Cauliflower Gnocchi Carbonara

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 I teamed up with the Arthritis Foundation to create this Cauliflower Gnocchi Carbonara recipe. This  – rich and creamy carbonara with cauliflower gnocchi is the perfect option for those suffering from arthritis – it’s a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious dinner to add to your recipe box! 

This post is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Today, I am back working with the Arthritis Foundation.  You may remember when I shared my Indian Lentil Soup last year when I worked with them.  Arthritis is a disease that hits really close to home for me, which I assume hits close to home for some of you since it affects 1 in 4 people in the United States. I’m taking this opportunity once again to spread awareness about it since  my mom is one of more than 54 million Americans that suffer from arthritis. 

The Arthritis Foundation is calling upon those with arthritis to share their voice by taking their new Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment that will help change the future of arthritis, which I’m really excited to share with you, along with this great carbonara recipe that can really help those people suffering with arthritis.

Use cauliflower gnocchi to make this Gnocchi Carbonara easy and healthy.


My mom took the assessment and it was a great way for her to share what she experiences on a daily basis. Some of the questions related to her symptoms, pain levels and how arthritis affects her function and mobility. It only took her ten minutes and the great thing about this assessment is that the data collected will show decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, which will ultimately help break down barriers to care,accelerate research and create resources which will make a difference in people’s lives.  Did you know that there are more kids and adults are living with arthritis in America than those with breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and autism combined?  That is just astounding!

Arthritis Foundation

My mom has had arthritis in her hands pretty much as long as I can remember.  It has gotten worse over the years and it is more difficult for her to do some of the most basic tasks, especially in the kitchen.  Opening a water bottle, using a traditional can opener, opening jars and more are very hard for her.  Thankfully my dad is there to help her with all of these things!  

The really scary thing is by 2040, the number of U.S. adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis will reach 78.4 million.  Because arthritis hits so close to home, I enjoy getting the chance to share more about it, and raise awareness. There is so much to teach people, so we can work towards finding a cure. In fact, 93% of Americans do not know that the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. is arthritis. Less than 10% of Americans know that arthritis is the #1 cause of long-term disability. Yet, 8 million working-age adults (18-64) report that their ability to work is limited because of their arthritis, according to the CDC. 


Gnocchi Carbonara is a quick and easy dinner you don't have to feel guilty about!

Over the summer my mom started to change her diet and eliminate all added sugar and even a lot of fruit from her diet.  It made a huge difference for her, and a lot of her daily pain went away.  So, today I am sharing a recipe that is one of her favorites, in a healthier way.  

My mom is a huge fan of Italian food.  Whenever you ask what kind of food she wants, she suggests pasta and Italian food.  But there is a lot of carbs and sugar in pasta, which she is trying to avoid.  In steps cauliflower gnocchi.  There is less than 1 gram of sugar in cauliflower gnocchi, which makes it a great substitution. Now my mom gets her all-time favorite carbonara sauce in a healthier way. 

 Cauliflower Gnocchi Carbonara - rich and creamy carbonara with cauliflower gnocchi, for a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious dinner!  

Diet can have a huge impact on arthritis and I am happy that I can come up with this gnocchi carbonara that fits the way my mom is eating.  She doesn’t have to miss out on her favorites anymore.  This gnocchi carabonara is ready in just about 15 minutes, so it is perfect for busy weeknights.  The whole family is going to love it!  

October 12 is World Arthritis Day.  So, if you or someone you know suffers from arthritis, please encourage them to take the 10-minute assessment. Only a few minutes of your time can help change the pace of this disease forever. Simply head over to Live! Yes INSIGHTS to get started. By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others.

Live Yes! INSIGHTS is part of the Arthritis Foundation’s Live Yes! Network, which provides personalized help and support to adults living with all types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions and parents or guardians of children living with arthritis. Their programs offer opportunities for connection, education and empowerment via Live Yes! Connect Groups, Online Community and conferences. It’s a great support system where you can chat about medical issues, frustrations, tips, life hacks and more to help you live a better, more fulfilling life by connecting with others who understand what you’re going through. 

 Cauliflower Gnocchi Carbonara - rich and creamy carbonara with cauliflower gnocchi, for a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious dinner!  

A plate of cauliflower gnocchi
5 from 9 votes

Cauliflower Gnocchi Carbonara

By Erin
 Cauliflower Gnocchi Carbonara - rich and creamy carbonara with cauliflower gnocchi, for a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious dinner!  
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 13 oz package frozen cauliflower gnocchi
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Saute garlic for 1-2 minutes in a little bacon grease or olive oil
  • Cook cauliflower gnocchi according to the package directions
  • In a liquid measuring cup combine heavy cream, egg yolk, and Parmesan cheese. Mix until well combined and smooth.
  • Once the gnocchi is cooked remove pan from heat and pour in cream mixture and add cooked bacon. Mix well until the sauce is silky and smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.


To reduce the sugar even more look for Keto approved bacon


Serving: 1g | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 709mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Calories: 445
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    1. It is usually in the freezer section – trader Joe’s has a version and so does green giant that I know of. Good luck finding it!