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Gnocchi with Greens, Bacon, Grilled Corn, and Tomatoes

If you are frequent reader of mine, you already know that I started participating in the Secret Recipe Club – SRC as of last month. Every month, each participant is assigned to a different  participant’s blog, from which we can pick one of their many recipes to prepare. Well, this month I have been assigned to Teaspoon of Spice .  Its authors, Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly, are two registered dietitians.  From their blog’s many delicious, healthy recipes, I picked one that really popped, both to my eyes and stomach. Once adapted, it  became our Gnocchi with Greens, Bacon, Grilled Corn, and Tomatoes a quick yet nutritious family meal!  


I specifically picked gnocchi dish not only because I am a ‘pasta’/dumpling lover, but because it is a nutritious and complete meal.   I think this fits the spirit of their blog!

I have to confess that although their gnocchi is simple yet very flavorful– and I do enjoy it that way that it is, I have modified the gnocchi recipe a bit to accommodate a typical dish from Brazil — Collard Greens a la Mineira — as well as frequent ingredients from my Brazilian table– e.g. corn and tomatoes.  Yes, you can say that I have Brazilianized Deanna’s amazing gnocchi!  I just hope that you don’t mind, Deanna!!!  In my take on Deanna’s recipe, you will be eating two dishes in one: Gnocchi and Collard Greens a la Mineira.

I do recommend you to try both gnocchi, hers and mine! 😉 It’s a win-win game… Thanks for stopping by again! See you soon in the kitchen.


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Gnocchi with Greens, Bacon, Grilled Corn, and Tomatoes
A quick yet nutritious and full of flavor family meal!
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Rating: 5
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Course Main dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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  1. Wash the collard greens or kale under cold running water. Shake to remove the excess water. With a sharp knife or your hands, cut off the leaves from their tough stems. Gather them together into piles. Take each pile and roll it tightly. Cut the rolled leaves into thin strips crosswise (about 1/4-inch strips).
  2. In a medium pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Place the trimmed leaves in a colander. Pour the boiling water over the leaves to slightly wilt and then drain well to remove all the added liquid (you can shake the colander or press down gently on the greens with a spoon). Reserve.
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to directions on package (shaving a minute off of cooking time).
  4. Meanwhile, cook the diced bacon in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until there are no more pink, white, or translucent areas on the bacon. If necessary, add 1 Tbsp oil to sauté garlic, stirring often, until it starts to become lightly browned. Add greens and salt, pepper, and the bouillon powder. Cook, stirring often, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until greens are tender but bright green. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. When gnocchi is done, remove with slotted spoon and add to skillet and toss well. Stir in 1/4 cup of pasta/dumpling water to keep the pasta moist. Cook for 1 -2 minutes, stirring frequently yet gently. Add the grilled corn kernels and tomatoes. Toss well. Remove gnocchi from heat and toss with cheese. Serve immediately!


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59 Responses to Gnocchi with Greens, Bacon, Grilled Corn, and Tomatoes

  1. Veronica March 18, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    Wow, the colors in this dish are so vibrant, it’s like edible art! I think you did Deanna proud with your adaption, very creative and sounds delicious!

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks a lot, Veronica! I hope Deanna likes my take on her dish.

  2. Tandy March 18, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    This looks very tasty!

  3. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy March 18, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    What a beautiful dish! The colors are wonderful and it looks super tasty!

  4. Jessica March 18, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Oh, it’s definitely bacon week!!! Looks fabulous Denise! I LOVE the roasted corn in there!

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 11:55 am #

      Thanks a lot, Jessica! I crave corn often and never miss an opportunity to add it in a dish… 🙂

  5. Coffee and Crumpets March 18, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Great minds think alike! I made gnocchi last night but with tomato sauce. I love your Brazilianised version! So colourful and healthy looking.
    Great job Denise!

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks, Nazneen! I love your visits and comments. I am excited to meet you in person soon.

  6. Our Eating HAbits March 18, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Looks delicious!

  7. Jen @JuanitasCocina March 18, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    This is SO colorful! And I love how you’ve taken a normally heavy dish (gnocchi) and lightened it up with fresh food!

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Jen! I am glad that you like it. My husband and I loved this dish so much that I intend to make it again.

  8. A Couple in the Kitchen March 18, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    What a beautiful, colorful plate!

  9. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) March 18, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Denise – I’m so thrilled that you’ve “Brazillianised” my gnocchi recipe and I cannot wait to make it! When I first looked through the thumbmails of the recipes, yours totally jumped out (before I realized it was a take off of my gnocchi recipe.) It really looks amazing – looking forward to diving into your site more (+ your photography is gorgeous.) You have a new fan, for sure 🙂

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Deanna! My hubby and I loved your dish so much that I intend to make it again and again.
      I am looking forward to make a great holiday salad recipe of yours that has turkey. I’ll use chicken on mine for while and will make with turkey on the holidays. It was a dilemma deciding between this pasta dish and the salad. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  10. Melissa March 18, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    This looks fantastic! The colors are so beautiful…I’d feel so healthy eating this 🙂

  11. christina @ oven adventures March 18, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    This looks fabulous. This looks like the perfect summer dinner.

