Total Time
2hrs 6mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 6 mins

My children really LOVE this recipe. It's time consuming for sure, but I double it and freeze for the next time. We serve with a side salad and lots of fresh French bread (I think garlic bread overwhelms it).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the Sauce: Take the tomatoes out of the can, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces and reserve the juice.
  2. In a saucepan, add olive oil and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and chili and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. If necessary, add the reserved juice.
  4. Add the basil.
  5. Finish with cream.
  6. To make the gnocchi: Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  7. Bake the potatoes for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until tender.
  8. Scoop each potato out of its skin into mixing bowl.
  9. Mash the potatoes to a fine consistency.
  10. In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks, melted butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  11. Add the egg mixture to the potatoes and mix together.
  12. Add flour to mixture, 1 cup at a time, and mix until smooth.
  13. Scoop out and make finger-sized rolls on a floured board.
  14. Cut with knife into bite sized pieces.
  15. Roll each piece over the back of a fork to make a round form.
  16. In a pan, freeze until hard enough to handle, and put into portion sized bags.
  17. Fill a large pot with water and add a pinch of salt and boil.
  18. Drop gnocchi into boiling water 3 or 4 at a time so the water doesn't stop boiling.
  19. The gnocchi is ready when it floats to the top.
  20. Drain gnocchi and scoop out into bowl and add sauce.
  21. Add fresh Parmesan and serve.


Most Helpful

I only made the sauce because I am a fan of packaged gnocchi and it was delicious. So easy, so fast and I always have those ingredients in the pantry! Thanks for a new staple!

yukon64 November 26, 2009

This rating is just for the sauce. I had some gnocchi on hand, but wanted to do something with it other than just butter. This sauce is fantastic! I used a can of diced tomatoes, and just dumped it in, juice and all. Since I have some wimps in my house, I just used a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. I also used jarred garlic. This is a wonderful sauce, easy enough for a weeknight, but good enough to serve to company. Thanks for this great recipe!!

Mommy2two September 21, 2009

the sauce was divine! the actual gnochhi was difficult and time consuming and the result not that great. would make the sauce again, but use market bought gnochh.

jclee August 12, 2006

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