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Gnocchi bolognese with spinach and marscapone

In this type of dish you should try to use proper spinach and not baby spinach, as it has a lot better flavour and texture. You can use a ball of Buffalo mozzarella and tear it into chunks for replacing mascarpone (if you don’t want to use it).

Gnocchi bolognese with spinach and marscapone

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 450 g 1lb lean minced beef
  • 700 g jar passata, Italian sieved tomatoes
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian herbs
  • 450 g 1lb fresh spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500 g packet fresh gnocchi
  • 100 g 4oz mascarpone cheese
  • 50 g 2oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Ciabatta bread, to serve


  1. In a large pan heat half of the olive oil, add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until softened but not coloured.
  2. Add minced beef and cook for a few minutes more, until lightly browned. With wooden spoon break up any lumps.
  3. Add passata, herbs and sugar, season to your liking and simmer for 15-20 minutes until it becomes slightly thickened and reduced.
  4. Meanwhile, wash the spinach, remove large stalks if any, then dry well (salad spinner works wonderful if you have one).
  5. Take a large heavy based pan and heat it up. Add fistfuls of spinach, add another one as one wilts down. Cook for a minute, tip into a colander and excess moisture by gently pressing.
  6. In the pan, sauté the garlic for 30 seconds with the rest of the olive oil. Add the drained spinach and season to your liking. Toss until heated through and tip it into a colander and drain.
  7. When the Bolognese souce is almost done, prepare gnocchi, cooking them in a large pan of salted water for around 5 minutes or according to instructions on the packet. Combine mascarpone with the Parmesan and add pepper.
  8. Squeeze out any excess moisture from spinach. Stir the spinach and gnocchi into the Bolognese sauce and tip everything in a large ovenproof dish.
  9. Add dollops of mascarpone mixture and grill it until golden and bubbling. Serve right away with a basket of ciabatta bread.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

4 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Gnocchi bolognese with spinach and marscapone recipe

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Friday 4th of December 2015

What a fun and fresh way to serve gnocchi, I never thought about using mascarpone in a dish like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rosie Rowe

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

I absolutely love the idea of this. It'll make a change from spaghetti and bolognese. I shan't use spinach as DH hates it, but hopefully, he'll enjoy the gnocchi!

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