Creamy Gnocchi Bake with Broccoli, Cheddar and Spinach

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Creamy Gnocchi Bake with Broccoli, Cheddar and Spinach

Limahl Asmall

"If you're in the mood for quick and easy, healthy(ish) comfort food you're in the right place. This creamy gnocchi recipe combines broccoli and spinach in a delicious sauce, laden with cheddar and a hint of Dijon mustard. The best thing about this recipes is that you're likely to have most of the ingredients lying around in your cupboard! This makes it a go-to quick, easy and cheap recipe! If you like a chilli kick, this is superb with a sprinkle of chilli flakes. Enjoy!"

Cook Time: 25 mins | Servings: 2 | Difficulty: Easy

2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 small onion
2 spring onions
1 small broccoli head
1 small cauliflower
50g cheddar cheese
50g blue cheese
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp flour
200ml milk
200ml single cream
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
400g Gnocchi
166g cooked pasta
125g Spinach
125g leafy greens

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C Fan / 200C / Gas 6. Boil a full kettle of water.
  2. Mince 2 cloves garlic and finely dice 1 small onion. Pick the head of broccoli into florets. Chop a 50g piece of cheddar into 1 cm cubes.
  3. Heat a medium-sized pan over a medium high heat and add 1/2 tbsp butter.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  5. Add the remaining butter and 2 tbsp flour. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring well.
  6. Slowly pour in 200ml (2/3 of a coffee mug) milk, constantly stirring.
  7. Add ½ tsp Dijon mustard and 1 pinch of black pepper. Stir well and continue to stir until the sauce thickens.
  8. Meanwhile, add broccoli florets and gnocchi to a pot of boiling water and cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes.
  9. Drain the gnocchi and the broccoli and add to the roux.
  10. Add 125g spinach, one handful at a time until wilted. Add the cubes of cheddar and mix together. taste test and season with salt and pepper as necessary.
  11. Transfer the gnocchi to a baking tray and top a grating of cheddar.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes, until bubbly and melted., then serve with a pinch of chilli flakes if you like an extra kick!

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