Gnocchi Bolognese recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 40 min
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  • Ready made gnocchi is a great alternative to spaghetti and perfect for a midweek meal as it cooks in 3 mins! These fluffy little pasta dumplings are made potato dough and make a great base to any sauce. Simply drop them into boiling water and leave them to simmer for 3 mins. Once cooked they will rise to the top of the water ready to be scooped out and drained. They make a really comforting meal when topped with a speedy yet flavoursome meaty Bolognese sauce. A great twist on a family favourite the kids will love it.


    • 1tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 carrot, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 500g lean beef mince
    • 1tbsp tomato puree
    • 400g chopped tomatoes
    • 200ml beef stock
    • 2x 400g fresh gnocchi
    • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped


    • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the the onion and carrot for 10 mins until soft. Add the garlic for the last 2 mins.

    • Stir through the beef mince and cook for 10 mins stirring frequently until browned.

    • Add the tomato puree and stir until combined then pour over the chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Leave to simmer for 20 mins until thick. Stir through 2tbsp basil.

    • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and add the gnocchi. Simmer for 3 mins then strain and fold through the bolognese. Scatter with the remaining basil to serve.

    Top tip for making Gnocchi Bolognese

    Once gnocchi is cooked it will float to the top of the water so keep an eye on it as it cooks very quickly!

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