Gnocchi with pumpkin and pancetta sauce recipe

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This ultimate comfort food, this gnocchi with pumpkin and pancetta tastes indulgently creamy without any cream.

Cooking Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap

This ultimate comfort food is quick to make, and tastes indulgently creamy without any cream.


  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 leaves fresh sage, whole
  • 2 cloves garlic, whole
  • 3 strips pancetta or streaky bacon, chopped
  • 150g canned pumpkin puree
  • 125ml semi-skimmed milk or unsweetened soya milk
  • 40g freshly grated hard cheese, such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Dash freshly grated nutmeg
  • 400g packet gnocchi di patate




  1. Put water on to boil for the gnocchi according to packet instructions
  2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium-low heat, then add sage and garlic and sauté for one minute. Add bacon or pancetta, increase heat to medium, and fry until just crisp. Add pumpkin puree, stirring constantly until pumpkin is heated through.
  3. Slowly add milk while stirring pumpkin mixture constantly. Simmer on low heat for five minutes.
  4. Once water is boiling, add gnocchi and cook according to packet instructions.
  5. Add grated cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg to sauce and stir. Add more milk if sauce is too thick. Remove garlic and sage from sauce and discard. Toss sauce with gnocchi, and serve with more grated cheese and fresh sage leaves for garnish, if desired.
Top Tip for making Gnocchi with pumpkin and pancetta sauce

You can make your own pumpkin puree by baking your pumpkin in the oven and then blending it into a puree


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