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Gnocchi Carbonara


Easy flavorful gnocchi carbonara recipe made with simple and easy-to-find ingredients. Cooks in one pan and ready to eat in 15 minutes!

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white plate served with gnocchi and bacon

The classic Gnocchi Carbonara recipe is made with meat pancetta or guanciale and Pecorino Romano cheese. This recipe is a perfect candididate for an easy weeknight dinner since we are using ingredients that are easier to find and making it suitable for everyday real life.

Recipe Features

  • Comfort dish that could be made year-round!
  • Made with only few ingredients, yet still flavorful.
  • Made in one pan, no boiling gnocchi in advance is required.
  • Perfect for picky eaters!
  • Gluten-free friendly.

Key Ingredients

ingredients to make gnocchi carbonara with bacon

Ingredient Notes

  • Use your favorite gnocchi kind. I used two packages of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. These are delicious, gluten-free and made with simple ingredients: cauliflower, cassava flour, potatoe starch, olive oil and salt.
  • Bacon. Uncured, sugar-free kind.
  • Parmesan cheese. Freshly grated would work the best.
  • Egg yolks.

How to make it – Step by step photos

  1. We start with making the cheesy carbonara sauce first. In a small bowl, add separated egg yolks, parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Mix till combined.
white bowl with egg and cheese sauce

2. Then we are frying the bacon. Once cooked, remove the bacon from the skillet and place it temporarily in a separate dish.

cast iron skillet with fried bacon

3. Frying the gnocchi in the same skillet in bacon grease till slightly crispy.

cast iron skillet with fried gnocchi

4. Once the gnocchi are cooked, turn the heat off! Add bacon, egg sauce, Italian seasoning, stir to combine. Garnish and serve.

cast iron skillet with cooked bacon and gnocchi

Recipe Tips

  • Choose quality gnocchi, something you tried and liked.
  • Make sure you use bacon with some fat, it really adds to the final flavor.
  • Grate your own cheese much tastier this way.
  • Dont drain the bacon fat, it will be used to fry the gnocchi.
  • Use large sized, non-stick or well seasoned cast iron skillet.
  • Leftovers. This dish doesn’t taste the same when reheated, serve amd enjoy right away.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is carbonara sauce made of?

The classic Recipe For Gnocchi Carbonara Made With Pancetta And Pecorino Romano Cheese.

Do I need to boil gnocchi before frying?

No, for the best texture skip the pre-boiling step and simply cook them in the pan with some oil or fat.

large cat iron skillet with gnocchi, bacon and yellow sauce

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white plate filled with gnocchi and bacon

Gnocchi Carbonara

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Easy, flavorful gnocchi carbonara recipe made in 15 minutes. This comfort dish is made in one pan with simple and easy-to-find ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 835 kcal

Equipment

  • large cast-iron skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz bacon nitrate-free, sugar-free, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil if needed for frying gnocchi
  • 24 oz gnocchi 2 packages of frozen Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbs water

Instructions
 

  • Make the sauce. In a small bowl, add separated egg yolks, parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Mix till combined.
  • Cook the bacon. Preheat cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add diced bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring. Once cooked, remove the bacon from the skillet and place it temporarily in a separate dish.
  • Cook the gnocchi. Add gnocchi to the same skillet and cook in bacon grease till slightly crispy. Important tip, to get the crispy coating, cook about 2-3 minutes per side, and don't stir in between.
  • Combine. Once the gnocchi are cooked, turn the heat off! Add bacon, egg sauce, Italian seasoning, stir to combine. If the mixture is too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the pan to thin out the sauce.
  • Garnish with more cheese if desired and serve right away.

Notes

Choose quality gnocchi. 
If using Trader Joe’s gnocchi, cook from frozen.
Ensure the pan is well preheated and there is enough oil or fat before adding to the pan. 
Please make sure you use bacon with some fat; it really adds to the flavor.
For best flavor, grate your own cheese.
This recipe feeds four hungry adults, reduced the amounts accordingly.
Shortcut tip. Use kitchen shears to slice the bacon right into the pan. 

Nutrition

Calories: 835kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 15gFat: 72gSaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 266mgSodium: 1074mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 464IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 345mgIron: 4mg
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