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GNOCCHI WITH CLASSIC TOMATO SAUCE TOPPED WITH RICOTTA CHEESE

July 22, 2015

Gnocchi is a pasta like dumpling. Like many Italian dishes, there is a great variation of recipes and names across different regions for it. My favorite is the potato gnocchi. I had tried gnocchi multiple times before, but every time I tried it, it was the ricotta gnocchi. I was never a fan! I first fell in love with it at Terroni Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. It was the first time I had potato gnocchi. They are the greatest things ever created, well one of them. Most importantly, these gnocchi are heaven in a bowl, cushions in every bite, a explosion of taste on your tongue... I could go on and on about them. So, I decided to attempt the same recipe as Terroni and I got pretty damn close. It's super easy and so yummy.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs potato gnocchi

  • 2 tblspns olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed thru a garlic press

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 2 8 oz cans tomato sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ricotta cheese

Directions:

  1. Boil water and cook gnocchi as directed on the package.

  2. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a pot, add garlic and cook for about a minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

  3. Add in diced tomatoes, mix well and let cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Add tomato sauce and spices and and mix well. Bring to a boil and let cook for 10 minutes on medium high heat.

  5. Add drained gnocchi to the sauce. Stir well and serve hot with a spoon of ricotta cheese on top.

*NOTE: If you like, I do sometimes, you can add shredded fresh basil to the sauce. I also like to top it off with an oven roasted basil leaf. 

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #EATDRINKPLAYLA. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

 

 

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