|Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese|
Eating Ricotta Gnocchi is like having a chat with an old friend who is comfortable and familiar.
We had a visit from some lovely friends who were visiting from France last Saturday night. We dined at a local Thai Restaurant as they had never eaten Thai food before but thankfully they enjoyed the meal and not a grain of rice was left behind.
Then we went to our house for coffee, liquer shots and copious amounts of green tea.
Shortly after coffee a lightening storm came over accompanied by gentle drizzle of rain and our guests were so excited they kept taking videos and photographs as their storms are very different to our own storms.
It reminds me how we take the smallest things for granted which really give us great pleasure.
Whilst grocery shopping on the weekend I saw a 1 kilo tub of ricotta and immediately thought to have ricotta gnocchi.
Although ricotta is easy enough to make yourself sometimes ready made is convenient and saves time.
This wholesome meal is always appreciated in our house.
500g fresh ricotta
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl mix everything together gently until combined.
Divide mixture into 4 rounds.
On a lightly floured surface take 1round and roll into a log shape 20cm long.
Cut into 2cm lengths and light press with a floured fork to make a light pattern.
Place onto lightly floured large plate.
When you have completed rolling all of the gnocchi dough cover and place in fridge for at least 1 hour. You can leave overnight if you plan to cook it the next day.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and gently drop in about 1/4 of the mixture, cook for 3 -4 minutes. They will rise to the top of the water. Gently scoop out with a sieve and place in a warm serving bowl while you cook the remaining gnocchi.
Drizzle over your favourite freshly made tomato passata and sprinkle with sliced parmesan.
Serve with a fresh garden salad and a loaf of crusty bread.
Tell me, what's your favourite homely meal and what are the simple pleasures that you really enjoy?
Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn xx