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Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce
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5 from 1 vote

Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
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 cook 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!