TV’s Masterchef has done for cooking what Harry Potter did for reading – now all the kids want to do it! Give them a helping hand to make dinner for you for a change with this gnocchi recipe from the new book I want to be a Chef…

Ingredients:

Serves 4-6

Tomato sauce

  • 1 tblspn oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 850g tinned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tspn sugar

Potato gnocchi

  • 1kg all-purpose potatoes
  • 30g butter
  • 250g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Method:

To make the tomato sauce:

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion, celery and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring. Add the tomatoes and sugar and season. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to very low and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool a little, then process, in batches, in a food processor until smooth.

To make the potato gnocchi:

Peel the potatoes, chop roughly and boil until very tender. Drain and mash until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the butter and flour, then beat in the eggs and leave the mixture to cool.

Turn the gnocchi mixture out on to a floured surface and divide into four. Roll each into a sausage shape. Cut into short pieces and press each piece with the back of a fork. Cook the gnocchi in batches in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for about 2 minutes, or until they rise to the surface.

Using a slotted spoon, drain the gnocchi and transfer to bowls. Serve with the tomato sauce and a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.