When I make gnocchi with bacon I typically don’t add a sauce because I find that the bacon is flavorful enough on its own. However, this time I was feeling like something a little different so I made a simple sauce that incorporated the bacon. I balanced the savory flavors of thyme and sage with a touch of brown sugar. The result was a dish that reminded me a lot of fall and Thanksgiving. Not really apropos of summer, but hey, fall will be here before we know it.
Gnocchi and Peas with a Savory Bacon Sauce
- ¼ lb bacon, cubed
- ½ cup thinly sliced shallots, about 4 good sized shallots
- 2 tbsp butter // Depending on how much fat your bacon releases you might not need all of it
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp thyme
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 lbs of gnocchi
- 2 cups of peas
- salt & pepper
- In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, heat a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon and stir occasionally until it is starting to crisp. Add shallots and cook until tender.
- Add butter and brown sugar. Stir until butter is melted.
- Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir to combine into a thick paste. Cook for about 1 minute or until flour is dark brown.
- Add chicken stock in 3 increments stirring well after each addition. This will help keep it from making any lumps.
- Season with sage and thyme. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat until it is at a low simmer. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally until the gnocchi is finished. [At this point the sauce will be pretty thick, I purposely did it so it would thin out slightly when you add the gnocchi directly from the water. If you are planning on using it on its own, you can thin it out slightly with another ¼ cup of chicken stock.]
- At this point, your water should be at a boil. Cook gnocchi according to its directions. When it is finished, use strainer to fish it out of the water and place it in the sauce and stir gently to combine. Once all of the gnocchi is cooked, add the peas to the boiling water. Cook peas until done, strain, and add it to the gnocchi and sauce.