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Jamie's creamy leek gnocchi with a bacon-y crumb recipe

Jamie's creamy leek gnocchi with a bacon-y crumb recipe

2 ratings

Jamie says: "It’s hard to beat a warming bowl of gnocchi, particularly when it riffs off the flavours of a carbonara, complete with a deliciously crunchy bacon crumb. Whip up this one for loved ones on Valentine’s Day and you’re sure to win their hearts!" See method

  • Serves 2
  • Takes 25 mins
  • 494 calories / serving


  • 1 rasher smoked outdoor bred bacon
  • 1 slice of leftover bread
  • 1 large leek (160g)
  • 400g bag of fresh potato gnocchi
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 25g Parmesan cheese, or vegetarian hard cheese, grated
  • 160g salad leaves, to serve
2 of your 5-a-day and high in protein

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    18g 26%
  • Saturates

    5g 27%
  • Sugars

    5g 5%
  • Salt

    1.6g 27%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 52.6g Protein 19.9g Fibre 4.9g


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  1. Lay the bacon into a large, cold, nonstick frying pan over a medium heat, and cook for 2-4 mins on each side, or until crisp. Toast the bread, then tear into a food processor. Add the bacon and blitz into a bacon-y crumb.
  2. Halve the leek lengthwise, clean and finely slice. In the same frying pan, cook the leek over a medium-low heat with 1 tbsp of oil for 15 mins, or until soft and starting to colour, adding splashes of water if it looks dry. Season with black pepper, then remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the gnocchi according to packet directions. Drain, reserving a little of the cooking water.
  4. Whisk the egg, Parmesan and a pinch of black pepper in a bowl. Remove the leeks from the heat, toss with the gnocchi and stir in the egg mixture, along with a splash of cooking water to make a creamy sauce.
  5. To serve, divide the gnocchi between two plates and sprinkle over the crumb. Dress the salad leaves with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper, and serve alongside.

Tip: Want to make this recipe vegetarian? Leave out the bacon and swap the Parmesan for a vegetarian hard cheese.

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