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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4th Sep, 2011
Made this with pork mince, fresh oregano and fresh basil. Winner :)
22nd Mar, 2011
I tried this because my strange kids love spinach. Tasteless, watery, bla, bla.... Others have tried to add/subtract ingredients. Isn't it time to replace this with a recipe that works??
12th Mar, 2011
Great tasting dish, although I dont think you need to add the extra can of water, its too runny
15th Feb, 2011
made this last night and was excellent. made a few changes though: made the bolognese like i normally would with onions carrott mushrooms etc & left out the spinach. will be definitely make again
24th Nov, 2010
basic idea is good, but even with things added was quite bland. think it would benefit from longer cooking of to intense the flavours
Hephzibah Smee
27th Jun, 2010
Loved this, although used onions, garlic and mushrooms in the bolognese too. Definite recommendation
18th May, 2010
I read the comments above before cooking the recipe so added garlic, onion and smoked bacon to the mince. Would probably also add some beef stock next time as well. After adding 2 tins of tomatoes I also decided against adding the water as it already looked very runny and did end up a bit liquidy. It tasted good though so I think next time I will only add 1 tin of tomatoes and perhaps mix the mozzarella with some cheddar for the topping too.
28th Oct, 2009
I found this recipe quite bland and very watery! I love the concept and will amend some of the amounts of ingredients - added onions, garlic, pepper and mushrooms and halved the spinach. Next time will not add the tin of water and perhaps only one tin of tomatoes, but add some tomato purée and a glass of red wine instead. Love people's suggestions of cooking it longer and in the oven.
27th Oct, 2009
I used quite a lot of fersh herbs and cooked the sauce for much longer to thicken it. It made a nice change to add the spinach and there was none left for lunch the next day!
22nd Jun, 2009
This felt a bit like slop. It was ok. My husband liked it but I don't think I would bother again- too dull: even with the onions, garlic, herbs and red wine etc...


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