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Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

We love gnocchi so I decided to make try something new and made this gnocchi with bacon and spinach in a tomato cream sauce from ingredients I had on hand. The recipe was quick and very easy to make and was a huge hit with all of us. It’s comforting and delicious which is perfect for the first week back to school. I am looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

How to Make Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Cook the gnocchi per package instructions; drain reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid; set aside.

While the gnocchi is cooking, saute the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and crisp. Place on a paper towel to drain the grease then cut into bits. Remove the bacon grease from the skillet.

Add the butter to the same skillet over medium heat then add the shallot and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the cooked & drained gnocchi to the skillet and lightly saute them for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste and cook, gently stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Add the diced tomatoes along with their juices along with the reserved pasta water and chicken broth then cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add the cream and finely grated parmesan and gently mix. Add the spinach, bacon bits, and basil to the skillet stir until combined, cook for 1 minute. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Serve immediately with extra basil and fresh parmesan on the side, if desired. Enjoy!

Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

 

Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Pam

Ingredients

  • 1 lb gnocchi, cooked per package instructions *Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp Fresh basil, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the gnocchi per package instructions; drain reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid; set aside.
  • While the gnocchi is cooking, saute the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and crisp. Place on a paper towel to drain the grease then cut into bits. Remove the bacon grease from the skillet.
  • Add the butter to the same skillet over medium heat then add the shallot and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the cooked & drained gnocchi to the skillet and lightly saute them for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste and cook, gently stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes along with their juices along with the reserved pasta water and chicken broth then cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the cream and finely grated parmesan and gently mix.
  • Add the spinach, bacon bits, and basil to the skillet and stir until combined, cook for 1 minute. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Serve immediately with extra basil and fresh parmesan on the side, if desired. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    Many times I dont make gnoccis, I love them , now Im hungy ! these looks delicious Pam!!
    Have a nice weekend!