Gnocchi Bake

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
2 people
25 min

It's January, it's cold and everyone is in need of comforting food.

“Gnocchi alla Sorrentina” or, more easily, gnocchi bake, is such a comforting dish, perfect for mid-week or a lazy weekend. It's fully of yummy tomato sauce and gooey cheese that add that extra layer of warmth and texture to the humble gnocchi. My biggest advice when it comes to gnocchi is to buy fresh ones, that you get in the fridge aisle, rather than dry one. They make all the difference in taste! And if you have the time, why not make them yourselves. They are surprisingly easy.

So give it a go and let me know what you think!

Recipe details
  • 2  people
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 17.5 oz fresh gnocchi
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cup good quality passata
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • fresh basil
  • Optional: spinach or leftover cooked veg
  • 1 cup mozzarella, cubed
  • Parmesan, grated

Chop up into small cubes the mozzarella and put it on a sieve on top of the sink or a bowl to let lose its water and dry up a bit
In the meantime, put a few tbsp of oil in a pan and sautée the garlic for a couple of minutes.
Add the passata, sugar, vinegar and basil. Let it simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes mixing from time to time.
In the meantime, boil the gnocchi for a few minutes in plenty of salted water according to the packet instructions.
When they are reasy, drain them and add them to the tomato sauce. Season to taste.⁣
Optional: at this point you could also choose to add in a handful of spinach or other cooked veg (e.g. peppers, courgettes, aubergije, etc.). Stil them in until heated through.
Tranfer the gnocchi and sauce in a baking dish, and scatter the mozzarella cubes on top. Sprinkle plenty of parmesan cheese and pop it under the grill at 250° for 5-8 minuti, until the cheese on top has melted and starting to bubble. Serve hot!
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