Recipe courtesy of Ashley Archer

Basil Gnocchi

Save Recipe
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

For the Gnocchi:

1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes

1 cup packed fresh basil, plus more for garnish

1 large egg, beaten

1/4 cup grated pecorino cheese, plus more for garnish

Kosher salt

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

For the Sauce:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup pine nuts

Kosher salt

3 shallots, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup dry white wine

2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, cut into pieces

Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Make the gnocchi: Mix the instant potatoes with 1 cup hot water in a bowl using a fork; set aside until the potatoes absorb the liquid, 3 minutes. Meanwhile, puree the basil and 1/4 cup cold water in a blender until smooth. Stir the basil puree, egg, pecorino and 1 tablespoon salt into the potato mixture.
  2. Mound 3/4 cup flour on a surface; add the potato mixture and knead together until smooth, gradually adding the remaining 1/4 cup flour. Divide the dough into 3 portions; roll each into a 1-inch-diameter log (dust with flour, if needed). Cut each log into 1/2-inch pieces; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate while making the sauce (or freeze up to 1 month).
  3. Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pine nuts; fry until toasted, swirling the pan. Transfer the nuts with a slotted spoon to paper towels and season with salt. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and cook until soft, 3 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and toss; cook until the tomatoes are just soft, 2 more minutes.
  4. Cook the gnocchi in a large pot of salted boiling water until tender, about 1 minute after they float to the surface. Drain and toss with the sauce. Top with the toasted pine nuts and more basil and pecorino.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Gnocchi with Tomato, Basil and Olives

Bread "Gnocchi" with Tomato and Basil

Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Basil and Olives

Gnocchi with Tomato, Basil and Olives

Warm Basil Gnocchi Salad with Carpaccio of Tomatoes

One-Pan Chicken and Gnocchi in Tomato-Basil Sauce

Tiny Potato Gnocchi with Smoked Salmon, Scamorza, Tomatoes, and Basil