Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
30 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups gnocchi mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)

Pancetta is cured unsmoked Italian bacon available at the grocery deli counter. It gives this elegant dish a deep, savory note. If you can't find gnocchi, substitute another short pasta.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Keep warm.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.

Step 3

Add shallots and asparagus to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add gnocchi, pancetta, reserved cooking liquid, juice, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute. Serve with cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

SteeleRhonda's Review

May 21, 2012
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.

kristen12345's Review

March 24, 2013

myzkyti's Review

May 12, 2012
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!

veryslowcook's Review

February 22, 2011
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.

carolinablonde's Review

March 27, 2009
Used bacon instead of pancetta - very good. Will definitely have again. Easy weeknight recipe.

Cindyhn's Review

May 16, 2011
Loved this, simple, easy and very fresh tasting! My husband loved it too! Used Parmesan/Asiago cheese! YUM!

LtRecipeGal's Review

March 15, 2012
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.

flambe99's Review

July 20, 2011
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's Review

October 31, 2011
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.

bojangles64's Review

June 27, 2011