Recipe Review

Chicken and Bacon Gnocchi Is the Perfect Comfort Food

published Mar 13, 2019
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Some days call for carbs and cream sauce, and gnocchi are one of the most perfect comfort foods you’ll ever find. They’re soft, chewy, bite-sized puffs of starchy goodness that combine some of the best parts of pasta and mashed potatoes.

And if you want to take gnocchi to an even more decadent level, try serving it in this rich preparation that combines gnocchi with chicken sautéed in rendered bacon fat, and coats it all in a sauce of heavy cream and Parmesan, with crispy bacon on top for a bit of texture. It’s very rich, but if you’re looking for comfort food, you can’t go wrong with bacon, cheese, and potato pasta.

On top of being a carb-heavy blanket of starch, cream, and bacon, this rich pasta dish is also a super-easy one-pot meal. Start by frying bacon in a deep skillet until it’s crispy, then remove the bacon and use the rendered bacon fat to sauté bite-sized pieces of chicken breast. Once the chicken has turned white and doesn’t look pink anymore, add minced garlic and give it a stir to combine them.

Make the sauce by adding chicken broth, heavy cream, the cooked bacon, and Italian seasoning right to the skillet of chicken and garlic. The gnocchi cooks directly in the sauce, so add the package of pasta to the pan and stir it well to make sure everything is combined. Cover the pan and let the gnocchi simmer in the sauce for about four minutes to make sure the gnocchi and chicken are both cooked, then let it cook a little longer with the lid off, to let the sauce reduce a bit so it’s thick and creamy. Once it looks delicious and ready to eat, stir in half a cup of freshly grated Parmesan and let it melt into the sauce. It’s ready to eat right away.

Get the recipe: Chicken Bacon Gnocchi from Salt and Lavender

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