Saffron Gnocchi Carbonara

the great comfort of eating in

Away for a week on another eat-and-shoot plus errands trip abroad.

Sharing one of my all-time favourite comfort dishes of mine here :)

Will be back in a bit ….

Ingredients (for 2)

  • Gnocchi ready made of about 200 g (100 g per person) – from Meidi-ya supermarket
  • 200 ml of heavy cream
  • 6 strips of bacon, cut into bite sized before crisping them up
  • 1 cup of bite sized broccoli (optional)
  • Ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
  • 2 poached eggs
  • A few shavings of Parmesan / Grand Padano to garnish
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of chopped shallots

Method

  1. The ready-made gnocchi is a gift if you do not want to make them from scratch, drop them into boiling water for about 10 minutes or less until chewy, drain and set aside.
  2. If having broccoli, add them into the same pot of gnocchi to blanch for about 1-2 minutes, drain together with gnocchi.
  3. On a frying pan, add in a few drizzles of olive oil on medium heat (becareful not to let it smoke).
  4. Add in chopped shallots followed by garlic to stir fry until aromatic.
  5. Slide in the bacon bits until crisp. Take out half of them to set aside on a kitchen towel.
  6. Lower the heat, drizzle in the heavy cream to warm through.
  7. Season the cream sauce with salt and pepper now. Add in saffron now to stir in evenly.
  8. While waiting for saffron’s colour to seep through the cream sauce, poach the eggs, and drain them on the kitchen towel to absorb excess moisture.
  9. Combine the sauce well with the blanched gnocchi and broccoli. Season more if needed.
  10. Serve it warm, gently place a poach egg onto the dish, then sprinkle the crispy bacon bits (set aside just now) onto the dish.

Voila! Enjoy!

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