The other day I was at home with the day off and got hungry for lunch.  I didn’t want to buy lunch because I had bought breakfast so I started rummaging in my fridge to see what I had.  The day before I (on a whim) bought some packaged gnocchi so I figured I would use some of that.  I also realized that I had some fresh fava beans from the farmers’ market that had to be used up  stat.  And because I’m me, I had some bacon.

I took to the interwebs to see what I could make and didn’t really find anything so I decided to freestyle.  Bacon/pancetta and fava beans is a pretty common combination so I figured I could cook those two together.  To bind the fava bean and bacon combination the idea of a cream sauce sounded appealing.  Then I’d toss the gnocchi in.

I had never cooked with fava beans so I had to do some googling to figure out how to prepare them.  Turns out you not only have to remove them from the big pods but then blanch them, remove the waxy outer pod and then cook again.  A lot of work but so worth it for those wonderfully creamy beans.

The dish turned out AMAZING.  I thought it would be good, possibly even great but it was really pretty amazing.  I added a whole clove of garlic to the cream to infuse the sauce with a subtle garlic flavour and also added a handful of grated parmesan to add to the creaminess.  The only downside was that there was a BIT too much of that bacon fat taste, next time I’d pour a bit of it off.

Of course I didn’t measure things as I went along but I’ll post a rough guide on how to prepare this below.

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8 Responses to Gnocchi with Fava Beans and Bacon

  1. WOMPblog says:

    {new blog entry} Gnocchi with Fava Beans and Bacon http://goo.gl/fb/QeTNw

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  2. foodie411 says:

    @samanthadjr will want to make this. RT @wonTONfm: RT @WOMPblog: {new blog entry} Gnocchi with Fava Beans and Bacon http://bit.ly/aqACJP

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  3. Mojgan says:

    This looks great! And I have all the ingredients! Since am working from home today am going to make this for lunch!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have all the ingredients and will be making this today! Nom nom nom! RT @WOMPblog: Gnocchi with Fava Beans and Bacon http://bit.ly/aqACJP

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  5. Look at the fava bean concoction I’m eating tonight! Thanks @wonTONfm http://bit.ly/by16jZ http://twitpic.com/2c96pb

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  6. Kristin says:

    Beautiful. I think I will try this too.

  7. TheFlatBelow says:

    @_aims Looks and sounds delicious– Gnocchi with Fava Beans and Bacon http://bit.ly/alNX3s

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