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Hot smoked salmon, gnocchi and spinach bake

Published: August 9, 2022 at 10:30 am
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Ready-made gnocchi and frozen spinach are an easy base for this creamy, satisfying dish. Prep the day before and all you’ll have to do is slide this into the oven when you're ready to eat

Nutrition: Per serving

What is effortless?

Easy on the eye and simple to make, thanks to shop-bought ingredients and no fiddly techniques. These recipes can be made ahead or require 30 mins or less of prep – they’re go-to ideas for entertaining special guests.

Recreate this effortless smoked salmon bake, then try our gnocchi with peas, pesto and spinach, kale and gnocchi parmesan bake and more effortless dinner party ideas.


  • 500g gnocchi
  • 4 lightly hot-smoked salmon fillets (skins removed)
  • 200ml double cream
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4-6 pellets of frozen spinach
  • salad, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Put the gnocchi into a baking dish and nestle the salmon fillets in between – everything should fit fairly snugly.

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the cream, milk, lemon zest, thyme leaves, parmesan and mustard, and season well.

  • STEP 3

    Add the frozen spinach to the baking dish and pour over the cream. Cover and chill for up to 12 hrs.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7 and bake for 20-25 mins, giving it a gentle mix halfway to break up the spinach, until the gnocchi is tender and the salmon is cooked through. Serve with a salad.

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