This dish is a lot of effort, but you can do it within about 90 minutes, so it isn’t the most time consuming thing you’ll ever make. It is however one of the yummiest things you’ll ever make! So have a go, and serve it to people who will appreciate the effort of homemade pasta… that is seriously all of my family and friends!!
Ingredients for the gnocchi
250g pecorino or other Italian cheese
250g ricotta cheese
3/4 cup plain flour
2 shakes of ground nutmeg
Ingredients for the sauce
1 onion finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed/finely chopped
Splash olive oil
100 g butter
300 ml cream
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
A bunch of thyme
Salt and pepper
A little more thyme
A handful of your favourite cheese
Making the gnocchi
Combine the ricotta, cheese, the egg, nutmeg and flour. Stir with a metal knife and then knead into a soft dough. Divide the mix into three portions and roll into sausage shape logs. If the dough is too sticky add a little extra flour when rolling/kneading. Cut the logs up into small 1 cm pieces and flatten a little in the palms of your hand.
Have a large saucepan of boiling salt water on the go and cook the gnocchi in a few batches in the water. I stir the water to create a swirl just before plonking in the gnocchi. It is cooked when it has been floating for a few minutes. Scoop out and set aside to drain.
Making the sauce
Sauté the onion and garlic in a little olive oil. Add the butter and cream. Now slide the leaves from the thyme sprigs and add. Season as you like with salt and pepper. Once butter is melted through add the cheese and take off heat. The cheese should melt nicely into the hot sauce. Place back on low heat for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Take off and set aside.
Putting it all together
Gently place your gnocchi in an oven proof dish. Pour your sauce on top. Now sprinkle with your favourite cheese. I used mozzarella! Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with a little thyme and serve with love!!