Cauliflower gnocchi with pancetta and ricotta recipe

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Cauliflower gnocchi with pancetta and ricotta is a simple but stylish pasta dish that is perfect for dinner parties.

cauliflower gnocchi
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories477 Kcal24%
Fat25 g36%
Saturated Fat13.5 g68%
Carbohydrates37 g14%

Cauliflower gnocchi with pancetta and ricotta is a speedy pasta dish that is packed with flavour and so impressive. Salty pancetta and capers make this cauliflower gnocchi so moreish, and the creamy ricotta adds a touch of indulgence. Gnocchi are soft and doughy pasta dumplings that are usually made with potatoes. You can try making your own gnocchi, but pre-made gnocchi is readily available in supermarkets and saves so much time! This quick pasta dish shows how you can take a few simple ingredients and transform them into a mouth-watering meal in no time at all. This cauliflower gnocchi with pancetta and ricotta is the perfect pasta dish to serve at dinner parties, or just when you want a quick and easy meal that feels that little bit more special.


  • 100g pancetta slices
  • 2tbsp capers, drained
  • 3tbsp butter
  • 1 cauliflower cut into florets
  • 400g fresh gnocchi
  • 100g baby kale leaves
  • 250g ricotta
  • Rind and juice of 1 lemon




  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Meanwhile, fry the pancetta over a medium heat until crispy. Remove and set aside. Then, in the same pan, fry the capers in the butter for 2 mins, until crispy. Remove and set aside with pancetta. Then fry the cauliflower florets in the same pan for 5-10 min, until cooked through and slightly charred. While the cauliflower is cooking, cook the gnocchi according to packet instructions, this should take about 2-3 mins in the pan of boiling water.
  2. Stir the baby kale leaves into the cooked cauliflower with the ricotta and lemon juice and rind. Add the gnocchi and stir to heat through and coat well. Top with the pancetta and capers to serve.
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