giovedì 29 maggio 2014

Veggie Gnocchi


Ingredients for 2 persons:

To make gnocchi: 

-500 gr of white pastry floury potatoes
-150 gr of white or whole wheat flour
(Change the dose of the flour if you use a different kind of potatoes). 

To make tomato sauce:
-500 gr of cherry tomatoes
-1/2 of onion
- Just enough extra virgin olive oil and salt 
- 2 or 3 basil leaves 
- Chilli pepper or pepper as required

Preparation: 

Wash potatoes carefully and cook them in boiling water for around 30 minutes. 
Try to stick into them with a fork to verify if they are cooked. 
When they are cooked, peel them and use a potato masher. Let them cool down a 
bit, until they get to room-temperature. Then flavour them with a pinch of salt 
and add a part of flour. 
Knead them and, little by little, add the rest of the flour. Continue to knead 
potatoes until you will obtain a compact and slightly modelling block. Remember 
not to knead neither a too soft, nor a too solid block. 
Divide the block into small pieces. Try to produce from the block long thin 
stripes by rolling over the block on the table, where to arrange them. Help 
yourself with you hands. Do not forget to cover in flour both the table and 
your hands. 
Cube ½ of onion and sear it in a frying pan covered with a very little of 
olive oil; then add cherry tomatoes and 2-3 basil leaves. Add a  pinch of salt 
and flavour it with chilli pepper or pepper, as required. Cook it slowly for 
almost 20 minutes. As the sauce gets ready, put on the stove a pot filled with 
water, add some salt when water boils and put gnocchi in hot water. When they 
come above water, it means they are ready. Drain them with the help of a 
drilled fork, put them in dishes, add tomato sauce and… 

HAVE A NICE MEAL!