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 or flour and potatoes, cooked and eaten in much the same…

  • 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



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

  • 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…

  • 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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12th Aug, 2013
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.
11th Aug, 2013
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.
8th Aug, 2013
Comfort food, but feels a bit posher! Not cooked gnocchi before so wasn't quite cooked as described, but will definitely be trying again!
8th Aug, 2013
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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