Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Pancetta & Wilted Watercress


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.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 cups
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 ounces pancetta, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound gnocchi, (see Shopping Tip)

  • 4 ounces watercress, tough stems removed, coarsely chopped (6 cups packed)

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


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 (per serving)

377 Calories
7g Fat
64g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 377
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g 27%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Vitamin A 1775IU 35%
Vitamin C 32mg 35%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 334mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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