Tomato and olive gnocchi

March 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm 2 comments

As you might remember, I recently tackled what I long felt was a daunting recipe: homemade gnocchi. I’ve made it three times now and as long as you can summon your patience it is easy to make these beautiful potatoey pillows.

Cooking is a huge source of relaxation to me and this recipe really fits with that. There is lots of meditative prep work to do preparing the dough, an endless array of choices for dressing the gnocchi and the satisfaction of sitting down to something special and handmade.

We had this olive and tomato gnocchi last weekend. We weren’t doing anything special, but it was Saturday and there is more time for cooking. We spent the day painting the main floor of our house (a beautiful robin’s egg blue) and puttering around outside in the garden (finally a warm weekend!). There is a celebratory feeling about both of those things, so I thought it was a good night for a special dinner.

Olives are a wonderful match with a simple tomato sauce, giving it a good zing of salty, tangy flavour.

Tomato and olive gnocchi
Serves 4 (at least)

1 recipe of homemade gnocchi
1 jar homemade tomato sauce
1/2 cup of pitted green olives, coarsely chopped
Grated parmesan, chili flakes and chopped fresh herbs to garnish

Doesn’t that sound easy and delicious? It is! I made the gnocchi from dough I had frozen in the freezer since I made more than we could eat the last time. This works perfectly fine, just defrost the dough thoroughly and use extra flour when you are making the little gnocchis.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frugalfeeding  |  March 29, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Delicious, I love gnocchi. This is a truly summery dish – love the addition of olives.

  • 2. Karen  |  March 29, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Your meal does sound delicious. I also love the idea of your lovely blue floor.

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