Gnocchi Alla Carbonara

Gnocchi alla carbonara is delicious and I am super sad that I didn’t invent it. I totally thought I did. I was looking in the cupboard at the gnocchi (I am team store-bought gnocchi all the way) and didn’t really want marinara and realized I had carbonara fixings and tada! I pulled it all together. Alas, my recipe invention status was not to be had. I had to check for the spellings of the recipe (so many things to get wrong: gnocci/gnocchi and alla/ala) and there was gnocchi alla carbonara, auto-populating my google results. Whatever.

gnocchi with bacon

Behold! Gnocchi alla carbonara – a dish more delicious than attractive, but so, so delicious.
Serves 2 to 4 depending on hunger levels/other dishes

1 package pre-made gnocchi (I love the trader joe’s one)
3 strips bacon
1 egg
freshly ground black pepper lots/to taste
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Put water on for gnocchi (follow package directions)
  2. In a pan on medium/medium-high heat, get bacon cooking
  3. When bacon is done cooking, remove from pan. Put on plate with paper towels to blot some grease and then chop and set aside. Do not discard bacon grease from bacon pan.
  4. Gnocchi should be going in the boiling water right about now.
  5. Measure out parmesan and set aside.
  6. Crack and lightly beat egg into a measuring cup or small bowl. Grind some pepper in to the egg and keep that grinder handy.
  7. Make sure your prep work is done by the time the gnocchi is cooked.
  8. Ready? Let’s go! Do the following in order as quickly as possible and be ready to serve. (I normally make a salad before I start making the carbonara and call it good for dinner).
  • Drain gnocchi in colander in the sink, return to pan.
  • Pour bacon grease from bacon pan over gnocchi to coat, not all of it. Just make them shiny.
  • Add egg. Toss to coat.
  • Add chopped bacon, gently mix
  • Add more pepper, gently mix
  • Add parmesan, gently mix
  • Put in dishes, add more black pepper and parmesan to top. Serve with more parmesan/pepper on the side if the people eating have different levels of cheesy, peppery goodness levels.


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