How to make Gnocchi with spicy tomato and spinach sauce. Vegan/vegetarian friendly recipe.
Italian dumplings. Gnocchi.
Gnocchi are Italian in origin, they are small, dense soft dumplings made using semolina, potato or plain flour. Gnocchi has been popular in Italy since the Roman times, it seems likely that the recipe for making gnocchi originated somewhere in the middle east and was imported into the Roman empire by returning Romans.
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This recipe for gnocchi with spicy tomato and spinach sauce is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. If you don’t want such a spicy sauce just leave out some, or all, of the chillies. You can use frozen spinach, just allow a little more time for the sauce to cook through. The quantity given here will make enough gnocchi with spicy sauce to serve four people as a main meal or six as a starter.
If you eat cheese then you can always add a little to the dish before serving.
Gnocchi doesn't look very promising in its natural state but add a spicy tomato and spinach sauce and taste the difference.
Recipe for gnocchi.
200g chopped spinach.
Handful of fresh basil leaves.
300g chopped tomatoes, tinned are fine for this recipe.
300g sliced button mushrooms.
2 red chillies, deseeded and sliced.
2tsp extra virgin olive oil.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat some lightly salted water in a large saucepan,the best pans for cooking pasta are actual pasta pans. When the water is boiling tip in the gnocchi. Turn down the heat and simmer for two minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside. Keep a little of the water that you used to boil the gnocchi in a cup or jug as this is very good for thickening the sauce if it turns out a bit too runny.
To prepare the sauce fry the sliced button mushroom in the olive oil in the same pan that you cooked the gnocchi. Add the tomatoes, water, chilli, spinach, and half of the fresh basil leaves. Season well and cook for three or four minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately with a tossed green salad. You can serve this gnocchi with a little grated cheese for extra protein, parmesan or cheddar work well.
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