Talk to me about Gnocchi

(58 Posts)
iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 14:08:01

I am OBSESSED with Gnocchi. It is my absolute favourite food. Began obsession when served it in Rome in a simple tomato sauce - couldn't have been more simple. The best thing I have ever eaten. Obviously that was fresh Gnocchi.

So I have three questions...
1/ Have you come across any good fresh or dried Gnocchi at any of the major supermarkets?
2/ What can you have with Gnocchi that isn't tomato sauce/ chopped tomatoes or Pesto?
3/ Any general Gnocchi tips?!

Anyone else out there as obsessed as me?

NotTreadingGrapes Thu 09-May-13 14:10:38

Bolognaise sauce, baked in oven with sauce and mozzarella on top,
Nigella fries them instead of chips (MN equally divided on that one, 50% say is delish, 50% say is like eating wood chippings)

Anything you can serve with pasta, you can serve with gnocchi basically.

As it's only tatties and flour, all brands are more or less equal. Have never seen it dried tbh, don't see how it couldn't be "fresh".

starfishmummy Thu 09-May-13 14:13:54

You an get gnocchi in sainsburys either fresh in the chiller or long life vacuum packs in the pasta aisle. its not that unusual so I imagine most big supermarkets will have it. Whether it is as good as Italian I can't say as I have never been there.

Its nice with a bolognaise sauce too.

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 14:14:47

oh no sorry - dried wasn't the right word. I meant they do it in a sort of vacuum pack that you can keep for a year - I get this at Tescos. Or they do it fresh in that you have to eat it in a few days and it is 'wetter' - from Waitrose.

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 14:15:24

Never thought of baking it! Will try that. Can't imagine it fried!

NotTreadingGrapes Thu 09-May-13 14:16:11

Oh right, I see.

I tend to buy Giovanni Rana.

Was just remembering doing it with a blue cheese and cream sort of sauce as well.

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 14:16:58 ah yes I see!

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 14:17:23

justasecond Thu 09-May-13 14:18:58

Thats weird, I just came on here for ideas on what to do with gnocci!
I bought some in sainsbury's at weekend as it was on offer in chiller section. I didn't think it would go with tomato based sauce but might give that a go. Thanks for the tips!

fuzzpig Thu 09-May-13 14:40:34

Love gnocchi! Yum.

I always get it fresh though - it's a bit annoying as you can't just keep it in the cupboard, but it is miles better than dried.

I just use it instead of pasta, basically anything you can do with pasta you can do with gnocchi instead, although you can't beat a good tomato sauce IMO smile

fuzzpig Thu 09-May-13 14:41:37

Oh and I get it fresh from tesco/asda etc. Just own brand I think.

dozily Thu 09-May-13 14:52:09

I love this recipe which sounds just like the baked gnocchi mentioned earlier.

Goes down well with the dc too, who even eat the spinach shock

I always buy the vacuum packed stuff which lasts for a while so is quite handy.

Weegiemum Thu 09-May-13 14:57:42

I make my own. Mash made with olive oil then add plain flour until it can be rolled into shape (usually a bit bigger than the ones you buy). Boil till they float, then cover in fresh tomato sauce, with onions, mushrooms, bacon and green pepper, top with mozzarella and bake. Yum!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Thu 09-May-13 15:09:17

4 cheeses sauce. I once was served gnocchi with peanut sauce in a restaurant. Yum yum.

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 15:37:56

Peanut sauce?!?!?? Oh my!! (drools)

blackteaplease Thu 09-May-13 15:44:24

Gnocchi bake. 1 pack gnocchi cooked, 2 steamed leeks, a handful of chopped naice ham. Mix together and place in dish. Then mix parmesan,bread crumbs and thyme together and sprinkle over the top. Bake for 20 mins or so. Lush.

Another favourite is cubes of roasted butternut squash, roasted garlic and roasted tomatoes, cubes of feta, steamed spinach and gnocchi all mixed together.

blackteaplease Thu 09-May-13 15:45:34

Oops! Gnocchi bake should have 300g cheese sauce stirred in with leeks and ham

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 16:04:04

I am drooling !!

chocolateshoes Thu 09-May-13 16:06:16

i cook gnocchi, add smoked salmon, chopped sundried tomatoes, chopped black olives, creme fraiche, par-boiled green beans or broad beans or asparagus. Mix it all up, cheddar on the top & bake in the oven for 15 mins or so. Yum!

NotTreadingGrapes Thu 09-May-13 16:27:40

Peanut sauce! <Italian dp calls the food police> grin

DrinkFeckArseGirls Thu 09-May-13 16:31:36

It was Italian though. Pescatori in Dover Street, London.

iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 16:34:48

If peanut sauce is wrong then i dont wanna be right!

Sauces I have with mine:

1. Jools' Pregnant pasta sauce (Jamie Oliver recipe, majorly addictive)
2. Puttanesca sauce
3. A sauce I make with chopped cooked sausages in a smoked paprika-y, tomatoey sauce
4. Smoked salmon with creme fraiche and an egg yolk
5. Blue cheese with cream and spinach

NorbertDentressangle Thu 09-May-13 16:42:55

My only tip is I wouldn't bother making it yourself from scratch unless you really want to give your kitchen a deep clean as the potato, flour and starchy bits get everywhere.

DP made it once and its a memory I'd rather forget!

snoworneahva Thu 09-May-13 23:28:33

I make my own - the difference is huge - homemade are soft and light. As a compromise I'll fry some home made potato bread and use that instead - I had something similar in a lovely Italian restaurant, so I don't feel I've bastardised it too much. My favourite sauce is a spicy chorizo and chestnut sauce topped with buttered sage from River Cafe Green - it's the ultimate in big hug food.

iamnowawhaticallmother Fri 10-May-13 12:56:15

that sounds unbelievable - mmmm.....

thestringcheesemassacre Fri 10-May-13 13:01:54

I do one with bacon lardons, chives, watercress, creme fraiche parmesan and some lemon zest. I love the Gnocchi

iamnowawhaticallmother Fri 10-May-13 13:04:47

right! lunch time. i'm off to make Gnocchi.

