Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

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(43 ratings)

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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5th Jun, 2012
Tried this recipe tonight, it was a nice variation on the previous gnocchi bake recipe I've used. I did add some worcester sauce to give the bolognese some more flavour and think next time I will add garlic when browning the mince.
18th May, 2012
Used a carton of bolognese sauce and a tin of tomatos instead of two tins of tomatos, Left out some of the water and the spinach. Cooked in the oven for fifteen minutes,. Was a delicious supper dish which did four people plus left overs for one lunch. served with spring greens cooked separately.
30th Apr, 2012
This was delicious and very easy to make. However, I added red wine , lots of basil/ mixed herbs and onion as if not would have tasted quite bland. A bit of balsamic or beef stock would also be good alternatives to liven it up.
26th Apr, 2012
I cant understand why so many people are saying its bland, this is very typical proper everyday Italian food and I make it exactly as instructed with great ingredients and hey presto...Lovely. Only one small tip from living here in Italy is double or tripple the quantity of olive oil.
15th Mar, 2012
I added onions and garlic and a spash of dry white wine, was a lovely dinner. I'll be making it with meatballs next time rather than loose mince and I'd expect it to be a 5 star dish!
9th Feb, 2012
I also added garlic, onion, mushrooms, red wine and finely diced carrots which helped loads. Tasted great. If it's to sloppy or watery as some of you have said then keep reducing it down until it's not. Will make again.
4th Feb, 2012
We cooked this tonight and even though we both enjoyed it we found it bland and a little watery. When we cook again we will add 1/2 the water and spinach (as we aren't keen on too much spinach) and add an onion and some garlic for some flavour. Adding pepper to the spinach would help with flavour too.
4th Jan, 2012
Good, but like everyone's said, it definitely needs some garlic and onion adding or it is a bit bland, though even as it is it makes a nice compliment to a good salad with dressing. Would also suggest adding only half a can of water to begin with and seeing where that gets you- mine was a little runny even after grilling...
30th Nov, 2011
I added extras as it appears most other people did. I left out the extra water and used more spinach and mince than suggested. It wasn't as tasty as i was expecting but it was quick and easy to make and my kids loved it, even my fussy 4 year old ate it!!
30th Nov, 2011
Along with 90% of the other reviews, I added a few extras. Mushrooms, garlic, onion and worcester sauce. A easy, quick dish but you definitely need to add your own flavours to it.


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