Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been to Italy for over ten times now and I have tried all sorts of delicious food but never really had gnocchi?! I’ve had pasta, meat, all kinds of appetizers, Sicilian food, pastas from Sardinia, pizza from Napoli, you name it, but NEVER had gnocchi once! The reason: boh, as Italians would say! (boh – no clue)
So here’s my attempt at not just having gnocchi but making it from scratch!
Before you start working with the gnocchi, put together your tomato sauce because it will need no less than 30 minutes to cook. For tomato sauce recipe, refer to an earlier post of mine: Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions
Gnocchi (serves 3)
3/4 cup flour
Boil the potatoes whole with skin on until soft and well cooked. Peel the skin off and then with a food mill mash the potatoes while they’re still warm. Add the flour gradually and knead with your hands to form a dough-like ball, soft but a little sticky. Roll out the dough with your hand on a floured surface to make several sausage-like rolls (2-cm width). Cut off 1cm-thick knobs and set them on a plate.
Boil salted water in a pot and throw in the gnocchi 5 pieces at a time. Take them out with a slotted spoon when they float (no longer than 4 minutes). Repeat with the rest of the gnocchi. When your gnocchi are cooked, place them in plates or in a serving dish and pour over them the tomato sauce that you’ve prepared.
Did I like gnocchi? I did, but I still prefer pasta ;)