Gnocchi with creamy tomato & spinach sauce

Gnocchi with creamy tomato & spinach sauce

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Make a change from pasta with this Italian-style midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal393
  • fat20g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.67g
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  • 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…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 140g mascarpone
  • 500g pack gnocchi



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

  • 200g bag baby spinach
  • handful basil leaves
  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), shavings, to serve (optional)



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


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the garlic until golden, then add the tomatoes. Season, then simmer for 10 mins. Stir in mascarpone, then cook for 2 mins more.

  2. Meanwhile, boil the gnocchi according to pack instructions. Add the spinach for the final min of cooking. Drain well, pour back into the pan, then stir the sauce through. Mix well and serve immediately with basil leaves and Parmesan shavings scattered over, if you like.

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22nd Oct, 2013
I made this according to the recipe and expected it to be quite wrong was I?may try with peas when I don't have spinach in.
1st Jun, 2013
Delicious. Quite rich and filling. Very simple to make.
7th Feb, 2013
Great dish! Fried bacon pieces separately, until crisp, then added them in with the spinach. Gorgeous.....I'm not the only one to come up with this :-)
25th Nov, 2012
Just cooked this, having read other reviews, I added chorizo, some green chillies and lots of salt and pepper! ;) it was beautiful.
18th Oct, 2012
Really simple, quick & tasty! I added bacon like a couple of other people which worked out very well. If you're making it for 4 people I'd recommend adding a side like garlic bread to bulk the meal out a bit!
29th Jul, 2012
This was flippin' lovely and easy to make for one! Added pancetta cubes and wilted the spinach in the sauce as recommended. Having the left overs for lunch tomorrow. Will definitely be making this again soon!
20th Jun, 2012
Forgot to add that both times I made this I didnt use mascarpone, instead I used low fat Philly, and it was just as nice ...
20th Jun, 2012
Made this recipe for me and partner, and neither of us had tried gnocchi before, and I have to say we both love this dish.... the sauce is just delicious.... i took on board other comments and added some smoked bacon to the dish, and wilted the spinach with the sauce, and we both really enjoyed it....I have since made the sauce again..without the smoked bacon and had it with chicken and pasta, and it was just as nice..this is now a firm favourite and one I will be making again and again...
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10th May, 2012
Don't boil gnocchi - shallow fry it, yum!
18th Apr, 2012
Great, easy dish to make. I used Philadelphia instead of marscarpone as I didn't have any. I also put it in a glass dish, grated some cheddar over the top and put it in the oven until the cheese was golden, delicious!


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