Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta

  • GramercyGal Posted: 05/02/10
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    This was delicious! It was also easy and seriously fast. I skipped the shallots, because I didn't have them on hand, and used frozen asparagus tips and cubed pancetta. I also used the entire lemon for juice and zest as well and added a pinch of red pepper flakes... yummy! I didn't think it was too salty, but that's also because I added extra lemon. It will definitely go into the week night dinner rotation.

  • DianaS Posted: 10/25/09
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    ew, yuck! this was awful. i almost threw it out, but choked it down after blanketing it in parmesan. however, i will say that it was partly not the recipe's fault. the dried gnocchi i got from target was weird, and the pancetta i got was insanely salty. i omitted the salt and the result was still too salty. also, it was too sour. don't know who's fault that was. i used white wine per other reviewers. the one thing it did have going for it: it looked just like the picture.

  • veryslowcook Posted: 02/22/11
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    A very nice dish that's easy & quick to put together. I forgot about the lemon juice and didn't miss it at all. It's amazing how much flavor a little pancetta kicks in! Will make this one again.

  • CherylR1954 Posted: 06/03/09
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    I didn't even use the Parmesan and I loved this dish. I'm also going to try it w/a whole wheat sweet potato gnocchi that's available at Amazon.com since both ingredients are more consistent w/the diet my physician has recommended to me. Very easy and easy. Refrigerated leftovers reheated just fine; I'm going to have to see how it held up to freezing.

  • lksmithnj Posted: 05/13/09
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    Ugh. Edible, but if I'm going to spend 45 minutes preparing dinner I'll do something else instead of this. Followed the recipe, as well as other reviewers suggestions, and it just isn't worth the effort. Sorry CL..."you're goin' home!!!"

  • BlueeyedSara7 Posted: 02/10/11
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    Quite tasty. Originally I intended to make my own gnocchi but instead I used whole wheat sweet potato gnocchi to up the nutrition. I also used white wine instead of reserved liquid. I didn't add red pepper flakes but probably will next time. I had prepped shallots for this dish and leeks for another so I inadvertently used 1/2 c. leeks in this recipe but I don't know if it made much difference. I will make again.

  • maggieapril Posted: 11/24/08
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    I love this recipe. To make it a main dish meal, I add lots of sauteed yellow squash and zuchinni. The tomatoes and roasted red pepper sound like good suggestions, too.

  • ALemaniak Posted: 05/16/09
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    This was really really yummy and diet friendly. I did use a white wine instead of the reserved liquid and it was very yummy. I can't wait to eat the leftovers!

  • SarahElizabeth Posted: 12/03/08
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    This is absolutely delicious. When I make it, I use about 6 oz of pancetta instead of the reccomended 2 oz. And if you aren't into gnocchi, use bow-tie pasta. This dish is easy to prepare and is so quick!

  • carolinablonde Posted: 03/27/09
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    Used bacon instead of pancetta - very good. Will definitely have again. Easy weeknight recipe.

  • bjgadola Posted: 05/17/09
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    I used cheese tortellini instead of the gnocchi and prosciutto instead of pancetta (which I find too fatty). I also omitted the extra salt. This was very tasty, but too dry. I will make it again, but will look for suggestions on keeping it moister.

  • Lauren5555 Posted: 01/21/10
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    I thought this recipe was great! I probably wouldn't serve to company, but I would definitely make it again and again for myself. I followed the recipe, except like other reviewers, i substituted the reserved liquid for wine, added more lemon juice, and used prosciutto. I didn't find it too salty at all! I'd probably steam the asparagus next time since that's my preferred cooking method for that veggie. I bought gnocchi from Trader Joe's that was really good, and served it with a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

  • JessicaLuu Posted: 06/07/10
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    This was very tasty and easy to prepare. Great flavor combination. Mine turned out sour, but that was because my lemon juice had expired. Since then I only use freshly squeezed lemon juice from real lemons in every recipe, and I have not had that problem again.

