Baked gnocchi sorrentina by Silvia Colloca
Made with Mutti Cherry tomatoes
Renowned for being extremely sweet with an intense fragrant flavour, Mutti Cherry Tomatoes are ripened under the warm sun of southern Italy and carefully selected to offer the freshness of just-harvested fruit all year round. They are soft and succulent yet maintain their form well. As the skin of Mutti Cherry Tomatoes has a thin texture, they are ideal to make quick, delicious sauces or even to use straight out of the tin in place of fresh tomatoes.
60 min (COOK TIME: 60 min)
freshly ground white pepper
Plain flour, plus extra for dusting
freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
basil finely shredded
400 tins of Mutti Cherry Tomatoes
shallots, finely chopped
of extra-virgin olive oil
garlic skin on, bashed with back of a knife
small celery stick, finely chopped
Salt flakes, to taste
of basil leaves
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
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Baked gnocchi sorrentina by Silvia Colloca: Method
- Heat oil in a large heavy-based frying pan. Fry the shallots, celery and the garlic on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until the shallots turn translucent and slightly golden and the garlic smells fragrant. Add the Mutti Cherry Tomatoes, season with salt and cook on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the celery and basil leaves. Cover with a lid and set aside.
- In the meantime, make the gnocchi. Discard any excess liquid from the ricotta and put it in a large mixing bowl with the egg yolks, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Add the flour and work with floured hands or a wooden spoon until you have smooth soft dough – it should be pliable and a little sticky but not too wet. Don’t be tempted to add lots of flour to make it easier to work the dough, as the resulting gnocchi will almost certainly be dense and doughy.
- Flour your hands and cooking bench generously and divide the dough into 6 pieces. Take 1 piece, sprinkle it with flour and roll it with your hands to form a log. Cut the log into small rectangles and set aside on a floured wooden board. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Turn the heat back on under the tomato sauce on low and preheat your oven to 200 C.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and drop the gnocchi into the pan, in two or three batches, stirring gently. Cook for 1–2 minutes or until they come up to the surface, lift them out with a slotted spoon and drop them straight into the pan with the tomato sauce. Repeat until all the gnocchi is cooked. Coat them well in the sauce.
- Place the gnocchi and sauce in a large oven safe dish. Distribute the Bocconcini evenly, grate parmesan on top and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the gnocchi looks bubbly and irresistible.
- Serve with basil leaves and drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, if desired