Warm up with Donal Skehan’s winter comfort dishes– This week, it’s all about winter comfort food . When the supermarket shelves lay empty during the worst of our lockdowns, I recall spotting packs of gnocchi lying lonely in the pasta aisles as the more popular shapes of spaghetti and penne were snapped up. I was surprised, as it’s an ingredient I always pick up and like to have to hand for speedy little comfort food suppers.

The potato-based pasta shapes are, of course, delicious made from scratch, with far lighter results, but the store-bought alternatives work just fine, and I have no shame adding them to a slow-braised beef ragu or baking them with a simple spiced tomato sauce and a bubbling cheese top.

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