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Gnocchi with Carrot and Peas Bolognese
+ baby spinach salad

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

We love dressing up pre-made gnocchi with a hearty homemade sauce. Using frozen veggies, this is a great fall dish that comes together quickly.
Smarts: Don't knock frozen veggies - they can save prepping time and are usually very fresh and economical.


Gnocchi with Carrot and Peas Bolognese:
  • Lean ground beef - 3/4 lb
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Dried oregano - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Celery - 2 stalks, diced
  • Gnocchi - 12 oz
  • Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dried basil - 1/3 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Crushed tomatoes (28 oz / 794 g can) - 1 can
  • Red wine (opt) - 1/4 cup
  • Frozen peas and carrots - 1 1/2 cups
  • Parmesan cheese (opt) - for serving, grated
Baby Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Ground beef - Season ground beef with garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onions / Celery - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil to pan and then garlic, onions, celery, and basil to heated oil and saute for ~5 minutes.
  3. Next add in ground beef and brown with veggies for ~5 minutes.
  4. Next add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and wine if you’re using it. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Fold in frozen veggies and cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and sweetener if it’s too acidic.
  6. Fold gnocchi into bolognese.
  7. Toss baby spinach with vinaigrette. Divide up gnocchi and serve with parmesan cheese if using.

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This meal has 24 reviews

Very tasty and pretty simple. I would add a bit more spice next time, maybe a pinch of CRP.

By: Danica
Posted: Dec 04, 2016
Diet: Original

I didn't have carrots so swapped for sweet potato and threw in some spinach rather than the side salad. Everyone from 1 years olds to 3 years olds and Daddy loved!

By: Jena
Posted: May 05, 2016
Diet: Original

Loved this. Paleo version was really good. Tasty and filling.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Aug 19, 2015
Diet: Paleo

Was a little sceptical, but this was actually pretty yummy. Liked the roasted sweet potatoes as a substitute for pasta.

By: Melanie
Posted: Mar 15, 2015
Diet: Paleo

We felt good about all the extra veggies compared to the normal meat sauce we make, and the gnocchi was a cool change of pace from spaghetti. We used too much celery though, might scale that back.

By: Joanna
Posted: Jan 28, 2015
Diet: Original

I wilted my spinach in the sauce instead of eating it as a salad. Just because.

By: Cara
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Diet: Original