Ingredients for gnocchi:
2 large russet potatoes
1 egg beaten
1/2-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Ingredients for Mascarpone Cream sauce:
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 green onions sliced
1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta
1 cup frozen peas
3 toes for garlic through a garlic press
Recipe for Gnocchi:
Bake potatoes @400 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Remove and cool. Next cut the potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a bowl. Now add the salt, egg and flour (start with a 1/2 cup and add more as needed) The dough ball should not be sticky. Add flour until manageable. Knead for a few minuets, separate into 4 sections and roll into a thin tube on a floured surface. when the roll is about about 1/2 inch thick stop and slice. You may texturize your gnocchi with a gnocchi paddle or a fork. This will help the sauce stick to the dumplings better but it's not necessary. I chose not to for this batch.
Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook gnocchi 2-3 minuets. Cook it in small batches. You should have about 3-4 batches. As soon as the gnocchi floats to the top of the water scoop it out with a handheld strainer so you can reuse the same water for all the batches.
Recipe for Sauce:
Cook pancetta on medium/high heat until done, remove and chop; set aside. Saute green onions and garlic in the pork grease for about a minuet, then add the cream, mascarpone, and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and add peas and pancetta. Let simmer a few minuets. Add gnocchi directly into sauce when ready. Enjoy!
This recipe has a special place in my heart! My husband and I met when I was 17 and we became fast friends. We remained very good friends for about 7 years prior to dating and during those years my nickname was always "gnocchi" My husband said I reminded him of a little potato dumpling so that's what he always called me. Luckily I thought it was cute and gnocchi happens to be one of my favorite foods.
Anyway, about 3 years into our courtship my husband surprised me with this engraved locket. I love it to pieces and wear it all the time.
"Gnocchi, I always knew you were the one"
About 2 years later we got married. I just thought I'd share a little backround on this special meal.
Once in the first year we were dating, I tried to make gnocchi for my husband, then boyfriend, and it was a disaster. We had to go out to eat after I ruined it beyond repair! So I figuered I'd give it another shot!
I hope you'll give this a try! It seems daunting but I promise you this is really easy to make and it's unbelievably delicious.