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Ricotta Gnocchi with Raw Tomato Sauce

Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 3 mins

Ingredients
  

Raw Tomato Sauce

  • 5-6 medium heirloom tomatoes diced fine
  • 1 pint multi-colored cherry tomatoes diced fine
  • 1/2 white onion diced fine
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 fresh basil chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Ricotta Gnocchi

  • 475 g 17 oz good quality ricotta
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Instructions
 

For the Tomato Sauce

  • Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and anchovy paste (if using) together. Pour the mixture over the tomato mixture and toss to coat.
  • Transfer the bowl to the fridge and let marinate for 2-3 hours.
  • When you're 15 minutes away from serving, take the sauce out of the fridge and let it return to room temperature.

For the Gnocchi

  • Place the ricotta in a bowl lined with two layers of cheese cloth. Gather the edges of the cheese cloth together to form a bundle. Squeeze the bundle to force out any excess moisture in the cheese.
  • Once the cheese has expelled most of it's moisture, transfer it to a large bowl. Add the garlic, egg, parmesan, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Start introducing the flour to the cheese mixture in 1/4 cup increments while stirring constantly. When a soft dough begins to form, transfer it to an extremely well-floured surface. Knead the dough, continuously, adding more flour, until the dough is firm enough to shape. Don't add too much flour or the dough will be tough. You want the dough to still be soft, so use a light hand.
  • Divide the dough into 8 sections. Roll each of sections out into long snakes. Using a bench scraper, cut the snakes into a series of little pillow-like shapes about a 1/2 an inch wide. Transfer the gnocchi to a well-floured baking sheet and continue with each remaining sections.
  • When the gnocchi is cut, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water liberally and add the gnocchi. Cook the gnocchi until it floats to the surface, about 3 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse the gnocchi in hot water.

To Combine

  • Pour the hot gnocchi into a large serving platter. Top the pasta with the raw tomato sauce and garnish with fresh basil leaves and shredded parmesan cheese. Serve the pasta family style with a good, cheap red. This is low key at it's best, no need to get fancy.