Tomato Garlic Gnocchi for Kids: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic; bloom until fragrant, 30 seconds.
Add the tomatoes, basil and a good pinch of salt. Let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a food processor and blend until smooth, then pour back into the pot.
Bring another large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until al dente, 2 minutes. Drain the gnocchi and add it to the tomato sauce.
At this point, ladle out about a cup of the gnocchi and portion it out into small bowls. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and it's ready for the kids!
Gnocchi Puttanesca for Adults: To the pot, add the olives and capers and stir to combine. (You could also just sprinkle the olives and capers on top of the gnocchi if you prefer. Either way is fine!)
The gloriously simple gnocchi puttanesca is ready for the adult faces. Yay! Garnish with fresh Parmesan and basil leaves. Don't forget that crusty bread!
Recipe courtesy of Bev Weidner