Gnocchi and Spinach in Parmesan Cream Sauce

Tender potato gnocchi and baby spinach served in a homemade parmesan cream sauce, topped off with crispy bacon. An easy dinner, perfect for any night of the week!

Gnocchi and spinach in parmesan cream sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Quick weather update. We didn’t get snow. At all. And I’m totally okay with that. It’s funny how when this storm was being tracked they first had us at 8-10″+ and in the end it wasn’t even a dusting. I was actually looking ahead in the weather and it’s currently looking like we might have near 50 degree weather in February. So incredibly weird. I’m kind of hoping this means we might have an early Spring and a super warm Summer. Only time will tell!

I watched my first football game of the season last night. Can you tell I’m a super devoted fan? I figured, why not? It’s one of the last games of the season and the home team is in… or was. What a bad game to tune in for. There’s always next year. I’ll still watch the Super Bowl, but mostly for the commercials and halftime show. And here’s to hoping that it’s all better than last year.

I need your help. I’m on the hunt for a huge cutting board. One that preferably also doesn’t cost a fortune. I’ve looked as many places online I can think of without any luck. If you have any great ideas, I’m all ears!

Gnocchi and spinach in parmesan cream sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

The first time I ever had gnocchi was in Chicago last year. It’s kind of ridiculous that it took me so long to try it given my love for potatoes. I fell in love the moment that little dumpling hit my mouth. Little edible pillows of deliciousness.

This super easy family friendly dish is perfect for any night of the week. A big bonus… it takes just 20 minutes to whip up! Tender potato gnocchi and baby spinach are coated in a creamy homemade parmesan cream sauce and topped off with crispy bacon.

If you love potatoes and cheese, you have to add this to your dinner plans!

Gnocchi and spinach in parmesan cream sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: Serves 2-4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Gnocchi with Spinach in Parmesan Cream Sauce

Tender potato gnocchi and baby spinach served in a homemade parmesan cream sauce, topped off with crispy bacon. An easy dinner, perfect for any night of the week!


  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1lb potato gnocchi
  • 1Tb unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2Tb all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4C heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5Tb Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2C packed baby spinach


  1. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add garlic, sauteeing for 30 seconds. Whisk in flour. Slowly drizzle in heavy cream, whisking continuously. Season with salt. When mixture is steaming, add cheese, whisking until smooth and thickened. Reduce heat to lowest setting, allow to simmer, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a full boil, add gnocchi and cook until gnocchi begins to float. Carefully drain. 
  3. In a 12-inch skillet, over medium heat, cook 2 slices of bacon. Drain on paper towels and chop into small pieces. Reserve bacon fat in pan. 
  4. Add gnocchi to 12-inch skillet with bacon fat, frying until all sides are crisp. Add spinach, tossing until fully wilted. Pour in cream sauce, stirring to coat well. 
  5. Serve warm with chopped bacon.

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Gnocchi and spinach in parmesan cream sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel
Gnocchi and spinach in parmesan cream sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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22 Responses to “Gnocchi and Spinach in Parmesan Cream Sauce”

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — January 25, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I need to add this to my dinner menu soon! I love the creamy parmesan sauce and I can never resist gnocchi!

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

      You definitely need to! :)

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    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — January 25, 2016 at 9:19 am

    We had lots of snow…I’ll send you some. This is the perfect snow day meal and so simple. My family will love it!

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

      Haha you can definitely keep the snow. I’m glad we’re not getting slammed this year.

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    Jessica — January 25, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I have saved this recipe – it looks so warm and cozy and easy for a winter weeknight.

    I bought a handcrafted cutting board at a farmers market in New London, NH that was beautiful, sturdy, and not terribly expensive. I don’t still have the business card with the contact information, but it was made by Robert Dakin. Here are a couple of links that may help you track him down if you are interested:

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely have to look him up! It might be worth a trip up that way just to get the perfect board. :)

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — January 25, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Oh….I wish I had cutting board suggestions! I’m always hesitant to buy one because they cost so much!

    Love the gnocchi and that dreamy creamy sauce!

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

      Some boards I’ve found are ridiculously overpriced but maybe I’m just being stingy. ;)

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    Amy @BellyFull — January 25, 2016 at 11:46 am

    No snow for us, obvi. BUT we have been getting tons and tons of rain. We need it so badly, though, so no complaints. It’s nice to see green again. This dish is so me. Anything with spinach. Printing!

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

      Thanks so much Amy! And maybe the weather will be just weird enough one day to get some snow your way. ;)

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — January 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    We are also supposed to be warm in February – 60s to be exact – such a crazy weather system this year! But this gnocchi and cream sauce is perfect -for me-ANYTIME – especially since it has bacon!!!
    Rachel – is there an IKEA near you, Rachel? Because I’ve seen some huge cutting boards there.

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      It’s seriously such strange weather! Unfortunately Ikea is an hour away so I don’t get there nearly often enough. I’ll keep an eye out the next time I’m there though. Thanks for the tip!

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    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — January 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I need to try this! Looks delish!

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      You do! And thank you!

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    Megan Keno — January 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Gnocchi is seriously my favorite Italian dish and then you went and added bacon pieces on top with that cream ? I must be dreaming!

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      Bacon makes everything better! :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 25, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    We got maybe 5 snowflakes and then it just stopped. But if I drive 25 minutes soup they got 10 inches. It was such a weird storm! This gnocchi looks so delicious and I want extra bacon on my bowl :)

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      Ha! You really lucked out! And thanks so much!! :)

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    Heather — August 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Rachel! I made this for dinner tonight and it was DIVINE!!! It’s definitely something I’d make again!!! My sister-in-law is counting her Macros and even though she can’t have a lot, she tried a few bites and loved every mouthful. :). Thank you for a delicious recipe!

    • Rachel — August 29th, 2016 @ 7:44 am

      So glad to hear you both enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing, Heather! :)

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    Elizabeth — November 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Drove 5 hours home from family Thanksgiving today and made this for dinner! Easy and very delishish!!

    • Rachel — November 26th, 2016 @ 7:29 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it, Elizabeth! :)

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