Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce

Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes

Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce

This is where simplicity and inexpensive ingredients meet up and they are transformed in a delicious final dish. In our family, in Italy, gnocchi was “the usual” for the Sunday lunch during wintertime. I remember that when I was a boy, I always used to steal some gnocchi from the preparation board and to eat them raw before being boiled, which met with great disapproval from my mum. Gnocchi is a very versatile dish, like spaghetti, and can be accompanied by many different sauces despite the purists, who only want to use tomato sauce. Try gnocchi with “pesto sauce” or “ragù di carne”, thus giving you a broader choice for your guests.  
200 g (7 ounces) of flour is what we should use with the amount of potatoes I have used in the above list. However, there are many different types of potato on the market and every type will absorb varying amounts of flour (because of the different amounts of water they absorb during boiling). Do not be surprised if sometimes you will end up using 250g (9 ounces) or 300 g (10 1/2 ounces) of flour, but as rule of thumb you should try to use the minimum amount of flour possible in order to keep the gnocchi lighter.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 650 kcal

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Ingredients
 

Ingredients for the gnocchi (Metric & Imperial measurements): 

  • 800 grams (1 3/4 lb) Old floury potatoes
  • 200 grams (7 oz) Plain flour (however, keep some extra flour for the work surface)
  • 1 Egg (medium size)
  • Salt for the boiling water

Ingredients for the topping:

  • Tomato sauce The “tomato sauce” recipe is featured in the vegetable section of the website. 
  • Few basil leaves
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Put the unpeeled potatoes into a pan of cold water (slightly salted) and boil them for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Potatoes should be roughly of the same size so that the boiling time is the same for them all.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Generally speaking, the potatoes should be ready when the skin starts showing some cracks. Try to prick the potatoes with a fork and if you do not find any resistance, then the potatoes are ready for the next stage.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Drain the potatoes and put them onto a kitchen towel or whatever is practical for you.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Peel the potatoes. 
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Mash the potatoes.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • It is easier to mash the potatoes when they are still hot, however, after mashing them, leave the mash to cool down for about 10 minutes. During this time, some of the water absorbed during the boiling will go away in the form of steam. The less water we have in the mash, the less flour we will use during the kneading.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Spread some flour onto the work surface to avoid the mashed potatoes sticking to it.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Put all your mashed potatoes onto the work surface.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Put the egg into a small bowl and whisk it for few seconds. We are not going to add the whole egg into the potato mixture otherwise the mixture will be too wet and will require too much extra flour to complete the dough (excessive flour will make the gnocchi stodgy). Better to have the egg in a bowl and to add what we need, taking, initially, just a couple of spoonfuls of it.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Add half of the flour and mix with your hand.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Then, as I said before, add just a couple of spoonfuls of egg and add the rest of the flour.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Knead the mixture for 5-7 minutes and if you think it is too dry, then you can add an extra spoonful of egg to bring the dough to the right consistency.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • The final dough should be smooth and elastic (not sticky).
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Cut the dough in 4-5 pieces as shown in the picture.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • With every piece you have cut, make a ball.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Flour the work surface lightly. Then, press and roll the ball onto the surface to make long sausage-like strips. 
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • The sausage should be about as thicker as your thumb.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • When the long sausage is ready, it’s time to cut it.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Cut the sausage in about 2 1/2 cm (1”) long pieces.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • The cut pieces should be laid onto the lightly floured work surface and separated.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Take the small pieces and make small gnocchi with them.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • The gnocchi are then ready to be boiled. Normally, I boil the gnocchi straightaway but if you want to do that later (after few hours), separate them onto a floured cardboard tray and put them in the fridge.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Rolling the gnocchi onto the fork prongs will make grooves on their surface. This is a good way to retain more sauce around their surface. If you want to do a top job, I suggest you use a grooving board specifically made for this purpose.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Gnocchi with grooves.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Take a large pan of salted water and bring to the boil. When the water is gently boiling, put the gnocchi into the pan and wait!
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • The gnocchi will be cooked when they start floating (it should take a couple of minutes). Leave them to float for a further 30 seconds.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Take them out with a slotted spoon and put them quickly into the saucepan containing the tomato sauce (this has to be hot).
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • To do this, you should have prepared the tomato sauce before and kept it ready for this final stage.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Also. You should have washed few leaves of fresh basil and patted dry with kitchen paper.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Gently toss the gnocchi in the saucepan for about 20-30 seconds and add the basil leaves. Serve it immediately.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
  • Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
    Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce | Gnocchi recipes
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Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal
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Federico Pezzaioli is an ex-badass Italian Paratrooper on a mission - to make creating delicious authentic Italian food really easy. He researches, writes and photographs each recipe with the same attention to detail he used to apply to packing his parachute.

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