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Baked gnocchi with bacon, tomato and mozzarella

This easy baked gnocchi recipe with smoky bacon, tomato and mozzarella sauce is perfect for rushed weeknights when you need dinner on the table fast.
Course Comfort food, Dinner, Gnocchi, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

  • 500 g store-bought gnocchi
  • 250 g bacon chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • handful cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons cream/yoghurt
  • large handful fresh parsley chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 100 g mozzarella sliced

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.
  • In the meantime, make the sauce.
  • In a large, hot frying pan, fry the bacon until starting to crisp with most of the fat rendered.
  • Pour off most of the fat then add the garlic and smoked paprika and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add all of the tomatoes and the sugar and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream/yoghurt, parsley and seasoning.
  • Cook the gnocchi in the salted water until it starts floating to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the sauce.
  • Transfer the gnocchi and sauce to an oven-proof dish and top with the sliced mozzarella.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and golden.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.