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How to Make Gnocchi With Spicy Tomato and Spinach Sauce, Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly

Updated on March 3, 2018
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Galaxy has been vegetarian for twenty years and a vegan 'dabbler' for six months. She loves exploring all aspects of alternative lifestyles.

Gnocchi with Spicy Sauce

5 stars from 1 rating of Great tasting gnocchi with spicy tomato sauce,

Italian Dumplings. Gnocchi.

Gnocchi is 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.

Gnocchi originally contained eggs but most of today’s varieties don’t and so they are vegan-friendly as well as being suitable for vegetarians.

Remember to check the label as you never know when a company are going to sneak in something like an egg. I have been shopping for vegetarians and a vegan for years now and I still have to check all the labels every single time I go to the stores.

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 a 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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves four as a starter or six as a main course.

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the cooked gnocchi 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.
  3. To prepare the sauce fry the sliced button mushrooms in the extra virgin olive oil in the same pan that you cooked the gnocchi.
  4. Add the tomatoes, water, chilli, spinach, and half of the fresh basil leaves. Season well and cook for three or four minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining fresh basil leaves.

Ingredients

  • 700g gnocchi
  • 200g spinach, chopped
  • 300g tomatoes, chopped
  • 300g button mushrooms, sliced
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • 2 chillies, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2tsb extra virgin olive oil
  • 2floz water
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Serving suggestions and variations.

Serve immediately with a tossed green salad. You can serve this gnocchi with some grated cheese for extra protein, vegetarian parmesan or cheddar work well. I have also tried grating a small amount of vegan hard cheese over the gnocchi and it works really well too.

You can use tinned chopped tomatoes to make this dish, I have also tried adding a few chopped bell peppers to the sauce, adding a few sliced olives also tastes great. Enjoy.

© 2010 Galaxy Harvey

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  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Good to know, Susana.

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    Susana 

    5 years ago

    You need to combine eaitng healthy and exercising in a right way. You should exercise. Choose stomach exercises to get flat belly mostly and do them regularly. I do exercises 4 days a week and 3 rest days. If you do serious exercise program to yourself you can get flat stomach in 2 1/2 months.

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    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Om Paramapoonya, do give it a try, it is yummy. Let me know what you think of this dish when you've tasted it.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    I recently saw an Italian contestant make gnocchi on the show, Top Chef. And it looked REALLY yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it. :)

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    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    theherbivorehippi, yes, it really is the perfect winter recipe, filling, tasty comfort food. Let me know what you think of it after you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    theherbivorehippi, yes, it really is the perfect winter recipe, filling, tasty comfort food. Let me know what you think of it after you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thanks LTKakde, give this recipe a try it tastes wonderful.

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    theherbivorehippi 

    7 years ago from Holly, MI

    I think I just fell in love! This is a perfect winter recipe! I shall bookmark this to pick up the ingredients at the store to try soon. Yum! Thanks!

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    LTKakde 

    7 years ago

    very nice dish, i like this types foods highlighting the veggies or spices. thanks for the recipe and tips.

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting Katiem2.Let me know if you try this recipe.

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    katiem2 

    7 years ago from I'm outta here

    nice dish, I love this kind of healthy food highlighting the veggies and spices. Thanks for the recipe and tips. :)

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