Gnocchi with grilled cherry tomato sauce

Posted: September 5, 2010 by nietize in Italian, Pasta, Vegetarian
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From Let’s Cook Italian and Pasta
Serves 4
450g floury potatoes
1 medium egg
1 tsp salt
75-90g plain flour
450g cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
zest of 1/2 lemon, finely grated
1 tbsp freshly chopped thyme
1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch of sugar
freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve

Preheat the grill just before required. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook for 20-25 minutes until tender. Drain. Leave until cool enough to handle but still hot, then peel them and place in a large bowl. Mash until smooth then work in the egg salt and enough of the flour to form a soft dough.

With floured hands, roll a spoonful of the dough into a small ball. Flatten the ball slightly on to the back of a large fork, then roll it off the fork to make a little ridged dumpling. Place each gnocchi on to a floured tea towel as you work.

Place the tomatoes in a flameproof shallow dish. Add the garlic, lemon zest, herbs and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the sugar. Cook under the preheated grill for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are charred and tender, stirring once or twice.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil, then reduce to a steady simmer. Dripping in 6-8 gnocchi at a time, cook in batches for 3-4 minutes, or until they begin bobbing up to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on absorbent kitchen paper before transferring to a warmed serving dish; cover with foil. Toss the cooked gnocchi with the tomato sauce. Serve immediately a little parmesan cheese.

Surprisingly, the gnocchi I made wasn’t too bad. It tasted fine and I quite like the texture of the pasta. I added too much egg though (I am cooking for 1 so I reduced the amount of potatoes) and the dough became too wet; I had to add more flour to bring it to a more appropriate consistency.

Still not too sure whether I want to make my own pasta; it just seems too much hassle and messy for a meal. I think I would still prefer to buy my pasta from Waitrose.


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