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Ricotta Gnocchi with Cherry Tomato Pomodoro

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Ingredients (14)

For the Ricotta Gnocchi:

  • 1½ cups [180 g] all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 lb [455 g] strained ricotta cheese
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Cherry Tomato Pomodoro:

  • 2 pt [760 g] cherry tomatoes, stemmed
  • ¼ cup [60 ml] extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Sicilian
  • Pinch of crushed red peppers flakes
  • ½ bunch fresh basil, leaves only
  • Best-quality olive oil for drizzling
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving
Nutritional Information
  • Calories387
  • Fat23.42g
  • Saturated fat8.29g
  • Trans fat0.0g
  • Carbs31.01g
  • Fiber2.41g
  • Sugar3.41g
  • Protein13.82g
  • Cholesterol65.22mg
  • Sodium418.59mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (6 servings) Powered by

This tomato sauce made from extra-sweet cherry tomatoes is slightly indulgent but still doable in summer, when tomatoes are everywhere and growing out of control. The sauce takes on a silky texture that complements the pillowy texture of the ricotta gnocchi very well. This seems to be a dish that pleases young children as much as more astute diners.

Instructions

  1. 1To make the gnocchi: On a work surface, spread out ½ cup [60 g] of the flour in a 9-in [23-cm] circle. Crumble the ricotta cheese over that and sprinkle another ½ cup [60 g] flour on top. Sprinkle the salt and nutmeg over. With your fingertips, gently gather the ricotta, incorporating the flour a little as you do, working the cheese and flour into a mound, with a volcano-shaped well in the center.
  2. 2Pour about three-fourths of the beaten egg into the well in the dough, and use a fork to combine the dough and egg until it has become a rough mass. Gently fold the mass with a bench scraper repeatedly until the dough has mostly come together into a ragged mass. Begin to gently knead, adding up to an additional ¼ cup [30 g] flour, until you have a smooth mass. Use small, quick motions and light touches—just enough to bring the dough together; assertive handling develops gluten, which will make your gnocchi tough.
  3. 3Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes. Cover the work surface with the remaining ¼ cup [30 g] flour. Unwrap the dough and gently shape into a 1-in- [2.5-cm-] thick disk.
  4. 4Cut the disk into six strips and gently roll each strip into a log about ½ in [12 mm] in diameter. With a knife, cut each log into 1-in [2.5-cm] segments. Press each one into the tines of a fork, leaving a finger imprint on one side of the dumpling and a fork impression on the other. Transfer to a baking sheet and dust with additional flour.
  5. 5To make the pomodoro: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherry tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes burst and release their liquid.
  6. 6Simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Pass the sauce through a food mill into a large frying pan. Season with the oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and basil leaves. Continue to simmer to meld the flavors, 5 to 10 minutes longer.
  7. 7Bring an extra-large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the gnocchi and boil just until they float to the surface, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to the pan with the sauce and toss gently.
  8. 8Transfer to a large serving platter. Drizzle with best-quality olive oil. Serve immediately, offering Parmesan at the table.

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