Homemade Eggless Gnocchi in Creamy Tomato Sauce

>>  Saturday, July 11, 2015

For day two cooking Vegetarian Italian For Dinner, I opted to make Gnocchi (nyoh-kee). Gnocchi are soft dough dumplings made with wheat flour, semolina, egg, cheese, potato and breadcrumbs. However as expected with all dishes, there are so many variations among the different regions. One just has to check online for some ideas and you end up being confused with the many options you get.

I wanted to keep mine very simple and after reading a lot, realized that flour and potato are the basic combinations and other things can be included based on your choice. The process was also much similar to Modak though not exactly the same. I loved the dough that formed after kneading with potatoes. It was so elastic and bouncing.

Since the idea was to make something filling for dinner, I decided to make it in a creamy sauce and when I saw this, I knew I would love it myself. Konda was very upset that I had made it when she wasn't around. I have promised to make them again for her. Though I wonder, will I ever get back to a recipe!

I especially liked the sauce a lot, next time I should peel off the tomato skin and make a puree of it. That way the sauce would be much more saucy and creamy.

I was happy trying this as the creamy sauce was so tasty. We can add other pastas in this sauce and it should taste fantastic.

The theme made me expand my boundaries as otherwise I would never have tried a sauce that might look bland. Since my folks like cheesy sauce, they are fine tasting this. I had this as a meal and I was all fine and won't mind making it again.

Homemade Eggless Gnocchi in Creamy Tomato Sauce
Serves - 1
Time - 30 mins

Ingredients Needed:

For the gnocchi

Potatoes, boiled and peeled - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 2 3- tsp
Salt to taste

For the creamy tomato sauce

Butter - 1 tbsp 
Tomatoes, finely chopped - 1 cup
Grated cheddar cheese - 3 tbsp
All purpose flour - 2 tsp 
Dried oregano - 1 tsp
Milk - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

How to make the Pasta

For the Gnocchi

Press the boiled and peeled potatoes through a ricer or a grater. Slowly add the flour by teaspon and mix till the dough is not sticking. Knead well, cover and set aside for about 20 minutes. I kept it for about 10 mins. 

Generously flour the rolling board. Knead the dough again and divide it into 4 parts. Roll out each part into a rope about half inch thick. Cut the rope into one inch sections. Make ridges on the gnocchi by rolling it over a fork.

Bring a large pot of water to boil on mediun-low heat. Add salt and carefully drop gnocchi one by one. Cook until gnocchi rise to the top. This should take about two minutes. Gently scoop them out using a slotted spoon.

For the Creamy tomato sauce

Heat butter in a nonstick pan. Add dried oregano and chopped tomatoes. Mix well and cook under a lid until tomatoes become mushy. 

Add all purpose flour and keep mixing. Cook till the flour is fone, add milk and cook until the mixture thickens. Add salt and grated cheddar cheese. Once it boils, Toss the cooked gnocchi in the sauce and serve hot.

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vaishali sabnani July 11, 2015 at 5:04 AM  

Wow ! This has been on my wish list since so so long! It looks really nice and I so badly want to try it with this super delicious cheese sauce. Loved it.

Nivedhanams Sowmya July 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM  

was looking for an eggless recipe and here i have it.. looks so perfect and yummm...

praba bubesh July 13, 2015 at 3:51 AM  

Homemeade gnocchi looks awesome..lovely recipe..

Kalyani July 13, 2015 at 3:02 PM  

you are inspring me to make GNocchi at home Valli .. good series with Italian...

sneha datar July 13, 2015 at 7:26 PM  

Creamy and delicious gnocchi.

Harini-Jaya R July 14, 2015 at 9:50 PM  

I am thinking this will be liked by the kids. Bookmarked.

sushma July 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM  

Super delicious dish.

Pavani N July 15, 2015 at 11:19 PM  

I have been planning to make gnocchi for a very long time, but haven't had a chance. Your gnocchi looks delicious and that creamy sauce sounds divine :-)

Sapana Behl July 15, 2015 at 11:50 PM  

Wow homemade gnocchi looks so creamy and tasty.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan July 16, 2015 at 9:39 PM  

I have been wanting to do gnocchis for a long time but never got around it. The combination looks really good.

Priya Suresh July 23, 2015 at 12:06 PM  

Never tried my hands in making gnocchis at home as we get them easily in stores there, love the efforts u have put in Valli..

Chef Mireille July 25, 2015 at 11:44 AM  

what a luscious looking bowl

Varadas Kitchen August 31, 2015 at 5:11 AM  

Fresh homemade pasta has such a delicious flavor. It looks great!

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