If I can make this meal during a busy week, so can you.
With 4 dogs, weeknights can be hectic before I even begin to think about dinner. They are walked as soon as I get home, then I spend who knows how long cleaning the mess they've made during their "work" day, then I feed them. During those 5 minutes of peace and quiet while they're eating, I take a shot of tequila and run around the house nude.
(waits for everyone to laugh)
OMG HI HI HI YOU'RE HOME
WE HAVE SOMETHING BIG TO TELL YOU, BEEN WAITING ALL DAY!!!!!
Someone broke into the house and went through the garbage! I know right, we thought the same thing. You are lucky we were here to chase them away, after they made the mess of course.
And just because I look sad and super guilty, I'm not.
(takes another shot of tequila)
But for real, if I haven't gone shopping or planned a meal for dinner, it's during this time that I do. I look in the fridge and see what needs to be used, check the pantry to see what else I might have, scan my brain for recipes I can make using what I have. Sometimes, this leads to a delicious meal and sometimes this leads to ordering take-out.
Last night, it was a delicious meal. I had eggs & ricotta cheese that needed to be used and I knew I had the ingredients for a quick tomato sauce in the pantry. I didn't follow a recipe, so the one I am posting here is from my memory. I used my judgement on how the dough should look and feel. If it's your first time making gnocchi, or cooking for that matter, follow a recipe. Use mine or this one here!
1 1/2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1 cup Flour (plus 1 cup)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper
Quick Tomato Sauce Ingredients
1 can (28oz) Crushed Tomatoes
1/2 Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
Salt & Pepper
In a large bowl, crack in 2 Eggs, season with Salt & Pepper. Whisk to combine.
Add in the Ricotta & Parmesan Cheese.
Stir to combine. I like to mix this before adding the flour, it helps add some volume to the Ricotta Cheese.
Add in the Flour.
Fold in the flour until incorporated. The mixture should be slightly sticky, but able to form into a ball.
Place the sticky mixture onto a floured surface.
Knead until the mixture forms a ball that is no longer sticky. It will be soft, but should be easy to handle.
Cut the ball into 4 sections. Add more flour to the surface if needed.
Roll the sections into long longs, about 1" in thickness.
Cut the log into 1" pieces.
They resemble little pillows. Little pillows of deliciousness!!
Place the gnocchi onto a tray and place in the fridge to set. Since you have been using your hands, the eggs and cheese in the gnocchi should cool down a bit so they can handle the boiling water bath they will soon be taking.
During this time while the gnocchi sets, make the tomato sauce.
In a saucepan, heat Olive Oil over medium heat. Add in the Onions, season with Salt & Pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
Add in the Garlic, stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 more minutes, but be careful not to let the garlic burn.
Add in the can of Crushed Tomatoes.
Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add in the fresh basil after 15 minutes.
Now back to the Gnocchi.
While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Once the water is at a boil, season with Salt. Drop in the gnocchi, one at a time.
When the gnocchi float to the top, they are done.
Little pillows floating away, saying "take me" "no, take me" "no, take me, i love you the most".
Take a sip of wine to get your brain back in order.
It's best to have the sauce simmering next to the boiling water, so as soon as the gnocchi are done, you can place them into the sauce.
Work in batches until all the gnocchi are cooked. Turn the tomato sauce off after all the gnocchi have been added.
GENTLY, let me stress that again, gently toss the gnocchi in the sauce. They are supposed to be very soft, which makes them so delicious, but it also makes them easy to break apart.
Serve the gnocchi in tomato sauce, top with fresh basil.
Or add some parmesan cheese, because cheese makes everything better.
Heavenly, beautiful and seriously delicious.
From start to finish, this took me about 30 minutes.
Now go add a filter to the image and post that bitch.
OMG HI HELLO AGAIN!
SAME ROBBERS ALMOST TOOK THE FLOUR TOO, BUT I CHASED THEM AWAY!!
You are so lucky you have us watching over this house.
Who knows the trouble that happen if we weren't here to protect it.