Monday, March 4, 2013

Gnocchi Bolognaise

Bolognaise has to be one of the most versatile sauces not to mention a comfort food.  This version is quite a basic recipe but there was no shortage on taste.  In fact the flavour was very surprising.

Packets of ready made potato gnocchi are available in the chiller section of most supermarkets so that takes the time and effort out of making homemade gnocchi making this dish brilliant for a mid week dinner.

Gnocchi Bolognaise
(Recipe sourced from WW Take Away At Home Cookbook)
Serves: 4
ProPoints per serve: 11
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
250 grams lean beef mince
250 grams lean pork mince
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
500 gram jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus extra to garnish
freshly ground black pepper
700 grams 98% fat-free fresh potato gnocchi
2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat.  Add celery onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened.  Add mince and cook, breaking up any lumps, for 10 minutes or until browned.

Add tomatoes and pasta sauce and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.  Stir in the basil.  Add a little water if the sauce seems too thick.

Meanwhile cook gnocchi in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions or until just tender.  Drain.  Stir gnocchi through sauce. 

Serve sprinkled with parmesan and extra basil.

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