This simple tomato sauce gets tons of flavor from herbs steeped in olive oil that lusciously coats potato pillows of gnocchi. With thanks.
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (plus 1 tablespoon)
- 4 stems fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
- 4 stems fresh oregano
- 2 stems fresh rosemary
- 2 stems fresh basil, plus 2 more stems for garnish
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 6 vine ripened tomatoes (or one can of prepared rich tomatoes)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup heavy cream (optional)
- 400g gnocchi
- 200g cherry size mozzarella balls, cut in half
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Add ¼ cup olive oil to a 10-inch high sided sauté pan or a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the parsley, oregano, rosemary and 2 stems of basil and cook for about 5 minutes or until the herbs become crisp.
- Remove the herbs and discard then add the onion and garlic to the oil, lowering the heat if needed so the onions cook gently and don’t brown.
- Cook until the onions are transparent, about 5-7 minutes, then crush the tomatoes with your hand and add to the pan with juice.
- Season with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thicken, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the heavy cream and remove from the heat.
- Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to a boil and add the gnocchi. Season generously with kosher salt and cook until the gnocchi float to the top of the boiling water.
- Drain and then place the gnocchi into the cooked sauce.
- Top with the halved mozzarella balls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese then drizzle the tops of the gnocchi with the remaining olive oil.
- Broil (Grill) for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese melts and the tops become crispy.
- Garnish with additional basil leaves and serve immediately.