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…
1 tblspn oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
850g tinned crushed tomatoes
1 tspn sugar
1kg all-purpose potatoes
250g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
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.