Gnocchi Alla Romana (Baked Semolina Gnocchi)

Not to be confused with the traditional potato gnocchi, gnocchi alla Romana are semolina dumplings, baked with cheese and butter. In this recipe, pancetta is added to the mix for a tastier version of this classical Roman dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 quart milk

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided

  • salt to taste

  • 1 ½ cups fine semolina flour

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 ¼ cups grated Grana Padano cheese, divided

  • cup grated Gruyere cheese

  • 1 (3 ounce) package pancetta bacon, diced

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg, or to taste


  1. Combine milk, 1/4 cup butter, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Whisk semolina into boiling milk, mixing well to prevent lumps. Reduce heat and cook, stirring often, until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat. Add egg yolks, 1 cup Grana Padano, and Gruyere cheese; stir well.

  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook and stir pancetta until crisp, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir pancetta into semolina mixture.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets with 1 1/2 teaspoon butter.

  4. Spread semolina mixture onto 1 of the prepared baking sheets, about 1/2-inch thick. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.

  5. Cut small disks out of cooled semolina using a juice glass or cookie cutter. Place the disks onto the other prepared baking sheet, slightly overlapping the disks. Sprinkle the remaining Grana Padano cheese over disks and dot with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon butter.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until gnocchi are nicely crisp and golden, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can easily prepare the gnocchi in advance, refrigerate or freeze, and bake at the last minute.

Speck (Northern Italian bacon-style cured meat) or bacon can be used in place of the pancetta. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese can be used in place of the Grana Padano cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

423 Calories
32g Fat
13g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 423
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 789mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 579mg 45%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 451mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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