Home-made gnocchi with napoli sauce

I had always palmed off the idea of making my own pasta.  I always imagined that it would be ridiculously hard and complicated, and that I’d wind up swearing loudly at a pot of half-cooked flour-muck and egg-goo.  This past weekend, I decided to throw caution to the wind and try to make my own gnocchi.  I found it incredibly easy and so delicious.

This is a really simple dish to make.  It’s a brilliant dinner-party meal, because it’s fast to prepare but seems way more complicated than it actually is.  Your friends are guaranteed to be impressed.  As an added bonus, it’s also vegetarian friendly!

This recipe makes enough for two people.

Gnocchi

Ingredients

250g ricotta cheese

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup flour

1 egg

salt and pepper to taste.

Method

1. Put all of your ingredients into a big bowl

2. Mix ingredients with a spatula until they form a soft dough

3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface.  Roll the dough into two ropes, which are each about 15cm long.

4. Cut the rolls of dough into gnocchi-sized pieces

5. Place the gnocchi into a pot of boiling water.  Allow to cook for about 3-5 minutes.  The gnocchi is cooked when it rises to the surface of the water.

Napoli sauce

Ingredients

200g can of chopped tomatoes

1 brown onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Finely chop the onion and the garlic

2. Sautee the onion and garlic in a pot until transparent

3.  Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper

4. Simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Then all you need to do is pop your gnocchi in a bowl, top with the sauce and sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top.  Yummo.

Are there any foods that you’ve been reluctant to try cooking because it seems like it would be too difficult?

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2 thoughts on “Home-made gnocchi with napoli sauce

    • I’ve tried making pasta before, but I’ve done it as part of a team of people. My boyfriend’s family occasionally make pasta in an assembly-line type of arrangement. I figured it would be too hard to do on my own, but I was wrong.

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