Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

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Gnocchi bolognese with spinach
Gnocchi make a great, and very quick-cooking, alternative to pasta in any recipe. This hearty mince dish is a good way to get kids to eat their spinach.

Ingredients

Takes 30 minutes • Serves 4
– 500g/1lb 2oz lean minced beef
– 1 tsp olive oil
– 2 × 400g cans chopped tomatoes
– 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
– 500g/1lb 2oz gnocchi
– 400g/14oz fresh spinach, washed

– 125g ball reduced-fat mozzarella

Instructions

Step 1: 
Fry the mince in the oil for a few minutes. Tip in the tomatoes and herbs. Fill one of the empty cans with water, add this to the beef, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 2: 
When the bolognese is almost ready, cook the gnocchi according to the packet instructions. Lift from the pan with a spoon.

Step 3: 
Tip half the spinach into a colander then pour some of the boiling gnocchi cooking water over it to
wilt it, then repeat with the second half. Squeeze out as much moisture from the spinach as you can, then leave to drain in the colander. Heat the grill to high.

Step 4: 
Stir the gnocchi and spinach into the bolognese sauce, season, then tip into a large ovenproof dish. Tear the mozzarella into pieces, scatter over, then grill until golden and bubbling.

Food: Gnocchi bolognese with spinach

Note:

• Per serving 518 kcalories, protein 44g, carbohydrate 50g, fat 18g, saturated fat 8g, fibre 6g, sugar 8g, salt 2.40g

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