Gnocchi is something that is super fun to make, but its hard to get it right! It comes down to the specific potatoes you use and how you cook them. For this recipe, I'm using "Spud lite" Potatoes, which are potatoes that are a light and creamy potato with a super soft inside when cooked. Also - they're 25% less carbs...win! (does that mean we get 25% more of a serving????? HAHA) The flavouring IN the gnocchi is also what makes it delicious, little hints of rosemary, chilli and black pepper just make it super delicious.
Enough to serve 4
800g Spud Lite potatoes
1 egg yolk
2 cups of plain flour, sifted
1/4 cup parmesan (optional)
1 Tablespoon of dried rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
extra flour for kneading
Small Pinch Salt & Cracked pepper
1 400g can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of Pasaata sauce
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 brown onion, diced
1/2 small fresh red chilli, deseeded and chopped
3 Basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
Sprinkle of salt and pepper
Peel potatoes using a vegetable peeler.
Using a large, deep saucepan, add potatoes and enough cold water to cover completely. Boil the potatoes in water until soft (around 15 minutes).
Once potatoes are cooked, drain them from the water and mash until super smooth.
*Be careful not to over cook them, you don't want them to be flooded and become super watery.
Add parmesan, rosemary, chilli flakes, salt and cracked pepper to the potatoes and mix throughly.
Leave these to cool completely before moving to the next step.
One cooled, Add the egg yolk, plain flour and mix (this is where you need to use your hands!).
Transfer mixture to a floured surface and continue to kneed until it has formed into a soft dough (you don't want super sticky dough!)
Roll the dough into a circle. Cut the circle in quarters.
Using one quarter at a time, roll out into a sausage like figure. Cut the long roll into 2cm pieces.
Using each little piece individually, roll into a small ball. Using a fork, press the fork into the gnocchi to give it that ridged look. This isn't necessary, but it sure makes it look good!
To cook the gnocchi, boil some water with a pinch of salt! The gnocchi only needs to be cooked for 1-2 minutes. They should float to the top of the water once they are almost ready!
After you've done all of that hard work, start making the sauce!
Into a deep saucepan, heat olive oil over high heat. Add garlic, onion, chilli and leave to simmer until the onion is translucent.
Place the crushed tomatoes and Passata sauce and mix through.
Add oregano and a generous pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
Add basil leaves and leave to simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened.
Pair the sauce with the gnocchi and Serve hot! These can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container.
Hope you LOVED this recipe! Thank-you to the Spud Lite potatoes for being the perfect potato to use! If you do love this recipe, I'd love to see your recreations over on instagram! Love, Leah x