On Tuesday Chef Nunzio from Nunzio’s Restaurant in Collingswood, NJ joined us for Cooking with Nunzio. Chef Nunzio used fresh produce from the Collingswood Farmer’s Market – using many Jersey Fresh produce. It’s time for Chef Nunzio to share his second Famous Gnocchi of Italy! On today’s menu: Gnocchi di Ricotta with Napoletan Tomato Sauce…oh so creamy and tasty! Absolutely divine…
Gnocchi di Ricotta with Napoletan Tomato Sauce
Recipe by Chef Nunzio Patruno
1 lb ricotta impastata (dense ricotta)
1 cup all purpose flour
salt & pepper
ground fresh nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 egg yolk
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 oz olive oil
2 bay leaves
2-3 basil leaves
1 lb fresh plum tomatoes
1 cup canned San Marzano whole tomatoes
Let’s start by making the Napoletan Tomato Sauce. Cook the garlic in the olive oil in a medium sauce pot until golden.
Dice tomatoes and remove seeds.
Add the diced tomatoes to the sauce pot. Then add the whole tomatoes, bay leaves, basil, salt & pepper. Cook for 15 minutes at medium heat; stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
Meanwhile, prepare the Gnocchi di Ricotta. Put the ricotta impastata, flour, pinch of salt, pepper & grated nutmeg, the parsley and egg yolk in a large mixing bowl.
Gently work the dough until all the ingredients are incorporated together. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place on a flat surface. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for 10-15 minutes.
Roll the dough into a 3/4 inch thick rope and cut the rope into 1 inch thick pillows. Repeat with remaining dough until all dough has been used.
Using a fork, roll each gnocchi along the tines of the fork to create a pattern.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook them in the boiling water until the gnocchi rise to the surface. Remove them with a skimmer and set aside.
Serve the Gnocchi di Ricotta with the Napoletan Tomato Sauce, sprinkle with a little fresh cheese and garnish with basil leaves.
Thank you Chef Nunzio from Nunzio’s Restaurant for sharing your second Famous Gnocchi of Italy with us today!