Potato Gnocchi With Quick Tomato Sauce

Potato Gnocchi With Quick Tomato Sauce

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Once you get the hang of it, gnocchi is one of the easiest pastas to make from scratch at home. We paired it with a quick fresh tomato sauce that uses good quality olive oil to add richness and flavor. Experiment by adding fresh or dried herbs, Parmesan cheese, or even a protein to your sauce for a custom creation.

Cook Time
55 minutes
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Yield
2 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Add the potatoes to a large pot of salted boiling water and cook for 20–25 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle, but still warm.
2. Step
While the potatoes are cooking, make the tomato sauce: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, high-walled skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, season with salt and sauté until soft, 5–7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, season with salt, and cook until they start to burst, about 5 minutes. Add the water and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cover and cook until the tomatoes have broken down into a sauce, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover until ready to serve.
3. Step
Using a peeler or your fingers, remove the skin from the potatoes. Pass the potato flesh through a ricer or food mill into a large bowl. Add the egg and mix until just combined. Slowly incorporate the flour, a little at a time, until the dough starts to form. Be careful not to overwork the dough. If the dough still feels sticky, add a little more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time.
4. Step
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Cut into 4 portions. Roll out 1 portion into a long rope, about 1 inch wide. Cut in half crosswise, then cut each half into 1-inch pieces. Set aside on a lightly floured surface while you repeat with the remaining dough.
5. Step
If desired, roll each gnocchi on a fork or gnocchi board to make decorative ridges.
6. Step
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches, add the gnocchi, stirring gently once or twice to ensure they are not sticking to the bottom of the pot or each other. Boil until the gnocchi float to the surface, then wait another 15–30 seconds and remove from the water with a slotted spoon. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water.
7. Step
Reheat the tomato sauce over medium heat. Add some of the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Check for seasoning and add salt if needed. Add the gnocchi to the sauce and toss until well coated, adding more pasta water as needed to create a thick sauce.
8. Step
Serve immediately and enjoy!

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