I love Gnocchi, I cook it at least once a month. It is such a simple ingredient, fairly cheap and super quick to cook. I do occasionally make it from scratch, I really love to use a combination of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes for extra flavour but more often than not use store bought, normally the fresh version which literally takes about 2 minutes to cook. I like to boil, drain and use it to make a Gnocchi bake but I also like to make some really simple stovetop dishes using just chopped tomatoes, herbs and whatever I need to use up in my fridge or veg basket!
This dish is so simple and requires little attention.
Herby Gnocchi With Tomato, Bacon & Leeks
1 pack or 500g of gnocchi
200g diced smoky bacon
1/2 red onion diced
1/2 leek diced
2 garlic cloves diced
1 tbsp of dried herbs, I used oregano
400g chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp of olive oil
pinch of black pepper sea salt
Heat a large pan and add your olive oil followed by your leeks, garlic and onion and leave to sauté and soften, stirring occasionally. Add your bacon and leave to brown. Boil enough water ready to cook your gnocchi. Add your tomatoes, herbs and a generous sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper to your pan and stir well. Leave to simmer for at least 5 minutes.
Place your gnocchi in a large saucepan and pour over boiling water, add salt and cook over a medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes. You will know when your gnocchi is ready as it will rise to the surface of the water. Drain and add to your sauce, mixing in well. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of parmesan.
This is such a comforting bowl of food, perfect for Autumn.