MildredH Fri 10-May-13 13:12:15

Oh god. Was just thinking about some lunch and now can think of nothing but gnocchi!

My favourite is with Gorgonzola ( I use dolce latte) and spinach. Basically just those with some cream and lots of black pepper.. Ooh what I'd do for some. Off limits tho as up duffed. hmm Enjoy!

MildredH - You can have blue cheese cooked! Go get yourself some.

ScienceRocks Fri 10-May-13 14:23:13

I don't find gnocchi too messy to make. The DDs (aged 6 and 3) have spent many a happy Sunday afternoon making them. Love them! They freeze well (uncooked) too and can be cooked from frozen so are great for a quick and easy meal.

iamnowawhaticallmother Fri 10-May-13 14:28:38

Gorgonzola my favourite.

dontmixthecolours Fri 10-May-13 14:34:56

It's gorgeous fried in garlic oil with a steak. Yum

Annunziata Fri 10-May-13 15:27:56

I have never been able to find shop bought gnocchi that is the proper size, it is all far too big.

Apart from tomato sauce, I like best to cook onion, garlic, broccoli, currants and some cooking water from the gnocchi, and then just turn the heat up really high and add the gnocchi when the water evaporates.

The DC like gnocchi with a chicken and pepper sauce too.

MildredH Fri 10-May-13 18:24:05

Lulubell- REALLY? this is a revelation! Saturday nights supper is sorted. DH is away for the night & doesn't share the gnocchi love with me!

Teapot13 Mon 13-May-13 14:37:33

I never had much success making my own but these with ricotta are simple and delicious. Oddly DD doesn't like them, though.

ShowOfHands Mon 13-May-13 14:42:50

One of 20mo ds's first two word combinations was ''sagne gnocchi'. It's one of his favourite foods. Obviously the same as lasagne but with gnocchi instead of the pasta sheets.

We love gnocchi and actually buy it from aldi now.

daisydoodoo Mon 13-May-13 14:48:20

dd1 loves gnocci. Her favourite is with fresh green pesto and shaved parmesan.
other favourites are the tomato and marscapone sauce (usually cheat and buy the ones in the chiller at supermarket), or just melted butter with garlic and sage leaves.
I once made a sauce with butternut squash, and rosemary, this was blended and smooth and then bacon lardons fried and mixed in. i lost the recipe and have never been able to make i the same since. I could really eat some gnocci right now.

fuzzpig Mon 13-May-13 15:42:52

Aww SOH that's cute grin my first two word combo was "more cheese" grin (I've not changed much in 26 years, clearly...)

I have gnocchi in the fridge with a pot of arrabbiata sauce <lazy>

DrinkFeckArseGirls Mon 13-May-13 21:08:23

Oh yes, Aldi's cost 89p or some such. smile

lolalotta Tue 14-May-13 17:57:40

I've never tried it!?!

Merguez Tue 14-May-13 20:29:32

sage butter - all you need

iamnowawhaticallmother Tue 21-May-13 11:18:01

I can not find sage butter anywhere! It sounds gorgeous.

They do lovely small gnocchi in Waitrose.

Thank you for all your suggestions. Yesterday I made 2 steak medallions, some Asparagus and fried the gnocchi in garlic oil as you suggested. Was delicious!!

Am going to try other suggestions too!

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Tue 21-May-13 11:59:40

Sage butter -= butter with sage in it. You just tear a few leaves and lob it in.

iamnowawhaticallmother Tue 21-May-13 15:48:21

ah I see... i thought it was some fancy thing.

sarahandduck Tue 21-May-13 21:12:59

I can recommend Nigella's mustard pork chops served with gnocchi as she suggests. We had it is divine!

happybubblebrain Tue 21-May-13 21:16:30

Try it with gorgonzola and baked pears. Sounds weird but the taste blows your head off.

Have only ever stirred it into a strong cheese/garlicky sauce and finished it off in the oven. Had it like this in a little deli with just a couple of tables in Sorrento, 'twas heavenly <drools>

WeAreEternal Sat 25-May-13 15:51:25

Gnocchi mac and cheese is very popular in our house.

Iwantmybed Sat 25-May-13 16:10:10

I have it with roasted pepper and tomato sauce mixed with soft cheese. But now started to use it instead of pasta with Bolognaise and chilli.

I've got a recipe for a mushroom sauce which I used to do with gnocchi all the time but DH hates mushrooms. hmm

MaryIngalls Sun 26-May-13 22:52:38

Mrs HelsBels we love mushrooms and we love gnocchi...please could you share your recipe?

I'll PM you when I'm on the computer (on phone app right now & it will take forever to type!)

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Tue 28-May-13 00:33:22

What's gnocchi like for freezing?

AndMiffyWentToSleep Tue 28-May-13 06:56:32

It is great for freezing - I cook it straight from frozen and it only takes a few minutes so it is one of the quickest meals I can do! Just wait for it to rise to the top of the pan of boiling water and it is done.

Bubble brain, I need that recipe please grin

theboutiquemummy Wed 29-May-13 18:47:58

I make a lamb casserole and drop a good handful in instead of dumplings it's delish or fry them and toss them through a salad

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Wed 29-May-13 23:08:10

Thanks Miffy, that's great to know. Obviously it's very quick to cook anyway but it's great if you want to stop wastage - one packet usually far too much for me and ds/ dh.

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