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Winter Comfort Food – Italian Style

December 20, 2016

I’m not one for spending ages in the kitchen, creating complicated dishes that use every pan in the cupboards. I much more prefer cooking when everything can be chucked into one pan and left to get on with itself. And, hey presto – here’s one such tried and tested dish. Easy-peasy, winter warming, healthy (it’s got cherry tomatoes in it!) and proper Italian. Here goes – Fried Gnocchi with Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil.

  • 1 packet vacuum-packed gnocchi
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 25g butter
  • a few handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ball mozzarella cheese
  • handful basil leaves
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

It’s so simple and easy, but pretty delicious. Give it a whirl. All you need to do is boil the gnocchi for a couple of minutes, drain well and then add to a pan with heated olive oil. The trick is to get the gnocchi toasted on the outside, so try to resist the temptation to stir and prod. Just them toast away. After 10-15 mins, chuck in halved cherry tomatoes and torn up mozzarella and plenty of black pepper and just sit back and watch the cheese ooze around the gnocchi and tomatoes. Before serving, roughly chop/cut your basil leaves and there you have it. Italy on a plate.

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Now, if I can just persuade Azzurro to do this, I won’t even need to wash up 😉

 

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