Romana gnocchi with Napoletana sauce

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By: Gennaro Contaldo From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.53 / 5 (19 votes)

Prep time:
10 min, plus cooling
Cook time:
1 hr 15 min

Gennaro Contaldo’s traditional Italian dish can be assembled the day before it is needed and baked just before your guests arrive


1. For the Napoletana sauce: heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the garlic and sweat until softened.

2. Add the tomatoes and basil, season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and simmer gently for 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3. For the gnocchi: put the milk in a non-stick saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower heat and gradually add the semolina, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon in order to prevent lumps. (Using an electric whisk will help keep it smooth.) Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring well and ensuring nothing sticks to the pan.

4. Once the semolina is thick, remove the pan from the heat and add salt to taste, 80g butter, the egg yolks, 50g parmesan and mix well.

5. Turn the mixture onto a clean damp work surface and spread into a rectangular shape, 1cm thick, using a wet spatula. Leave to cool.

6. Using a pastry cutter or a glass, cut out rounds of 5cm in diameter.

7. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4.

8. Grease a large rectangular baking dish with butter and arrange the gnocchi in a single layer in the dish, so that they are slightly overlapping.

9. Melt the remaining butter and pour over gnocchi.

10. Sprinkle over the remaining parmesan and the breadcrumbs and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

11. To serve, reheat the Napoletana sauce and serve with the baked gnocchi and a mixed salad.

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Latest Comment


Such great a return for such a simple dish to make, this is now a firm favourite in my house. Sole food at its finest

Chris_P Chris_P  Posted 22 Mar 2010 8:24 AM

This was so scrumptious, very,very simple to make. I drizzled over a little olive oil rather than melted butter before baking (have tried another recipe which used melted butter in the past and found it too rich), the flavours were excellent and went beautifully with the tomato sauce.

sallly sallly  Posted 06 Oct 2009 4:25 PM