One thing that has always been on my must-try list is making pasta and this Christmas my sister bought Pete a potato ricer so he could make gnocchi, not quite pasta but a start. And who knew how easy it was?!
It’s not easy to perfect but the recipe requires nothing more than a little time, seasoning, potatoes and flour, so couldn’t be more simple. This was our third attempt and each time they have been slightly different, but as a gnocchi fan, I’m willing to keep trying…
This recipe is taken from Monica’s Kitchen by Masterchef judge Monic Galetti
Ingredients (serves 4 as a main, 6 as a starter)
500g floury potatoes
120g plain flour
2 pinches sea salt
2 tsp mild pepper flakes (we just use ground pepper to season as usual)
Knob of butter
Olive oil (for frying after if desired)
- Rice the potatoes and add the butter to the bowl.
- Sift int he flour then gently bring together without over working.
- Divide the ‘dough’ into 3 and roll out into long ‘sausages’.
- cut them into small2-3cm square pillows (you can reshape them unto balls at this stage but I like them ‘rustico’ as my friend Dan says,) and flatten with a fork to create the characteristic ridges.
- Bring a large pan of salted boiling water to the boil and cookt he gnocchi until they float – 1-2 minutes usually. Spoon them out and drain gently (they are fragile!)
You can then fry them for a bit of extra texture in butter if you’re feeling naughty!
Have you ever made gnocchi or pasta? Will you be trying this one out? Do tweet or instagram me a pic if you do!