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Gnocchi with Ham and Saffron

Gnocchetti al prosciutto e zafferano is a delicious Italian pasta dish that combines potato gnocchi with a creamy sauce made from prosciutto and saffron. This recipe is quick, easy to make, and perfect for a comforting weeknight meal.

Potato Gnocchi with Saffron and Ham
Potato Gnocchi with Saffron and Ham














450g (1 lb) potato gnocchi

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

115g (4 oz) thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped

1 shallot, finely chopped

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads

Salt and pepper, to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Cook the gnocchi according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and shallot and cook until the shallot is translucent and the prosciutto is crispy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the heavy cream and saffron to the skillet, and stir to combine. Simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Serve hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.


  • Be sure to use high-quality prosciutto for the best flavour.

  • If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of pasta water to thin it out.

  • This dish pairs well with a light salad or steamed vegetables.

Nutritional info per serving:

- Carbohydrates: 42g

- Fat: 15g

- Fibre: 2g

- Protein: 12g

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