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Gnocchi Bolognese

Gnocchi Bolognese

Yield: 6 servings as an Entreé
Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hour and 45 minutes
Creator: Takes Two Eggs

Enjoy a glass of Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon with this hearty Gnocchi Bolognese. This classic pasta dish features a zesty meat sauce with just the right amount of sweetness. The rich cabernet sauvignon flavors harmonize with the tender ground beef and rich tomato base for a date night recipe that’s sure to satisfy.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup celery, finely diced
  • ½ cup carrot, finely diced
  • ¾ (12 oz) ground beef
  • ¾ (12 oz) ground pork
  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/8 Nutmeg
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can of peeled Italian tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped juices reserved
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ lb Gnocchi
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, freshly grated
  • Basil


  1. Put the oil, butter diced onion and chopped garlic in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion until it has become translucent.
  2. Then add the diced celery and carrot and toss to combine. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until slightly tender.
  3. Add the ground beef, ground pork, pancetta, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Crumble the meat and stir well for about 4-5 minutes or until browned and the meat is cooked through.
  4. Add the milk and nutmeg. Bring the milk to a simmer stirring frequently until it has reduced away, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and stir to combine and simmer until it has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes, fish sauce, thyme, and bay leaf. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover partially and lower to a simmer for 1 hour. Then discard the bay leaf.
  7. Cook the gnocchi in boiled salted water until al dente according to the package instructions. Then drain well.
  8. Toss the gnocchi in the bolognese. Serve in deep bowls and garnish with fresh basil and freshly grated parmigianno reggiano cheese.

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Pairing Recommendation - Cabernet

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