Gnocchi are delicious dumplings made out of potato and pasta flour, or with ricotta cheese. They are a great alternative pasta and they are very versatile.
This means that you can pair them with lots of different types of sauces. This recipe for pumpkin sauce with bacon and thyme is easy and delicious. However, if you don’t eat bacon, it’s still delicious if you leave the meat out.
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What Do You Need?
This pumpkin gnocchi sauce recipe can be made entirely with one pan – the gnocchi is cooked in the same pan that the sauce is made in.
This saves a lot of time when it comes to cleaning up afterwards. You will need a few small bowls for some of the ingredients, and a whisk to mix together the wet ingredients before they are added to the frying pan.
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Tips And Tricks
This recipe is straightforward to follow, but if you want to make sure that your gnocchi and sauce comes out perfectly then you should follow these tips.
- Crispy bacon – Make sure you get the bacon nice and crispy. This adds a lovely, crunchy texture to the meal and brings out the flavour of the meat.
- Use the bacon fat – As the bacon cooks, it will release fat into the frying pan. Don’t clean the pan before you use it to cook the gnocchi. Cooking the gnocchi in the bacon fat will help to enhance the flavour of the meal.
- Gently thicken the sauce – Make sure you thicken the sauce over a gentle heat. If you increase the heat and try to rush it, you could end up burning the sauce and ruining the whole dish.
- Season to taste – Remember that you can add more salt and pepper but you cannot take it away. Season the sauce slowly, adding a little at a time.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
This is a simple recipe that is ideal for a weeknight dinner. If you want to make a few changes, here are some ideas.
- Pumpkin – We use canned pumpkin in this recipe for convenience. Make sure you use unsweetened pumpkin. If you would prefer, you can use fresh pumpkin. You will need to roast it and puree it first, being careful to remove all of the seeds. You can prepare your pumpkin in batches and then freeze it in smaller portions ready to be used in pasta dishes or pies.
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- Bacon – The bacon adds a lovely salty flavour to this dish, but you can leave out if you would prefer to make a vegetarian meal. Alternatively, you could switch it for some chorizo if you want a bit more spice and flavour.
- Thyme – Thyme is used to flavour this meal, but you can use a different herb if you want to experiment with alternative flavours. Fresh sage would be a good choice, as it goes very well with pumpkin. You could also try basil or oregano.
- Spice – If you like your food with a bit of a kick then you could add fresh chillies, chilli powder, or chilli flakes to introduce some warmth to the sauce.
- Vegetables – If you want to add some green vegetables to this dish, chuck in a handful or two of spinach while the sauce is thickening. This will add colour but also nutrients to this meal.
- Pasta – This sauce is for gnocchi, but you can also use it with pasta instead. It is a versatile recipe.
- Cheese – This recipe uses parmesan cheese in the sauce, but you can use whatever kind of cheese you prefer. Cheddar would work well. You can also swap out the ordinary cream cheese for something like mascarpone or ricotta.
- Garnish – A garnish is optional but always makes your dish look more professional if you are serving it at a dinner party. You could use a sprig of fresh herbs and a sprinkling of grated cheese.
Remember that any changes you make to the recipe will affect the calories per serving.
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