocchi between two! I added the lemon zest to the cream not the gnocchi so it flavours the cream and it was delish. The toasted pinenuts over the top added a lovely texture so I would add if you have them. Cheap quick midweek meal that looked restaurant quality!
frenske
6th Jul, 2015
2.55
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
13th Jun, 2015
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
11th Jun, 2015
Can you freeze this? I would like to make it but it's only me to cook for as hubby is away.
Lou15e
11th Sep, 2014
3.8
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
8th Aug, 2014
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
18th Nov, 2013
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
18th Oct, 2013
Really lovely but v filling! I'd mix it all together in the pan .....lovely :)
eleanormayo
9th Sep, 2013
4.05
I accidentally added too much lemon juice, but it was still yummy!
5arah251715
12th Aug, 2013
4.05
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.

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