Saturday, 4 October 2008

Gnocchi and pumpkin gratin

As my lady mentioned in an earlier post, she is trying to lose weight prior to our wedding next year. This means diet food, good for her, but not so good for me as I will waste away!

Anyway, this is a recipe from Weight Watchers again, and despite using that weird tasting low fat cooking spray, it was actually not bad! It was quite filling, but that is because we ended up doubling the recipe and the portion sizes! Whoops! Still, apparently it came in at 5 points a portion, and if you know what that means, then well done!! I don't!


  • 800 g butternut squash
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 large red onion
  • Handful fresh sage roughly chopped
  • Low fat cooking spray
  • 1 kg gnocchi
  • 500 g passata
  • Parmesan to grate on the top - not too much, mind, you're on a diet!
Heat the oven to 200C. Peel and chop the squash into ~1cm cubes. This is hard work! If anyone knows a good easy way to peel squash, I would love to hear about it!

Place in a roasting dish with the garlic (skin on), onion (roughly chopped), salt and pepper, and a misting of low fat cooking spray. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until the garlic is soft and the butternut squash is nearly cooked.

Now get your gnocchi out. And also, have a look at the passata (not sure why this warranted a picture now). It looks good. But better if you cook it...

So, cook the gnocchi in some hot water - so hot it is boiling. The pack will probably tell you the best way to do this but I would reckon on about 5 minutes maximum.

Squeeze the garlic out of its skin now and mash up with a fork. Place back in the roasting dish with the squash and onions. Now mix in the cooked and drained gnocchi and the passata. Top it all with some grated parmesan. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling, and the squash is nice and soft.

It should look a bit like this:

Now eat it at once!

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1 comment:

Foodycat said...

That looks really tasty! And if it is healthy too, well that is just a bonus. After I get through with adding cheese it won't be quite so low fat!