“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Pasta „
I love pasta and we eat quite a lot of it. While browsing in my local Sainsbury's I came across Gnocchi. I had never tried it before so I thought I would give it a try.
You can find Gnocchi in the chilled section next to the fresh pasta, a 500g bag costs £1.50. However it is often on offer 2 for £2.
For those of you who like me didn't know what gnocchi is it, it is basically a potato dumpling made for a mixture of potato and wheat flour. Gnocchi is eaten in Italy usually with a sauce as an alternative to pasta.
To cook the gnocchi you simply add to boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes.
The gnocchi is shaped like little rounded discs. When I first tried it I expected it to have the smae texture as pasta, however it is different, I would decribe it as light and fluffy with a slight chew to it. It doesn't taste heavily of potato, instead the flavour is subtle. I have tried dried gnocchi from the pasta aisle and it isn't half as nice as the fresh version so it is definately worth paying the extra.
I find gnocchi really filling a lot more so than pasta, it does state on the packet a serving is 250g or half a packet, this is a lot I normally get 3 servings out of the packet. It is really nice served with a tomato based sauce and some garlic bread. It is also nice with just garlic butter or pesto stirred in.
I much prefer gnocchi to pasta now. It is even nice cold in a lunchbox with some salad for work. It is filling and also low in fat.
The nutritional value is listed as per 250g;
Energy kCal 381kCal
of which sugars 1.0g
of which saturates Trace
I would definately recommend those who haven't tried gnocchi to give it a go, it is quick to prepare filling and really tasty, 5 out of 5 from me.
Sainsbury's own brand Gnocchi is £1.50 per bag which is about 500g although it is often on special or buy one get one free. It can be frozen so you can take advantage of special offers.
If you are not familiar with gnocchi they are small Italian style potato dumplings - these are not like the dumplings you would normally find in traditional British dishes. Gnocchi is a great alternative to pasta so you can substitute it in your usual pasta dishes or salads. Gnocchi is not as bland as pasta so it can taste great with just a bit of pesto. You can find loads of Gnocchi recipes online including how to make the actual gnocchi yourself but like making your own pasta it is easier to pick up a bag at the supermarket.
I only discovered Gnocchi a couple of years ago when I was brought the wrong order in an Italian restaurant and didn't want to go to the hassle or wait of changing it - it was a revelation. Since then I have regularly been including gnocchi in various dishes - it goes great with all your usual pasta sauces and also with just a bit of pesto or butter. This particular Gnocchie from Sainsbury's is fantastic for an own brand - I have also tired Morrisons own brand gnocchi but this is far superior and I find the Morrisons gnocchi a bit rubbery. Sainsbury's gnocchi has a very fluffy texture and tastes great. As it only takes 3 minutes to cook (just boil in a pan of water) it is a much quicker than pasta to knock up a great meal.
Although it is quite calorific, a half bag (which is more than enough for 1 person) contains only 0.8g fat.
If you are a bit bored of churning out the same pasta dishes every week give this a try.
Per 100g Per 1/2 pack % based on GDA for adult
Energy 152kcal 381kcal 19.1%
Protein 3.8g 9.5g 21.1%
Carbohydrate 33.6g 84.0g 36.5%
Total Sugars 0.4g 1.0g 1.1%
Starch 33.2g 83.0g
Fat 0.3g 0.8g 1.1%
Saturates trace 0.1g 0.5%
Mono unsaturate 0.0g 0.0g
Polyunsaturate 0.0g 0.0g
Fibre 1.4g 3.5g 14.6%
Salt 1.00g 2.50g 41.7%
Sodium 0.40g 1.00g 41.7%