Friday, 14 September 2018

Rach Eats Lunch: Spicy Baked Gnocchi

Baked spicy gnocchi recipe

I've had me quite a busy morning, I think. I wasn't quite expecting it to be so full on! It all started so well - I got up early, had my breakfast (cereal, if you're wondering), decided to sit and wait for the post, and then thought, "Ooh, I know - I'll have a shower!" - which was a great idea, because just as I got started... a van pulled up outside. A delivery. Woohoo. Basically, I did an impression of Dame Barbara Cartland, complete with hair in a towel and a hot pink fluffy dressing gown. Sorry for the mental image, guys. Anyway... this parcel. It was only the biggest box I have ever, ever laid eyes on. About the size of two 50" TVs, possibly three. But it was lightweight too, so that meant I could easily push it into the living room. But it was awkward. So awkward. But I did it. What. A. Morning. Then I resumed my shower.

Today's recipe is a super duper Use It All Up kinda gig - if you've got gnocchi left over because you've not eaten it yet (which is a crime if you ask me), this is the one for you. It combines a good bit of cheese, one serving of veggies (two, if they allowed potatoes on the list), salty ham and spicy hot sauce. It's a flavour explosion in your mouth, therefore you should try it.


(Gnocchi your average lunch)

Serves 1

You'll need:
250g gnocchi, fresh or packet
150ml plain soya milk
60g grated cheddar cheese, plus a bit more to sprinkle over
30g feta cheese, crumbled
10g plain flour
10g margerine
1 teaspoon hot sauce
30g frozen peas, defrosted
1 piece ham, roughly torn

1. First of all, boil up a pan of hot water and grab both the blender and a glass ovenproof dish. Don't forget to preheat your oven to 180℃ too! Drop in the gnocchi and wait about five minutes or so (might be more, might be less) until the gnocchi rises to the surface. Turn off the hob and drain the gnocchi.

2. Add the soya milk and margerine to a jug and pop it in the microwave on full power for 3 minutes. Take it out of the microwave and stir it up, then add to a blender jug along with the flour and cheese. Whizz it up until it makes a super smooth sauce, then stir in the hot sauce. Rip the ham into shreds too!

3. Pour the sauce over the gnocchi and stir it up, then transfer it to the ovenproof dish, along with the ham and the peas. Pop the dish in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it's piping hot. Take the dish out of the oven and leave for about 5 minutes... then... pop it on a plate (or in a bowl) and serve!

That was lovely - the saltyness of feta cheese is a perfect addition to cheese sauce, and it was wonderfully filling - I highly recommend this recipe!

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