Gnocchi with Bacon and Spinach

Gnocchi with bacon spinach sauce on a white plate.

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This easy recipe for gnocchi with bacon and spinach is a great all in one dinner! The mixture of tomato spinach and bacon makes a perfect gnocchi sauce, and it’s ready in just a half hour,


  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 4 ounces baby spinach (about 5 cups)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Cook bacon in a large deep skillet over medium high heat until done to your liking. Add tomatoes, sugar, pepper, and vinegar and saute for about five minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add gnocchi. Cook according to package directions until gnocchi are done (usually when they float to the top).
  3. Add spinach to gnocchi and cook for about 30 seconds until wilted. Drain gnocchi and spinach mixture and add to sauce.
  4. Gently toss with tongs until combined. Divide among plates and top with Parmesan.


    • Gnocchi: These little pasta dumplings are almost always available in the fresh pasta section of your supermarket near the ravioli (oh, and I should mention that this sauce is also amazing with ravioli!).

    • Balsamic Vinegar: This is a dark, concentrated, intensely flavored vinegar with a sweet, tart, and complex flavor because it is aged more than regular vinegar. Just a little gives a rich flavor to this sauce.

    • Red Pepper: This is going to give your sauce just a little bit of sass…you can add more if you want things a little more spicy, or you can leave it out or swap in some black pepper if you want to take things down a notch.