Tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi

12 Dec

gnocchiThis is a simple yet delicious gnocchi dish nearly (Carrefour gnocchi does the job!) made from scratch that is on the table within half an hour! It is also easy on the pocket – a tasty tomato sauce can be made with a tin of 40cent chopped tomatoes. I make my own pasta sauces and this uses my basic tomato sauce recipe. I also slightly fried the gnocchi to give it a little bite – a continuation of my love for fried pasta! You can also substitute the mascarpone for mozzarella or ricotta. Serve with a handful of rocket for some freshness!

Serves 2
Ingredients:
400g packet of gnocchi
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic
2tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sugar
60g  fresh spinach, washed
125g mascarpone
As much parmesan as you like
Salt & pepper
A few handfuls of rocket

Method:
1. First make your tomato sauce. On a medium heat, warm up the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and fry until light brown. Take off the heat and add the tin of tomatoes – careful, the oil may spit! Add the sugar and season to taste. The sugar is what turns a tin of tomatoes into a rich pasta sauce – an essential ingredient in my opinion! Leave to reduce for 20minutes, adding the spinach after 15minutes.
2. Whilst your sauce is reducing. Cook and drain your gnocchi. When your sauce is well reduced, (the spinach will give off a lot of water so remember not to add it at last minute!) add the gnocchi to the pan. Well coat it in the sauce and leave to fry lightly for a few minutes whilst you heat up your grill to the highest setting.
3. Making sure your gnocchi is evenly spread across the pan, blob the mascarpone over and shave over as much parmesan as you desire. Put the frying pan under the grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling and is a light brown colour.

Enjoy with a fresh rocket salad!

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