Mushroom Gnocchi with Brie

, from Issue #103. May, 2022
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Mushroom Gnocchi with Brie

Earthy mushroom, salty pancetta and decadent brie come together like magic in this simple yet decadent dish.

Serves: 4-6


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
80 grams pancetta, sliced
1 onion, halved and sliced
400 grams mixed mushrooms, large ones sliced, smaller ones left whole
sea salt and ground pepper
500 grams good-quality purchased gnocchi
¼ cup white wine
1/3 cup cream
150 grams brie, sliced
½ cup walnut halves, roughly chopped


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan and cook the pancetta for 5 minutes, until crispy and golden. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onion to the fat remaining in the pan and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and add to the pancetta. If necessary, add 1
or 2 more tablespoons of oil to the pan, season the mushrooms well with salt and pepper, then cook over a medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to stop them from catching.

While the mushrooms are cooking, boil the gnocchi according to the packet instructions, then drain well. Add the pancetta and onions to the mushrooms along with the wine and cream and cook together for 5 minutes. Add the gnocchi to the mushrooms with half of the brie and stir to combine, then spoon into an ovenproof dish and top with the remaining brie and the walnuts. Finish in the oven for 10-15 minutes before serving with a simple bitter green salad or freshly cooked green beans.

Mushrooms lend themselves perfectly to pinot noir, and the Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2020 ($25) has buckets of earthy, savoury flavours, edged with tamarillo, rhubarb and baked cherry notes. Spicy and nicey with this dish.

Monowai pinot noir