Inspiration for this came from LCBO, whose recipe included Speck and Taleggio cheese. Ingredients I have no hope of finding here in PV, so I switched those ingredients for ones more easily found in my grocery. If you are unable to find Taleggio, Manchego or Smoked Provolone, you can sub in Fontina or even regular Provolone.
The flavour of the bacon really shines in this dish, so buy your favourite brand to make this.
Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomatoes & Cream
1 Tablespoons olive oil
6 thick-cut slices bacon, cut into 1/2 ‘ pieces
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 large clove garlic, minced
4 springs fresh thyme
1/4 cup red wine
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup manchego cheese, grated
1/2 cup smoked provolone, grated
2 packs store bought Gnocchi (500 gms each)
In large skillet, over medium heat, cook bacon until nearly crispy. Be careful not to burn it, you don’t want bacon crunches in this dish. Remove from pan , set aside and drain all but 2 Tablespoons bacon fat from the pan.
Add onions to bacon fat and cook over medium – high heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent. About 10 minutes. Do not let them brown. Add tomato paste, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring for another minute, until tomato paste darkens a bit and garlic becomes fragrant. Add thyme sprigs, white wine and chopped tomatoes. Cook, stirring often over high heat for about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a full boil over high heat.
Reduce heat under tomato mixture to very low and add cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted then let simmer slowly while you cook the gnocchi. Stir in bacon
Break apart the gnocchi and carefully add to the large pot of boiling water. Cook Gnocchi only until it rises to the surface of the water. Skim out the cooked gnocchi as it rises to the top of the water with a slotted spoon and add to the tomato cream mixture.
Once all gnocchi has been transferred to the tomato cream mixture, stir the mixture to coat gnocchi.
Pour into serving dish and serve hot.