Tuscan Pork & Gnocchi with Spinach & Romesco-Tomato Sauce
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Tuscan Pork & Gnocchi

with Spinach & Romesco-Tomato Sauce

25 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

For a savory boost of flavor, we’re finishing this rich pork gnocchi with two stir-ins: creamy mascarpone cheese and our romesco sauce (a bold, Spanish-style sauce made with almonds, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and more).

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  • Nutrition
  • Calories
    710 Cals (est.)
Tuscan Pork & Gnocchi with Spinach & Romesco-Tomato Sauce
  • 18 oz Ground Pork
  • 17.6 oz Gnocchi
  • 5 oz Baby Spinach
  • ½ lb Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Tbsp Tuscan Spice Blend (Ground Fennel Seeds, Whole Fennel Seeds, Ground Rosemary & Ground Sage)
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • 6 Tbsps Romesco Sauce (Contains Almonds)
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

2 Brown the pork & start the sauce

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork, half the spice blend (you will have extra), and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced peppers and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened.

Brown the pork & start the sauce
Finish the sauce
3 Finish the sauce

Add the tomato paste to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the pork is cooked through. Turn off the heat.

4 Cook the gnocchi

Meanwhile, add the gnocchi to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the gnocchi float to the top of the pot. Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 1/2 cups of the gnocchi cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the gnocchi
Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish
5 Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked gnocchi, add the cooked pork and sauce, spinach, and half the reserved gnocchi cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the spinach is wilted. Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and romesco sauce until thoroughly combined and the gnocchi are coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the gnocchi are thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished gnocchi garnished with the parmesan. Enjoy!

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