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Gnocchi with Zucchini and Smoked Pancetta

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This simple pasta made of only a few ingredients is a real comfort food you can make at any time. It can be your weekday meal or even served for a special events. The result is a fresh delicate taste perfect for seasoning pasta.

Take advantage of zucchini being in season with this classic dish. The crunchy pancetta brings its wonderful saltiness, creating a balanced and refreshing dish perfect for the warmer months ahead.

Smoked pancetta with its saltiness complement great with sweetness of zucchini.

Ingredients for this simple gnocchi dish

The list of ingredients for this pasta dish is short. For this kind of dishes we love to use fresh gnocchi (from your local food store or even the better, real Italian pasta store if you happen to have one near you) as this brings the dish to higher level.

Besides fresh gnocchi you will need ZUCCHINI, SMOKED PANCETTA (sliced), OLIVE OIL and SALT & PEPPER, for seasoning.

Steps for making this gnocchi dish

Once you prepared zucchini (cut into smaller pieces) as well as slices of pancetta (cut into smaller pieces) you are all set to prepare this pasta dish.

  1. First, fry smoked pancetta in a frying pan for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Now, it's time for prepare zucchini. Cut each zucchini into quarters lenghthwise then cut into smaller pieces.

  3. Drizzle the oil into a frying pan the add cutted zucchini. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes, until it's slightly caramelised. Add pancetta and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Leave aside.

  4. Cook gnocchi into a large pot of salted water. You will need only 3-4 minutes to cook them depending on the gnocchi.

  5. Now, transfer gnocchi using a slotted spoon to the pan with zucchini and pancetta and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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Gnocchi with Zucchini and
Smoked Pancetta

SERVES: 4 servings
COOKS IN: 25 minutes


  • 600g fresh gnocchi (21 oz)
  • 230g zucchini (1/2 lb)
  • 100g stripes of smoked pancetta (3 1/2 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & black pepper to taste


  1. Place a large pot of salted water to the boil for cooking the gnocchi.

  2. In the meantime, wash the zucchini, trim them, cut in half lengthwise, then in half again, then slice them.

  3. Cut the strips of pancetta into smaller pieces.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the whole peeled garlic clove and fry briefly, then add the pancetta and zucchini.

  5. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the garlic.

  6. Put the pasta into boiling water and cook for 5-6 minutes.

  7. Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain and pour straight into the pan and stir thoroughly. Serve immediately.

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