Gnocchi And Bacon Bake – A Delicious And Tasty Dinner!

Gnocchi is a favourite dinner in our house. This recipe is quick and easy but tastes fabulous!

Yummy little puffs of potato ‘pasta’ that you can make yourself, but I just head to the pasta aisle in the supermarket and buy the ready made…..this dinner is meant to be quick. 🙂

gnocchi and bacon bake

INGREDIENTS

1 x 500gm packet of Gnocchi

1 x 700gm bottle of Pasta Sauce (use half and freeze the other half)

1 x 300ml bottle of Light Cream (use half and freeze the half)

1 small Onion (finely diced)

1/2 green Capsicum (finely diced)

4 rashers short cut Bacon (finely diced)

1 cup grated tasty Cheese.

DIRECTIONS

Turn on oven to 180C.

Bring a large saucepan, half filled with water and a dash of salt to boil.

Add the gnocchi and stir with a slotted metal spoon.

When the water returns to the boil and the gnocchi float to the top, remove from heat and drain in a colander.

Spray a oven safe baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place the gnocchi into the baking dish, add the pasta sauce and stir to coat.

Sprinkle the diced onion, capsicum and bacon over the gnocchi.

Sprinkle the grated cheese over the gnocchi.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese and toppings are golden brown.

(You can finish this off under the grill to speed things up, as long as the ingredients are all nice and warm first)

Enjoy!

Chorizo, Caramelized Onion And Tomato Pasta Bake

We love a good pasta bake in this house, but I do sometimes get bored doing the same favourites over and over again.

Last night’s dinner was born partly by accident. A while ago I made a yummy version of this that I found in a magazine. When I was shopping I saw Chorizo on special at the supermarket and so I bought the ingredients I could remember from the recipe and thought I would just wing it with the balance.

Slight problem, can not find that recipe ANYWHERE!

So I got my creative on and made it up as I went along, and the result was an incredibly simple by very yummy dinner.

Needless to say, when I decided that I need to share this invention, there was not a lot left to photograph 🙂

pasta

RECIPE (Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large brown onion (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 green capsicum (diced)
  • 2 chorizo sausages (diced)
  • 1 tub grape tomatoes (washed and halved)
  • 250 gm penne pasta
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese

METHOD

  • Place the sliced onion, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar into a small saucepan. Over a medium low heat allow the onions to cook and caramalize, stirring occassionally for approximately 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the penne pasta until just cooked. Drain.
  • In a small fry pan, brown the chorizo pieces until nicely browned.
  • Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place all of the ingredients (except the cheese) into the baking dish and stir well to combine.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 180c, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

This is so tasty and combines a few different flavours that work so well together, enjoy!

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