Baked Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach
Baked Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach

Baked Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach

Posted by Natali on Sep 07, 2010

This is a recipe I kind of invented on the fly.  I had planned to brown a little butter, toss in some minced garlic and toss with gnocchi, bacon and spinach for an easy dinner.  But, I decided to take it just a couple steps further, and I'm so glad I did!  It was REALLY tasty.  I hope you like it too!

Ingredients

1 pkg of gnocchi (I used Target's Archer Farms brand)
2 tbsp butter (separated)
5 strips of bacon, chopped
1/2 bag of baby spinach leaves
3 cloves of garlic, minced (or grated with a microplane if you're lazy like me!)
3/4 c grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

1. Prepare the gnocchi as directed on the package.
2. Prepare the bacon and set aside to cool.  Empty the grease from the pan, then toss the spinach in the still hot bacon pan without wiping it out.  Let the spinach wilt a bit, then place in a bowl and set aside.
3. Place a 1.5 qt baking dish into the oven with 1 tbsp of butter in it as your preheat the oven to 400.
4. Melt the other tbsp of butter with the minced garlic in a small microwavable bowl.  Chop the bacon.
5. When the butter in the dish is melted, brush it around with a pastry brush to coat the dish.  Add 1/2 of the gnocchi.  Then, sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped bacon and the spinach, and half of the cheese.  Add the remaining gnocchi, then drizzle with the butter, and top with the remaining cheese and bacon.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes then broil until top if golden and bubbly (about 2 minutes)


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