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Christina! I do appreciate it…

  12. kirstin March 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    YUM. I love gnocchi too and this recipe looks fresh and yummy! Great choice. I’m a fellow SRC member, group D

  13. Rhonda March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Isn’t that the beautiful thing about recipes, blending the cuisine to make something unique! So tasty looking!

  14. Deb March 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    What a scrumptious and vibrant gnocchi! The addition of corn and tomatoes with collard greens and bacon is winning combination! Your photo is so voluptuous!

  15. gloria March 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Denisse look delicious!!

  16. chelsy Ethridge March 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I love gnocchi this is an interesting twist…especially with the bacon!

  17. Lacy @ NYCityEats March 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Let me just start by saying this dish is sooo beautiful! Colorful and full of fresh veggies…I can just imagine how fantastic it tastes. What a great choice for SRC!

  18. Toni March 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    That looks so fresh and delicious! Collard greens are hard to find where I live, but spinach would work well too. Great recipe!

  19. Denise March 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Your photography is gorgeous, and this looks absolutely and pretty healthy. I have some kale in the frig that needs to be used. What a better use than this?

  20. Mi Vida en un Dulce March 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Sometimes when we think about pasta, it’s like a heavy dish, you know, with tha heavy salsa. But having this gnocchis with fresh vegtables is a wonderful idea…!!!

  21. Liz March 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Oh, boy, does this look terrific!!! Love the gnocchi and all the other yummy ingredients served salad style! Pure bliss!

  22. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} March 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    What a perfect blend of flavors. Looks delish. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

  23. Debra March 19, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    What a great recipe and I love your modifications. Glad you’re in Group C and glad I found your site.

  24. veronica gantley March 19, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Stunning colors! What a gorgeous and delicious recipe!

  25. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 19, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I love gnocchi but I don’t think I’ve ever had a plate of it as pretty as yours. I’d love just one bite. 🙂 So I’ll have to make both of them and compare.

  26. Karen March 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    This pasta dish sounds amazing, definitely going to be making this ASAP

  27. Nami | Just One Cookbook March 20, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    What a colorful and spring inspired dish, Denise! I love gnochhi and the texture. This is a lovely dish that any one dream of for lunch or dinner. You know how to increase the appetite with the colors and presenation. 🙂

  28. Cut 'N Clean Greens March 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Wow, we love this! How pretty, nutritious AND delicious! We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies.

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut ‘N Clean Greens

    • Denise Browning March 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Thank you very much! It’s an honor for me to be featured in your page. I’ll visit your facebook page soon for sure.

  29. [email protected] March 21, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Oh my, what a wonderful plate of food!! The gnocchi sounds so, so good!

  30. Julia | April 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I love this dish, it’s so colorful! And, I love the idea of the Secret Recipe club – bookmarked that site and would like to participate! April has been way too busy for me though, so I do hope to join the club.

  31. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I love all the colors and textures of your gnocchi!

    • Denise Browning April 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

      Thanks, Laura! I am glad that you like it…
      Deanna, from a Teaspoon of Spice, did such a great job on this pasta that facilitated a lot my work. 🙂

  32. Daniela May 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    What a brilliant recipe: fresh, healthy and it looks delicious!
    This is my first visit and I love the pretty pictures and vibrant colors as much as the great recipes.

    • Denise Browning May 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks, Daniela!I am glad that you liked my pasta and the photos. I hope you continue to visit From Brazil To You!!!

  33. Ewa "Mom Photographer" May 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    This looks so delicious! Love how colorful the plate is. So many great ingredients!!!

  34. Laura King August 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I left out the bacon and traded tiny potatoes (because I had them on hand) for the gnocchi, to make this for my vegetarian friends and it was very delicious!! Thank you Denise for your inspiration to put ingredients together that stretches my love for fresh vegetables and cooking!!

    • Denise Browning August 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Thank you, Laura, for trying this recipe. I am glad that you have enjoyed it!

  35. Rachel Cotterill August 19, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    This looks wonderful – so fresh and healthy and delicious 🙂

  36. Lail | With A Spin September 18, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    I made gnocchi once and thought it was a bit doughy. Love your Brazilian version! Vibrant and colorful. Great job Denise!

    • Denise Browning September 18, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      This is why I buy gnocchi ready. I prefer just to boil it. Thanks for stopping by, Lail!

  37. nusrat2010 October 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Picture perfect Gnocchi ! Loved the charred gold corn, crimson red and amber tomatoes, green herbs …A meal to die over 🙂

  38. Kimberley August 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    I just made this for dinner and it was fantastic! My entire family really enjoyed it and I have some picky eaters! Thank you so much!

    • Denise Browning August 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi, Kimberley!!! Thanks a lot for your feedback. I am glad to hear that even your picky eaters approved this dish. Wishing you a wonderful evening!


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