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gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio
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5 from 29 votes

Gnocchi Gorgonzola and Radicchio

In this Northern Italian recipe, potato gnocchi are served in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce on a bed of caramelized radicchio and sprinkled with walnuts. Perfect winter comfort food! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Northern Italy, Veneto
Keyword: gnocchi, Gorgonzola, homemade gnocchi, radicchio
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline DeBono


  • 400 g potato gnocchi 14oz (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 Italian chicory radicchio di Treviso
  • 200 g Gorgonzola dolce (7oz)
  • 1/2 glass milk
  • 50 g Parmigiano Reggiano (2oz) grated
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 25 g butter (1oz)
  • 1 handful walnuts chopped
  • salt for gnocchi and to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Start boiling the water for the gnocchi. Add salt once it starts to boil.
  • Wash and slice the radicchio. Melt a little butter in a frying pan or skillet. Add the sliced radicchio and cook until it has reduced in volume by at least half and darkened in colour. (You can also do this with a little water or oil instead of butter) 
  • Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar onto the radicchio. Turn up the heat and cook until caramelized. You will need to keep stirring it so it doesn’t burn. If you think it’s too sour add a teaspoon of sugar. The older the Balsamic the sweeter it will be.
  • Put the milk in a frying pan or skillet and start to heat it. 
  • Add a piece of gorgonzola and stir till it melts, (if you want a denser sauce you can add a little butter). Continue to add pieces of Gorgonzola and if the sauce is too thick a bit more milk a little at a time. 
  • It is important not to overcook the gorgonzola. For a delicate taste it must dissolve at a medium temperature. Turn off the heat and add some grated Parmigiano and pepper if desired. 
  • Cook the gnocchi in the boiling salted water. As they start to rise to the surface of the water scope them out with a slotted spoon and add them to the gorgonzola sauce. If the sauce is too thick you can also add some gnocchi cooking water to make it more liquidy.
  • Mix the sauce and the gnocchi together and serve immediately on a bed of the caramelized radicchio. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and grated Parmigiano if desired.


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