2012-06-29

Homemade Gnocchi with a Fresh Summer Sauce



I was 16 years old when for the first time in my life I had fresh homemade gnocchi. It was at my aunts house. I was so amazed, by those soft bites of potato dough!  My aunt Patricia is from Perugia Italy and oh Gosh does she know about homemade pasta.
So today I have this easy recipe for homemade gnocchi served with a fresh sauce that I saw on Rachel Rays Magazine.
The dish is fresh, believe me it’s easy and the only challenging thing about it is that you have to share the pot with the family!

Ingredients (3 people)

For the gnocchi
Kosher salt
3 medium russet potatoes
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
For the sauce
2 corns on the cob
3 tablespoons pistachios
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (pepitas) 
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 / 2 green bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 - 2 cloves garlic
juice of one lime
Salt - Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive oil
To serve
2 chopped tomatoes
1/2 chopped onion
Plenty of grated Parmesan  and freshly ground pepper to serve


How to make

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Spread a baking pan with parchment paper and sprinkle some Kosher Salt in the center of the pan.  Lay the potatoes on top of the salt and prick them all over using a fork. Bake for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Let them sit in room temperature until they are cool enough to handle.
Peel them and puree them using a fork or  if you have the potato ricer. The puree must be as smooth as possible, if you have lumps of potato then your pasta will be well with tiny potato pieces inside.. 
Beat the egg using a fork and add the salt. Spread the potato puree on a surface and add the egg mix. Stir to combine.
Add 1/2 cup of the flour and stir still with a fork. Add the remaining flour and fold the dough using your hands. Knead until the dough is not sticky, add some more flour if needed (not too much though). The dough should be soft and when you press your finger into it, it should come out clean. Divide the dough into 6 pieces.
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Flour a surface and roll each piece into “snakes”.
Cut the gnocchi with a knife. Transfer them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and sprinkle a little flour.
Boil plenty of water, add salt and when it comes to a boil add the gnocchi. When the gnocchi are starting to float count 30 seconds and remove them with a slotted spoon and add them to the prepared sauce. 
The sauce.
Boil plenty of water add salt and when it comes to a boil add the corn. Boil for 10 minutes and strain. Grease a baking pan and  cook the corn slightly just to get some color.
Drag a knife along the corn cob and keep the corn in a bowl.
Using a nonstick frying pan dry roast the peanuts and pumpkin seeds until fragrant. Transfer to a food processor or a blender.
Add the basil, mint, cheese, pepper, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add gradually the olive oil as you chop until you have a pesto kind of sauce. Add to the bowl with the corn and stir.
Using another bowl add the chopped tomatoes with the onion.
Serve the gnocchi with the corn pesto, add the fresh tomato sauce and plenty of freshly ground pepper and grated parmesan cheese.





Have a wonderful weekend!

15 comments:

  1. Never made it, always wanted to. I still remember the first time I had it too - at San Francesco's on Clinton St. - along with their amazing veal sandwiches - 1975!

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  2. Oh Eri, that looks yum, yum, yum. I love gnocchi and I love the sound of this sauce. I've never made a tomato sauce with pistachios and pumpkin seeds before. They would add not only great flavour but wonderful texture for the gnocchi. Great recipe xx

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  3. Yes, this sounds amazing!!! I haven't made gnocchi in years and now I'm craving it. The sauce looks delightful as well...mmmmmmm.

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  4. This looks great! I have never made gnocchi myself! Cheers!

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  5. Looks so good! I tried making gnocchi's before but not like you I think I started when I was in my 30's

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  6. Nothing beat homemade Gnocchie Eri....I just wish my Italian wife would make it more often for me. ;-)

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  7. Hi Eri,this is my hubby's most favourite dish! I'll just have to make it for his B-day party this weekend.. :) Have a great week, XOXO

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  8. I really love your style, and your photos are so magical!

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  9. Wow, this looks just wonderful, Eri! So pretty and full of flavor!

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  10. I've never made or tried gnocchi but they do look superb! Would love to try them some day! Did it take long to make them?

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  11. nostimo fenete! :)


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  12. I have seen a lot of people making gnocchi and I've been curious. One day I have to give this a try because it could be quite fan to make gnocchi. Your dish always make me hungry.... :-)

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  13. Να χα μια πιρουνια!

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  14. I absolutely adore gnocchi. This looks wonderful. I must make some again soon!

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  15. Every time I hop on your blog, my mouth waters- this looks just fantastic! Thanks again :)

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