Tuna Gnocchi Sauce

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
5 portions
1 hr 5 min

✅ Freezable sauce that is great with gnocchi and pasta!

✅ Store-cupboard ingredients

This recipe actually comes from my husband’s grandmother (nonna) and it’s been passed down the generations. As it tastes best when it’s cooked for a long period of time, I usually make a really big batch and freeze it in plastic freezer bags that I use again and again. You can then whip up a yummy homemade meal in no time whenever you fancy it!

This sauce is great on pasta, but it’s particularly amazing on gnocchi, which only take 3 minutes to cook in boiling water! For the actual gnocchi, you can either make them yourself (which is way easier than you think) or buy them from the store, but do me a favour: only buy the fresh gnocchi you find in the fridge aisle. You will notice the difference compared to the dry ones!

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Recipe details
  • 5  portions
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cans (5.6oz each) of tuna in oil
  • 1 can (14oz) chopped tomatoes
  • Fresh basil

In a pan, soften the onion with the tuna and its oil from the tin.
Add the tomatoes and let it cook on a low heat for 1 hour, more if you are doing bigger quantities for your freezer stash. You can leave it on the hob whilst you do other things around the house/play with the kids, but remember to mix it from time to time to ensure it doesn’t burn on the bottom. You want the sauce to thicken and not be watery.
Blend everything together using a hand blender. We like it quite smooth, but feel free to leave it a bit lumpy if you prefer.
Add salt and pepper and some torn fresh basil. You can now freeze it in portions or have it right away, just mix it with your gnocchi (that you can cook following the packet instructions) or pasta if you prefer, and serve!
  • If you like capers, try adding them together with the tomatoes or after you have blended the sauce (if you prefer them whole)
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