Sweet potato gnocchi with bacon and fresh sage

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*LE GASP!*... A recipe?? It's been a LONG time since I have been in the kitchen.. With James being at home (not any longer- he started a new job Monday YAY!), and my crazy work/show schedule I have barely had a chance to cook. James actually made this for me on Sunday after a marathon weekend of FIVE shows which was so sweet. This recipe comes from the "Make it Fresh, Make it Healthy" cookbook from Pampered Chef and I have been yapping about trying this recipe since the cookbook came out a year ago... Yep it's even healthy with TURKEY bacon and sweet potatoes.. Oh man this was good! It wasn't the easiest recipe though- I would say more of a "Saturday job". Here is the recipe :)
Ingredients:
2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup part-skim milk ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 1/2 all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
6 slices turkey bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4 in. strips
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1 Tbs. chopped fresh sage leaves
1 Tbs. cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbs. cold water
Directions:
  1. Line Large Sheet Pan with Parchment Paper; set aside. Combine potatoes, ricotta and egg in a mixing bowl. Mix until well blended using and smooth using a masher. (this one is the BEST!) Add flour, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time, mixing with gloved hands until a soft dough forms. Transfer dough to well floured Pastry Mat; knead 6-8 times or until dough becomes firm, sprinkling with flour as needed. Cut dough into four equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-in. (51-cm) log; cut logs into 1-in. (2.5-cm) pieces.
  2. Bring 5 qt. (4.75 L) of water to a boil in (8-qt./7.6-L) Stockpot over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, cook bacon in (12-in./30-cm) Skillet over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until crisp. Remove from Skillet; drain on paper towels.
  3. Add gnocchi to Stockpot and immediately stir gently one time. Cook 4-6 minutes or until gnocchi float to the top (do not boil). Transfer gnocchi from Stockpot to sheet pan using a slotted spoon or scoop. Melt butter in Skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cook 8-10 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Transfer gnocchi to same sheet pan; keep warm.
  4. Add stock, sage and bacon to Skillet. Bring to a simmer; whisk in cornstarch mixture. Cook 2-3 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve gnocchi with sauce.
Pretty vibrant orange for the gnocchi
Rolling out the gnocchi
Pan frying the gnocchi after they were boiled
Searing gnocchi and making the sage sauce with the bacon
Not quite the photo at the top but it was delicious! Next time I might add real bacon and just use less for more flavor.

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