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Sausage Gnocchi with Warm Kale and Bean Salad

Sausage Gnocchi with Warm Kale and Bean Salad



4 spicy sausages (at least 80% meat)
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
125ml Chianti
200g tenderstem broccoli
700g passata
400g gnocchi
2 tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt

2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
olive oil
40g blanched hazelnuts

1 tsp maple syrup or runny honey
200g fine green beans
300g mixed greens, such as curly kale, Swiss chard, cavolo nero, spring greens and Brussels tops
1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1½ tbsp sherry vinegar

Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Large casserole pan, high heat • Small frying pan, high heat • Large lidded pan, high heat • Food processor (thick slicer)

Squeeze the sausage meat out of the skins into the casserole pan with the fennel seeds and rosemary leaves (discard the sausage skins) • Break the meat apart, stirring regularly • Finely slice the bacon, put into the small frying pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the hazelnuts and cook until golden, then add the maple syrup or honey and remove from the heat.

Line the beans up and cut off the stalks, then put them into the large pan, cover with boiling salted water and the lid • Cook for 4 minutes, then add the greens, tearing up any larger leaves • Pour the wine into the sausage pan and let it bubble away while you check on the beans and greens • If done, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a colander to drain, leaving the pan of water on the heat • Tear the broccoli tips into the sausage pan, then slice and add the stalks, along with the passata.

Add the gnocchi to the pan of water the greens were cooked in and pop the lid on • Mix the extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper in a serving bowl, tip in the drained greens and toss to coat, then scatter over the crispy nuts and bacon • When the gnocchi have been floating for a couple of minutes, drain them and toss with the sauce • Season to taste and serve in the pan, or on a nice platter, drizzled with yoghurt.

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