Today is the type of day they don’t warn you about when you say you want kids/when you’re pregnant. The type of day where your children didn’t sleep all too well the night before but you still have to go about your day in a normal, functioning fashion. The type of day when all that is going to get you through is good coffee (thank you Nespresso). So I’m sure you’ll excuse me for not writing a long, winding post about how fabulous this gnocchi is. I hope that, by now, you trust my judgement.
This takes a little bit of effort as I made the gnocchi myself (but it really is ok if you use store-bought). I make the gnocchi early on during the day so that they get a chance to dry out a little. I used the same recipe I did for my Pork ragu and roasted garlic gnocchi recipe, simply leaving out the roasted garlic. I loved how the soft gnocchi soaked up all the creamy, eggy, bacony sauce. Perfect comfort food for a tired Monday.
- 1 kg baking/fluffy potatoes
- 2 egg yolks
- 1-1.5 cups flour
- salt to taste
- 250 g dry cured smoked streaky bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 4 free-range eggs
- 125 ml 1/2 cup cream
- 1 cup grated Pecorino cheese
- freshly cracked black pepper
- salt to taste
- large handful chopped Italian parsley
To make the gnocchi, place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 200°c until a skewer is easily inserted.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Halve the potatoes and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash well.
Add the egg yolks and mix well.
Add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time and mix in gently, you don’t want to over-work the dough. I only needed 1.5 cups of flour for my gnocchi but some mixtures might need a bit more. It’s best to make sure your potatoes are quite dry before adding the flour though as the more flour you add, the tougher your gnocchi will be.
When you’ve added enough flour to result in a soft dough, break tennis ball sized pieces off of the dough and roll into long strips on a floured surface. Cut the strip into 1cm gnocchis and place on a floured tray until you are ready to cook them. If you like, you can also use a fork to make indents in the gnocchi which create little spaces to suck up more of the sauce.
To make the carbonara, fry the bacon until slightly crisp and add the garlic.
While the bacon is frying, combine the cream, eggs, Pecorino and seasoning and whisk well. Add the hot bacon to the sauce and set aside.
To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Drop in the gnocchi gently and when it floats to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon.
Once your gnocchi is cooked, add it to the sauce and stir to coat all the gnocchi in the sauce. Allow to stand for a few minutes for the gnocchi to absorb the sauce then serve with fresh parsley.