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Crispy-topped Artichoke, Butternut Squash and Rosemary Baked Gnocchi

This easy vegetarian midweek meal is packed with delicious ingredients from crispy tray-baked gnocchi to creamy goat's cheese, plus artichokes and squash.

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Could I write a cookbook without including at least one crispy baked gnocchi dish? I could not. This version includes some of my favourite autumnal ingredients – goat’s cheese, artichokes and butternut squash. It’s just what you want to eat on a cold evening – and leftovers warm through beautifully in the oven the next day.

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1kg butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 ½cm cubes
1 sprig rosemary, leaves chopped, plus a few extra sprigs for the top
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 ½ tbsp olive oil (you can use the oil from the artichoke jar), plus extra for drizzling
1kg potato gnocchi (fresh or vac-packed)
500g crème fraîche
185g quartered artichokes in oil, drained
2 x 125g logs goat’s cheese, sliced
A big handful of panko breadcrumbs
50g pine nuts
sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6. Tip the butternut squash, rosemary, chilli flakes, olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt into a large, deep roasting tin. Mix well, then transfer to the oven to bake for 25 minutes until just softening.

Meanwhile, place the gnocchi into a large heatproof bowl and pour over a kettleful of just-boiled water. Leave to sit for 2 minutes to blanch, then drain well.

Once the squash has had 25 minutes in the oven, remove the tin and gently stir through the gnocchi, crème fraîche and another teaspoon of salt until evenly mixed. (It doesn’t matter that the gnocchi won’t sit all in one layer, as this is a gratin-style dish.)

Scatter over the artichoke quarters, goat’s cheese slices, panko breadcrumbs, pine nuts, a good grind of freshly ground black pepper and some rosemary sprigs. Drizzle with a little olive oil, then transfer to the oven to bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve hot.

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