Gnocchi is a beloved Italian dish that originates from the northern part of the country. The colder climate of northern Italy was better suited for growing potatoes over grains. Many of the heartier dishes that come from Italy such as polenta and risotto come from the northern area.
The origin of the word gnocchi is unknown but is thought to come from wordnocca, which is the Italian word for knuckle. Simply put, gnocchi is a type of dumpling and is not exclusive to Italy. The light and air texture and potato flavor make them unique and they have a long history in European cuisine.
Even different areas of Italy have their own versions of gnocchi. While it is often made with potatoes, other ingredients can be used as well. If you are looking for a way to impress your family and friends, try creating one of these great gnocchi recipes.
1. Gnocchi with Sausage
What you need:
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 cloves of smashed garlic
- A pound of sweet sausage
- ¼ cup of chopped basil
- 28 oz can of Italian diced tomatoes
- 16 oz package of potato gnocchi
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup of grated romano
Place oil in saucepan and heat over medium heat. Add the sausage and fry until the sausage is cooked through. Add in the garlic. Mix well and then add in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add in the basil at the end.
While it is simmering, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook according to the package instructions. The gnocchi will float to the top when done. Drain and toss the gnocchi in the sauce for about 2 minutes. Serve topped with the romano.