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Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce


10 min

Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

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10 min


4 persons




4.00 rating-star (1)


Author: Victoria Bailey
Fluffy potato dumplings sautГ©ed for a crispy exterior and tender interior with a simple tomato sauce. I used the oil from the marinated mozzarella ball container for the sauce with great success.


  • olive oil: 0.25 cup
  • (12 ounce) packages refrigerated gnocchi: 2 packages
  • garlic, minced, or more to taste: 3 clove
  • crushed red pepper flakes: 0.25 tsp
  • salt: 1 pinch
  • sugar: 1 pinch
  • (28 ounce) can whole Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano): 1 can
  • marinated mozzarella balls: 8 ounces
  • fresh parsley or basil (optional): 0 piece

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Stages of cooking

  1. Open marinated mozzarella balls and measure out 1/4 cup of the oil.
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  2. Pour oil into a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook gnocchi in batches in the hot oil until golden and heated through. Divide gnocchi evenly amongst 4 gratin dishes.
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  3. Add garlic and red chili flakes to the oil in the same skillet. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in salt and sugar. Pour in tomatoes. Use a wooden spoon to break up and crush the tomatoes.
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  4. Bring sauce to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer tomatoes for 15 minutes.
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  5. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.
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  6. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings if desired. Spoon tomato sauce over the gnocchi. Top each dish with 3 marinated mozzarella balls and set on a baking sheet.
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  7. Add baking sheet to oven and broil until mozzarella balls are melted and golden browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley or basil if desired and serve immediately.
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History of the Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce:

Gnocchi is a traditional Italian dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. These small dumplings are usually made with mashed potatoes or flour, and they can be served in a variety of ways. The Pomodoro Sauce, which is a simple tomato sauce made with garlic, salt, and sugar, is a popular accompaniment to gnocchi.

Tips and Tricks for Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce Recipe:

  1. Cook the gnocchi in batches to ensure that they brown and cook evenly.
  2. Use San Marzano tomatoes if possible for the tomato sauce, as they have a sweeter flavor.
  3. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a bit of pasta water to thin it out.
  4. Be careful not to overcook the gnocchi, as they can become mushy and lose their shape.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Serve the Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce in individual gratin dishes for an elegant presentation.
  2. Place the mozzarella balls on top of the gnocchi before baking to create a delicious, cheesy crust.
  3. Garnish the dish with fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil, for a pop of color and added flavor.
  4. Serve with a side salad or crusty bread for a complete meal.

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