Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Pancetta & Wilted Watercress

May/June 2007

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We use just a touch of pancetta—cured Italian-style bacon—to balance the sweet tomatoes and peppery watercress. Make it a meal: A salad tossed with a red-wine vinaigrette completes dinner.

"We love this basic recipe. We often make substitutions based on what we have available (bacon for pancetta, arugula for watercress, and we use any kind of pasta). I would never substitute on the basic recipe for the sauce. It is easy to...
Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Pancetta & Wilted Watercress

11 Reviews for Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Pancetta & Wilted Watercress

New Favorite

Wow... this is amazing! I've made it over 6 times now... I used white wine vinegar (or just white wine), bacon instead of pancetta, and kale. This is my fiance's favorite.... he wants me to make it for his birthday meal, even though we usually eat it once a week as it is :-D Thanks!!!! :-D

Easy, quick, few ingredients, easy to substitute
Use Home Made Gnocci

As I grew up eating home made Gnocci, I can't stand the taste or texture of the store-bought stuff, unless it's fresh from an Italian grocer. If you wish to make your own, use 1 part mashed potatoes to 1 part white or whole wheat flour and 1 large egg. If your potatoes are new - boil them until they start falling apart and drain well, otherwise the dough ends up too soft. Old potatoes that are sprouting (but not rotting) are best to use. Mix ingredients into a dough, roll into "snakes" and cut into bite sized pieces and boil until they float. Simple and tasty!!

So good, so quick

excellent quick dish that was unbelievably tasty. The sauce came out amazing, and all the prep work and cooking was easy.

Like many others I did substitutes:
- 4 slices bacon instead of prociutto
- serrano-honey vinegar instead of red wine vinegar
- arugula instead of watercress (didn't bother stemming it- still tasted great)

easy, quick, tasty
Delicious, easy dinner in no time

I was a little hesitant about this dish considering how simple the ingredients were, but was pleasantly surprised when it turned out lovely. I didn't keep pure vegetarian, I used prosciutto and I don't care for Watercress's bitter flavor so I used kale instead. It was a brilliant meal that will make it into a normal menu rotation for us. I served with butternut squash soup, next time I will toss a salad and serve with crusty bread. Winner!

Flavorful, simple, easy to make
Very easy and VERY flavorful

Made this tonight for my husband and it was absolutely delicious. He raved for an hour saying it was the best thing he's ever had. I added a few little twists to it to liven it up. I used 4oz of pancetta and I also doused the tomatoes with Italian seasoning and added a few more dashes of it in the stew. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to make and how much flavor it had.


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