Gnocchi Bolognese Bake

4 Portions
25 min

This dish sums up comfort food. A rich, beef bolognese, with gnocchi and three cheeses. Baked in the oven until crispy on the top, it's a perfect meal to eat on the sofa after a long day.


The gnocchi are really quick to cook as well, I usually have some store bought packet gnocchi in the fridge ready to go for a quick meal. I have made my own gnocchi from scratch before, but I honestly don't think it's necessarily worth the effort, a good store bought packet will do the job, especially when used in a dish as flavoursome as this!


Let me know f you try it :)

Recipe details

  • 4  Portions
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Ingredients


  • 500 g ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 500 g fresh gnocchi
  • 100 g ricotta
  • 1 ball mozzarella cheese
  • Sprinkling of parmesan cheese

Instructions


Brown the ground beef all over on a moderate heat in a large frying pan. Once brown, but not necessarily cooked through, set to one side
Dice the onion and fry in the leftover oil. Once golden, add the diced garlic cloves and cook through until fragrant.
Add the tomato puree and cook off for a couple of minutes
Add the beef back to the pan, along with the tinned tomatoes, beef stock cube and 400 mL water
Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for an hour or so, until the sauce is silky and rich. Add a few stems of basil after 30 minutes.
Once the bolognese sauce is ready, preheat the oven to 200C
Boil the gnocchi for 2 minutes and drain. Add a layer to a casserole dish, and add a thin layer of the bolognese sauce. Take a teaspoon and add a few dollops of ricotta, a few pieces of torn mozzarella, a couple of basil leaves and season. Repeat this process a couple more times until the gnocchi and bolognese sauce are all used up.
Sprinkle the top with parmesan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden
Enjoy!

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