HomePastaAlex Mackay’s Spinach, Crème Fraîche, Gnocchi, Parmesan & Pesto Bake This creamy, cheesy tomato and basil gnocchi with an orange tang is an intensely flavoured pan. It’s comfy and cosy, but also elegant and a touch fruity. Ingredients 500g gnocchi 125g creme fraiche, (half fat if you prefer) 60g cheddar, grated 5 tablespoons basil pesto 1/2 orange, grated zest and juiced 1/2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes 100-200g spinach salt caster sugar cayenne pepper Method 1 Preheat your grill to medium. Boil your kettle. 2 Start with the gnocchi. Get a large pot. Fill it with water from your kettle. Add salt, cover and bring to the boil. Add the gnocchi and boil it according to the instructions on the packet. 3 While the gnocchi boils, get a medium bowl. Add the crème fraîche, Cheddar and pesto. Stir them together. Season to taste with salt and cayenne. Put the bowl next to your cooker. 4 Drain the gnocchi into a colander. Add the orange zest and juice to the empty pan. Bring to the boil and boil for 1 minute until it is thick and sticky, almost dry. Add the tinned tomatoes. Bring back to the boil and boil for 2 minutes until there is almost no liquid left; if you pull your spoon through the mixture, the channel you make should remain. 5 Add the gnocchi and spinach to the pan. Stir for 30 seconds until the spinach just starts to wilt. Stir in two-thirds of the crème fraîche, Cheddar and pesto mixture. 6 Season to taste with salt, cayenne and sugar. Spoon the gnocchi into an ovenproof dish. Spread the final third of the crème fraîche, Cheddar and pesto mixture over the top. 7 Grill for 3–6 minutes until the top is pale gold over the green pesto cream. (Grills vary enormously, so start checking after 3 minutes and keep checking until your bake is golden.) Serve from the pan. Recipe courtesy of Alex Mackay from Everybody, Everyday.