Move over pasta, this Pancetta and Spinach Gnocchi is taking over as a go-to meal!
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Last week, I ventured to Ocean State Job Lot to buy a pizza peel (my dad told me they were super cheap there), for all the bread I've been baking. While I was there, I started browsing the food section, just out of curiosity. I hadn't planned on buying any food there, but I was surprised to see packages of gnocchi for only $2. I was a bit nervous buying food there, but the price was right and how bad could it be, right? I was especially excited, because I've had a recipe for Pancetta & Spinach Gnocchi in my head for a few weeks, but the gnocchi has been pretty pricey at the regular grocery store. So I grabbed two packages and a bunch of other junk I didn't need and headed home.
If you aren't familiar with gnocchi, you should be. They are little pillows of deliciousness. Gnocchi are soft Italian pasta. The main ingredient varies; the most popular ones being potato, semolina or cheese. You can find it in most grocery stores and it comes fresh, dried or frozen. They only take a few minutes to cook, making them a perfect choice for weeknight meals. For this meal I used a dried potato gnocchi.
If you are having trouble locating packages of pancetta at your local grocery store, check the deli counter. They usually will have it. I guess I'm assuming you know what pancetta is. Just in case you don't, think, Italian bacon. It is basically bacon that is cured with salt, pepper & other spices but it is not smoked like American bacon.
Oh, I almost forgot, I should tell you, the cheapy gnocchi were just as good as the pricey supermarket gnocchi.
This recipe has been adapted from MyRecipes.
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Pancetta and Spinach Gnocchi