Friday, July 29, 2011

Gnocchi is Served

A serving suggestion for Potato Gnocchi.

Gnocchi with Tomato Cream Sauce & Fresh Mozzarella
Printable Recipe

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
26 ounces strained tomatoes, preferably Pomì brand
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 to 4 large sprigs basil, plus chiffonaded leaves for serving
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 recipe Potato Gnocchi
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, drained and diced
Grated Parmegiano-Reggiano, for serving

Heat a large, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, cream, and basil sprigs. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 16 to 18 minutes, or until thickened and saucy.

Cook the gnocchi in 2 or 3 batches in a large pot of boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they float to the surface of the water. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and discard the basil sprigs. When the gnocchi float to the surface of the water, using a wire skimmer, transfer them from the pot to the sauce and gently toss to combine. Remove from the heat, let cool for a few minutes, and stir in the mozzarella. Arrange on individual plates, top with plenty of Parmegiano and basil, and serve immediately.

Serves 4 as a main course. Fresh mozzarella balls come in a variety of sizes, and if you want a shortcut, look for pearlini, which are so small they don’t even need to be diced. Be sure to let the gnocchi cool a bit before adding the mozzarella, or it will melt into a gooey mess. It also helps if the mozzarella is cold when it goes in. For a quick and easy variation which happens to be a weeknight favorite at my house, serve this sauce with penne rigate instead of gnocchi. And if you like that idea, you may like Penne with Tomato-Pepper Sauce & Fresh Mozzarella. This vegetarian dish has been known to satisfy meat eaters.


Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Wow, that looks so good. The creamy tomato sauce looks perfect. I'm going to go look at your gnocchi recipe - I've never made it before but I really want to try!

servicii contabile said...

Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice and i think that fits perfect with my taste and in my opinion is a very easy recipe, so i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

Chez Us - denise said...

Love creamy tomato sauce. There use to be a restaurant in San Rafael and they served this amazing creamy sauce over pasta. I loved it. Have been thinking of it recently, and now I see your delicious recipe!!! I have yet to try my hand at gnocchi - seems simple enough!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the sharing!

Nyx said...

This was my first time trying gnocchi, and I have to say, thank you for making it a delicious experience! Absolutely fantastic recipe, I really enjoyed it, and will absolutely be making it again.

avaserfi said...

I never thought of using a sauce like this one for gnocchi, but gave it a shot. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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