Monday, February 21, 2011

Gnocchi Bake with Red Onions and Pancetta

I thought I would forgo the obvious, ie tomato sauce, but once I found this recipe I was sold. Homemade gnocchi has been on my to-do list for quite some time now and hey, it does have "red" onions!  Look on my blog for the easy gnocchi recipe and directions!  Thanks for the challenge!

  • Gnocchi Bake with red onions and pancetta

  • tablespoon olive oil

  • ounces pancetta, cubed

  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • cup chopped tomato (I used one cup of canned diced tomato)

  • tablespoons sun dried tomato paste (sadly lacking in my area so I used regular tomato paste)

  • cup mascarpone cheese

  • lb fresh gnocchi

  • 8 -10  fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

  • cups grated mozzarella cheese (Which I thought was way overkill so I use maybe 3/4 cup)

  • 1/3 cup white breadcrumbs  (again, I thought this was a bit much so just used a couple tablespoons)

  • Directions:

    1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
    2. 2 Heat the oil in a skillet and add the pancetta. Cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
    3. 3 Add the red onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for a further 5 minutes, or until the pancetta is cooked and the onion softened.
    4. 4 Stir in the chopped tomatoes, sun-dried tomato paste, and mascarpone cheese. Simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes.
    5. 5 Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi for 1-2 minutes, until they rise to the surface. Do not overcook.
    6. 6 Drain the gnocchi thoroughly and place in a large ovenproof dish (My 9-inch square pyrex worked perfectly).
    7. 7 Add the chopped basil to the pancetta sauce mixture and stir. Pour the sauce over the gnocchi and toss gently to coat it.
    8. 8 Combine the grated cheese with the breadcrumbs and scatter over the gnocchi.
    9. 9 Cook in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
    10. 10 Serve hot and enjoy!

    1 comment:

    KAJ said...

    O.M.G. That looks soooo good!! Thanks for sharing:)