Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

A filling, cheesy bake that is great for lunch the nex day – if there's any left!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein44g
  • salt2.4g


  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 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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16th Jan, 2019
I just made an exact half measure of this and it went down a storm with the fiancé. I used some of the comments below and started by frying a small onion and a garlic clove. I also only used a quarter of the can of water so it was nicely reduced after 17ish minutes. I chucked in some cooked frozen Mediterranean veg to bulk it up, as well as a splash of balsamic. Delicious!
15th Jul, 2017
Did a google search for ways to serve gnocchi and came across this recipe idea. Since I already bought the italian sausage, I made up some small meatballs and browned them, added some garlic and onion and simmered in a can of organic diced italian tomatoes. I had some sun dried tomato paste so mixed that in and substituted red wine for the water then added the gnocchi, spinach,basil and cheese. Topped with some sliced black olives, mozzarella & parmesan and baked for 30 mins. The gnocchi soaked up the extra liquid leaving a nice saucy consistency. Made a great looking casserole and great tasting too! - Robin
2nd Dec, 2016
Loved this! I added bacon and plenty onion and garlic. Also some sugar and plenty seasoning. I just added the spinach straight to the pan rather than wilting it first. Also mixed a little grated cheddar into it before sprinkling the mozzarella on top - yum!
15th Jul, 2015
we had a smaller amount of mince & a big bag of spinach. i only added 1/4 tin of water. i added garlic , a dash of balsamic & a teaspoon of sugar. i then only had chedder so sprinkeled & cooked in the oven for 20 minutes. was SO tasty and filling.
21st Jun, 2015
Decide to try this recipe last night. I ready he comments before get in to far into the recipe. Seeing as so many people said it needed garlic i added it. Also decided to put in some chilli flakes and a beef stock cube. I really wish I had not put the tin of water in, but I left it cooking longer in the hope of reducing it more. In the end a scooped out some of the liquid. I thought over all it was. Tasty dish. I would probably make my normal sauce as It could have done with something more to make it stand out. Defiantly a recipe I'd like to try again
17th Jan, 2014
I made this, adding herbs/mushrooms/garlic etc to spice up the bolognese, a slightly larger pack of mince and smaller pack of spinach (all the supermarket had). Myself, my toddler and husband had it over two nights - probably could have used slightly more to make four large sized portions but would be more than enough with some garlic bread on the side.
9th Jan, 2014
Very easy to make. Added chilli, garlic and Worcester sauce. Even my 4 year old step son enjoyed it.
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7th Jan, 2014
Simples and yummy! Good comfort food. I added mushrooms, oregano, chilli flakes, onions and garlic. Just wish I had some garlic bread too... Didn't bother wilting the spinach, just pour on top of cooked mince and put a lid on to steam it. Making this again :)
24th Apr, 2013
Added garlic, onions and bacon as suggested, plus some tomato paste, and topped off with a sprinkling of oregano which worked a treat - very nice!
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25th Oct, 2012
The first time I'd had gnocchi and it was actually very pleasant!! I think the recipe needs a bit of tweaking and i'd agree with many of the other reviewers - add 1/4 of the tomato tin of water to the sauce to losen it up a bit add a couple of drops of worcestershire sauce (just 3 drops worked) a pinch of sugar (to couteract the toato acidity) Changes i'd make next time -swap mozerella for cheddar (it was too stringy) -add some veggies like courgette which would work really well overall a good mostly store cupboard recipe and i'd make again! Incidently i think serving 4 is ambitious, we got two adult portions and two small portions for lunches to take to work the next day.


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