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This homemade gnocchi recipe is simple, delicious and incredibly fun to make.

Baked spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Photography by Jana Langhorst
Serves: 6
Fresh from the garden: Basil, garlic, mint, onion, parsley, spinach
Season: All

This is a simple recipe that you can have a lot of fun with, especially when rolling out the gnocchi. Serve with a salad and some crusty bread to mop up the tomato sauce. Yum!


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    What to do

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

  • 2. Fill the medium saucepan with water and put it on to boil.

  • 3. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list. Remember to put a damp tea towel under your chopping board to stop it from slipping.

  • 4. Blanch the spinach for about 30 seconds in the boiling water, then drain quickly using the strainer and rinse in cool water to stop the cooking process.

  • To make the sauce

  • 1. Heat the olive oil in the saucepan, then add the onion, garlic and parsley. Cook on a medium heat for 1–2 minutes or until onion is translucent.

  • 2. Add the passata, season to taste, then stir to combine.

  • 3. Cook on low heat for about 30 minutes.

  • To make the gnocchi

  • 1. Mix together all of the gnocchi ingredients, except the mozzarella and the olive oil, in the large bowl.

  • 2. Form balls about 2 cm round using a small spoon.

  • 3. Grease the oven-proof dish with oil and arrange the gnocchi in the dish.

  • To cook the gnocchi

  • 1. Drizzle the cooked tomato sauce over the top of the gnocchi, scatter over the grated mozzarella and bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, until the cheese has baked to a beautiful golden brown.

  • 2. Serve hot. Yum!

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