Do you love gnocchi? They are one of the foods that immediately remind me of high school, because my Italian teacher booked the kitchens for one lesson and we made potato gnocchi together as a class and ate it for lunch. But, with two kids I don’t eat gnocchi as much as I would like, because I’m a gnocchi snob thanks it my high school Italian teacher and won’t buy it premade. But polenta gnocchi? It’s super simple and this polenta gnocchi pie is a kid favourite!
You might be looking at the pictures and thinking what the hell? Has she gone totally mad? It’s sooo pretty, right? Kind of like pinterest pretty, but that’s where the prettiness ends. You don’t have to make heart shapes with your polenta gnocchi. Just cut it into little squares.
This is basically a bolognaise sauce with the polenta gnocchi on top. You could put any other sauce underneath. Make it meat-free if you like, just add some chickpeas or other veg to bulk up the sauce.
I have to be honest here: my kids like their veggies more on the crunchy side so I cook the sauce a little under what I’m putting in the method. If your kids like theirs crunchy…then cut 5 minutes off the original cook of the sauce. If your kids hate veggies and you’re trying to smuggle them…blitz the sauce before it goes under the gnocchi!
The great thing about this meal, is you can make the sauce and the gnocchi the day before, or make them both as a double batch. Then just assemble and pop in the oven for a dinner in 20! I prep it at lunchtime and then bake at dinner.