Gnocchi alla romana with tomato sauce served in a roasting dish

Gnocchi alla romana

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus 1 hr chilling

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Serves 6

Enjoy this gnocchi with a homemade tomato sauce or even a beef ragu. The sauce is rich, buttery and soothing – and you don’t even need to chop an onion

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal629
  • fat40g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre2g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.1g
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Ingredients

  • 1.2l milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 250g fine semolina
    Semolina

    Semolina

    sem-oh-leen-ah

    Semolina flour is pale-yellow in colour, high in gluten and used for traditionally made pasta,…

  • 115g butter, cubed, plus extra for the dish
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 125g grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative, plus extra to serve
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 3 egg yolks

For the sauce

  • 2 x 400g cans plum tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 75g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

Method

  1. Put the milk in a large saucepan with a pinch of salt and heat until you can see steam rising from it. Whisking all the time, sprinkle in the semolina in a slow and steady stream. The mixture will thicken and become hard to whisk. When all the semolina is in, lower the heat to medium-low and start to beat the mixture with a wooden spoon. Cook until it starts to leave the sides of the saucepan and is very thick. Take the pan off the heat. Stir in half the butter and all the cheese until they are completely incorporated, then add the egg yolks one at a time, stirring until they are mixed in too. Taste the mixture for seasoning.

  2. Spread the mixture out in a medium (about 30 x 20cm) baking tin to the thickness of about 1.5 cm, making it as smooth as possible. Cover and when cool, put in the fridge to firm up – it will take about 45 mins-1 hr.

  3. For the sauce, tip everything into a saucepan and season well. Simmer gently for 45 mins, stirring every so often. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

  4. Butter a gratin dish or baking dish (about 30cm wide). Using a pastry cutter or the rim of a glass, cut out rounds of the gnocchi mixture about 4cm across and lay them, slightly overlapping, in the dish. Melt the rest of the butter and pour it over the top, then scatter a generous amount of parmesan on top. Bake in the oven for about 25-30 mins or until the gnocchi are sizzling on top and golden.

  5. Take the onion out of the tomato sauce, check the sauce for seasoning and serve with the gnocchi.

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