Gnocchi with a Cheesy Peasy Smoked Paprika Sauce

I have been lucky this week. It has been a week of tasty delights so far:

Day 1 Lunch: Leftover Beetroot Risotto

Day 1 Evening: Easy Cheesy Lentils from Rose Elliot (with added Peas and carrots otherwise I find it’s a little too much)

Day 2 Lunch: Mothership Tuesday at Pieminister! Pie, Mash, Minted Peas, Crispy Shallots, Grated cheese, and Gravy, all for £5! With added sparkly eyes and cheeky grin from Mr St Nick’s 🙂 = double win.

Day 2 Evening: Spinach and Rice Tian (also from Rose Elliot)

Day 3 (today) Lunch: Food Market day on Corn St! I had a Pesto twist from Pullins – basil, olives, sundried tomatoes, and lots of cheddar cheese = delicious, and a piece of lemon and almond drizzle cake.

Day 3 Evening: I thought I had better keep the good things going, but I needed to get lots of bits done, so after I had been to do the food shopping, cat litter buying, storage purchasing… it was time for making some tea!

One day I will make Gnocchi from scratch, especially after I saw Diary of a Mad Crafter’s post on it the other day…. but, I was short on time, it was already half 8 and I had wanted an early night, so I used shop bought Gnocchi… but whipped up this to go along with it…

Cheesy Peasy Smoked Paprika Sauce– adapted from Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course


25g plain flour

25g unsalted butter

275ml milk

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

100g cheddar cheese, grated (or when feeling especially lazy, just cut into smallish cubes)

100g frozen peas

(Gnocch, homemade or shop bought)


It is a simple one. Add all the ingredients, except for the cheese, to a pan and set over a low heat. Whisk to combine, stirring frequently until the butter has melted.

Keep stirring until the sauce has begun to thicken.

Add the cheese and stir, leaving over a low heat for it to melt into the sauce.

Add the gnocchi to a separate pan filled with boiling water, along with the peas, and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the gnocchi have puffed up a little and float to the top.

Combine the sauce together with the cooked gnocch and peas.


I wish I could imagine the the week of lovely foodness will continue… but I am working tomorrow night, so suspect not.

Friday however….. I may try and make something I saw online earlier in the week…..

P.s. I am currently working on a little knitted something, but have not yet got to a photographable stage…. I will persevere!


  1. Ooooh yum!! I’ve gotta make that looks delicious!!

    1. Thanks! Next time I WILL make the Gnocchi too! X

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