When combined with the crunchy bacon and walnuts, this dish takes a delicious rustic-turn that I don’t typically associate with these North Italian dumplings.
This recipe is super, super easy which is also perfect for those cold-outside days where you don’t want to exert any extra effort. All you have to do is boil some water and make some bacon. Couldn’t be easier!
When I was younger, I would do the snow dance, full of anticipation for a fun-filled day of sledding, hot cocoa, laughter, and good times with my friends. Now that I’m student teaching, I do the snow dance full of anticipation for a productive day of lesson planning (!!!), meal prep, and cleaning.
My, how the times of changed…
Now, the term “snow day” is a bit of a misnomer. See, in Rutherford county it only takes a forecast of snow to call the school day off… regardless of what the weather actually does. So here I am, in my pajamas, looking out at the non-existent snow and feeling a tad bit cheated. Don’t get me wrong — I am ridiculously appreciative of this “catch up” day, but it just doesn’t feel right without being able to look out and see the “snow” part of this “snow day.”
The last time I was able to enjoy the snow was with my roommate in Leavenworth, Washington — a picturesque “german” town high up in the Cascade Mountains.
Chelsea really loved it. Snow is far and few between in the ‘boro!
Not pictured: the look on her face when she realized just how freaking cold that snowball was.
During these wintry days (snow or no snow!), I crave comfort food that will warm not only my body but also my heart. Macaroni and Cheese, potatoes, soups… and this bacon, walnut, and pesto gnocchi dish.
For the non enlightened, gnocchi are essentially little fluffy pillow-like potato dumplings. Aka, the definition of “comfort [food].”
I promise: every bite will be like a little blanket you get to wrap yourself up in. (is that weird? I don’t even care right now because it’s so accurate)
- ½ lb Gnocchi
- 3 strips of bacon
- 1.5 Tablespoons pesto
- .5 Tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
- Pepper to taste
- Prepare Gnocchi according to package directions
- As the gnocchi being made, cook the bacon and crumble it.
- Combine the gnocchi with crumbled bacon, pesto, olive oil, and walnuts. Season with pepper to taste.
Warm, rustic, acoustic… Dailey and Vincent’s “When I Stop Dreaming” puts you right in mood to enjoy this dish.