  • nowwerecooking Posted: 10/16/10
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    Wow! This was fabulous. I followed other reviewers' suggestions to replace cooking liquid with white wine and add tomatoes and red pepper flakes. I served with a green salad with pears and red wine vinaigrette. My husband said it was like something from a fancy Italian restaurant. It took me a bit longer than 30 minutes but maybe next time it will go more quickly.

  • Sparklegirl80 Posted: 05/16/11
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    I loved this. Prepped everything in advance so it went quickly after that. It looked exactly like the picture and tasted great!

  • TwilightMom Posted: 05/13/11
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    This was a very tasty dish. I used cheese tortellini instead of gnocchi, because I couldn't find gnocchi in the supermarket I visited. I also used white wine (about 1/2 cup) instead of water. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned how dry this pasta was; it could definitely use a bit of a sauce. I'll be interested to see if anyone makes a saucier version. My husband liked this, and I'll definitely make it again.

  • Cindyhn Posted: 05/16/11
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    Loved this, simple, easy and very fresh tasting! My husband loved it too! Used Parmesan/Asiago cheese! YUM!

  • goosesc Posted: 05/18/11
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    This was tasty, however the crunchiness of the asparagus and the chewiness of the gnocchi was not my favorite combination. I might try this again with another green instead of asparagus.

  • Belladonna714 Posted: 05/20/11
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    Loved it! I had to turn the heat down a little to avoid burning the shallots, but this may be because I drained all the pancetta oil from the pan before adding veggies, not sure if that's right but it seemed like a lot of unnecessary calories. I did not have the problem that other reviewers did with finding the pasta too dry, as soon as I added the reserved liquid to the mixture it was coated just fine. I served this with the recommended mesclun salad, also very good. I will make this again for sure!

  • flambe99 Posted: 07/20/11
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    This was a fantastic dinner! I followed the recipe exactly. I did find the pasta a bit sticky but once I added the reserved water, it was perfect. I loved the contrast of the chewy gnocchi and crunchy asparagus. I will definitely be making this again.

  • allygatoruf Posted: 10/31/11
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    One of my favorites for a quick weeknight dinner. I sub regular onion for the shallots and use a mix of whatever white wine I have on hand and reserved pasta water to finish the sauce. Easy to prepare, and hearty without being heavy.

  • ChefJenn Posted: 11/01/11
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    Was VERY easy to make so not sure what people are saying about 'effort'. I used fresh gnocci from whole foods so only had to cook it 1 min. Unfortunately, I was an idiot and threw out ALL the water and forgot to reserve any. Also used zucchini instead of asparagus b/c I'm not a huge fan of asparagus. Also threw in some chicken with the zucchini while cooking for some protein. Added a little more lemon than was called for but I really enjoyed this. Gnocci was a little gummy but that was my fault for throwing out the water. Next time I'll tweak it and add a little white wine.

  • VickiJames Posted: 01/12/12
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    This is a favorite of mine. I will confess, though, to using more pancetta than the recipe calls for.

  • Mleigh Posted: 03/08/12
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    This had more flavor than I thought it would from reading the ingredient list. I used the vacuum-packed gnocchi as specified in the recipe and didn't have a problem with dryness.

  • LtRecipeGal Posted: 03/15/12
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    My husband and I really liked this recipe. It had great flavor and was very easy to make. I substituted reduced fat bacon for the pancetta and sweet onion for the shallots because that's what I had on hand. Next time I'll add more onion (or shallots) and more asparagus. I added an extra dash of olive oil at the end because I was worried the dish would be too dry. We will be having this again soon.

  • SteeleRhonda Posted: 05/21/12
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    I used sweet potato gnocchi and added shredded grilled chicken for a little more heartiness. It was delicious!!! The only things I will tweek are adding a little more pancetta & I would cook the gnocchi when all of the other ingredients are done.

  • myzkyti Posted: 05/12/12
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    This was fabulous, and so fast! I used four cheese tortellini since I didn't have gnocchi on hand, and also added some halved cherry tomatoes and fresh baby spinach, right before adding the pancetta and pasta back into the pan. I will definitely be making this one again and again!

  • daneanp Posted: 01/16/14
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    This was pretty good. I used more pancetta than the recipe called for. My family tends to prefer the CL Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto recipe from September 2010 just a bit more than this one though.

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