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Baked gnocchi with cannellini beans

February's Gino's Challenge

Baked gnocchi with cannellini beans

30 minutes Easy Serves 4
Recipe from: Gino's Veg Italia! - © Photo by David Munns


  • 4 Tablespoons - Olive Oil, Plus Extra For Greasing
  • 2 Cloves - Garlic, Peeled, Sliced
  • 500g - Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, (Red & Yellow), Halved
  • 50ml - Dry White Wine
  • 1 X 400g Tin - Cannellini Beans, Rinsed, Drained
  • 450g - Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 500g - Gnocchi (Shop-Bought), Min. 70% Potato
  • 1 X 125g Ball - Mozzarella Cheese, Drained, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • To Taste - Salt
  • To Taste - Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a baking dish, measuring about 20 x 20cm, and set aside. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic, and as soon as it starts to sizzle add the tomatoes and fry for 1 minute. Pour in the wine and simmer gently until the tomatoes ‘pop’ and release their juices. Tip in the beans and reduce the heat. Allow everything to warm through then add the spinach and cook briefly until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Drop the gnocchi into the boiling water and cook for 2–3 minutes or until they float to the surface. Reserve a ladleful of the cooking water. Drain the gnocchi and tip into the sauce. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of the reserved cooking water to loosen the sauce and stir to combine.

  4. Spoon the gnocchi into the greased baking dish then scatter over the mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Serve hot.

  5. Once you’re done, simply sit back and enjoy your Baked Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes and don’t forget to check out other great authentic Italian recipes including great antipasti recipes, Italian pasta recipes, Italian soup recipes, Italian beef dishes and authentic pizza recipes.

Snap a photo of your finished creation and share it on social media with the hashtag: #GinosChallenge.

Good luck, and remember — cooking is an art, so don’t be afraid to get innovative!

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