Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gnocchi Pomodoro

Some of you long-timers might remember BACK IN THE DAY when my husband I made homemade ravioli.  We've really evolved...we've moved onto the ever-elusive gnocchi.  Yes...that's right...homemade gnocchi!


Ohhhh yeah!


We fell in love with the recipe when we went to Sonoma over our anniversary weekend.  Our dinner at Della Santina's was glorious to say the least.  We knew we had the remake the recipe...and lucky us...it was available here:

Ingredients
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole Italian tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed chile flakes
  • 6 to 8 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream
Gnocchi:

  • 6 large baking potatoes, like russets
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, melted
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch white pepper
  • Fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour
  • Grated Parmesan, to serve
To make the Sauce:

Take the tomatoes out of the can, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces and reserve the juice. In a saucepan, add olive oil and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and chili and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. If necessary, add the reserved juice. Add the basil. Finish with cream.

To make the gnocchi:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Bake the potatoes for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until tender. Scoop each potato out of its skin into mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes to a fine consistency.

In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks, melted butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add the egg mixture to the potatoes and mix together. Add flour to mixture, 1 cup at a time, and mix until smooth.

Scoop out and make finger sized rolls on floured board. Cut with knife into bite sized pieces. Roll each piece over the back of a fork to make a round form. In a pan, freeze until hard enough to handle, and put into portion sized bags.

Fill a large pot with water and add a pinch of salt and boil. Drop gnocchi into boiling water 3 or 4 at a time so the water doesn't stop boiling. The gnocchi is ready when it floats to the top. Drain gnocchi and scoop out into bowl and add sauce. Add fresh Parmesan and serve.



I never thought that we could make gnocchi from scratch, but it wasn't that hard and the results were well worth it.  The gnocchi were soft little pouches of heaven and the sauce had the perfect hint of heat.  Definitely worth trying...and devouring!

Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha

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28 comments:

  1. this looks absolutely delicious!!

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  2. Ok. You guys are over the top awesome. Boy will your children be lucky some day when you all are serving up these dishes.

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  3. I'm making this tonight! It looks absolutely amazing

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  4. gnocchi is one of my favorite Italian meals! I made sweet potato gnocchi once & it turned out so goooood :)

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  5. I am always looking for a new pasta dish and this looks so yummy!

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  6. looks delish!

    xoxo navy & orange
    navyandorange.blogspot.com

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  7. My husband and I love gnocchi. I need to surprise him and make this for him.

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  8. This is a whole new level of gnocchi greatness!! Mmm

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  9. I adore a good gnocchi...I haven't been brave enough to try it from scratch yet...This looks absolutely fantastic and has my tummy rumbling (c:

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  10. Looks so yummy! I've made homemade pasta quite a few times but never homemade gnocchi. Maybe I will give it a try :) xo

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  11. I love gnocchi! YUM! My mouth is watering.

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  12. OMG! I LOVE gnocci and I am soooooo trying this!

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  13. You are my hero! Homemade Gnocchi is on my long list of things to make one day! This looks amazing!

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  14. Oh my heavens that looks devine!!

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  15. This is perfect for those nights when you're just craving Italian! Yum!

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  16. YUM! What a GREAT recipe! Cast Party Wednesday starts tonight at 12:00 midnight. I would love it if you came over tomorrow and shared some recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  17. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering! This looks AMAZING! Love gnocchi, but this looks extra delish.

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  18. they look great, well done!
    I love gnocchi, my grandma makes the best :)

    Claudia xo

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  19. you are my favorite blogger EVER for sharing a delicious gnocchi recipe... I want I need i have to have!

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  20. Gooood Lawwd that looks amazing!!! Now I'm hungry :)

    XOXO, CC

    https://twitter.com/Cupcakekissesxx

    http://thecupcakecartel.blogspot.com

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  21. I loooooove gnocchi!! I need to make this!

    Becca
    http://blondeslogic.blogspot.com

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  22. Yum!! This looks absolutely delicious!!!! I am definitely going to have to try this.

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  23. Ooh! I love anything pasta! Delicious!

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  24. gnocchi is one of my favorite meals! unfortunately not my husbands but i always order gnocchi whenever i see it on the meal i love the little clouds of potato in my mouth

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  25. Yum! Gnocchi is also one of my favorites - I had it for the first time when I was 18 in NYC and I've loved it ever since. I made it once with great results - definitely not as hard as people make it out to be! Thanks for linking up!
    Alissa

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  26. oh my lordy this looks beyond ammmmazing!!!!

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