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Rating: 4.93 stars
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 1
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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.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

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Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Servings:
4

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Put a large pan of water on to boil.

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  • Cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, sugar and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes are almost completely broken down, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and salt. Remove from the heat.

  • Cook gnocchi in the boiling water until they float, 3 to 5 minutes or according to package directions. Place watercress in a colander and drain the gnocchi over the watercress, wilting it slightly. Add the gnocchi and watercress to the sauce in the pan; toss to combine. Serve immediately, with Parmesan.

Tips

Shopping Tip: We like the texture of “she
lf-stable” prepared gnocchi found in the Italian section of most supermarkets, but frozen and fresh refrigerated gnocchi also work well here.

Nutrition Facts

377 calories; protein 13.6g; carbohydrates 63.9g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 5g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 3.1g; cholesterol 15.7mg; vitamin a iu 1774.6IU; vitamin c 31.5mg; folate 16.8mcg; calcium 145mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 19.1mg; potassium 333.5mg; sodium 704.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.
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Reviews (8)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Bold Amazing Flavor! This dish uses simple ingredients that just go great together! I never cooked gnocchi before and my family never usually cares for chunks of tomato...but this dish was a huge hit that is certain to grace our table again soon! There is nothing else more to say except try it you'll love it! Pros: Quick and easy to cook Cons: Vinegar is a bit strong but I love that about this dish...no cons Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I made this for dinner tonight and LOVED it!! The flavor and texture was incredible. We followed the recipe exactly except we did not remove the watercress stems. Thank you for such a wonderful meal. We might try making this with spinach to reduce the cost some. Afterall the ingredients for this recipe really add up. We highly recommend this!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this recipe last night. It was very flavorful but a little too heavy on the vinegar taste. I also didn't like the texture of the gnocchi with this sauce. An excellent base sauce for other pastas though minus the red wine vinegar. Definitely don't skimp on the parmesan cheese here it helped the flavor a lot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
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 make I don't cook much so that's saying something. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2013
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!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Even Meat Eaters Love it I made this as a last minute dinner last week. The only exceptions to the recipe were that i added Italian seasoning to the tomatoes due to not being able to find them pre-seasoned and i used whole wheat gnocchi. It came out wonderful not oily at all. Even my husband who is unwillingly following into meatless meals loved it. It was very satisfying and even kept great for lunch the next day. This will become a go to recipe for our home. Pros: super easy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2012
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2020
For being so simple and quick this was tasty! Couldn't find watercress so used arugula instead. Added a pinch or two of italian seasoning as one of the other reviews suggested. Otherwise followed directions as written. Husband asked "where's the meat?" apparently the pancetta was too subtle for his oh-so-refined palette but he still went back for 2nds...will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2018
I loved this. I made it with Trader Joe s cauliflower gnocchi and used chard instead of watercress. So good. I ve made it several times and it s always filling and delicious. Read More