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gnocchi romana with napoli sauce

Gnocchi Romana with Napoli Sauce

Gnocchi is a fantastic choice if you want to make something authentically Italian, but rather than being made of squash, ricotta or potato, these are made with semolina for a lovely flavor and texture. You can make this dish a day in advance if you want, and bake it when your dinner guests arrive, to really simplify the evening. Gnocchi varies across Italy, and can be made with flour, ricotta and spinach, or flour and egg, breadcrumbs and potatoes, or something else.

A Closer Look at the Dish

Usually served as an appetizer, gnocchi are usually homemade in Italy, although they can also be purchased fresh from specialty stores. Dried, frozen and refrigerated types are also available in the supermarket but if you want to enjoy gnocchi fully, make your own from scratch and you will be amazed at the incredible flavor. Melted butter with sage can be drizzled on top of your gnocchi, or you could make a cheese, tomato or pesto sauce instead. The following recipe features a Napoli sauce, or Neapolitan sauce, which is tomato-based.

Despite the fact both the gnocchi and the sauce are made from scratch, you do not need a whole lot of ingredients to prepare this dish. The gnocchi is semolina, eggs, milk and flavorings, while the sauce is a simple combination of tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. As simple as these flavors are, the finished dish is really exquisite and each mouthful conjures the authentic taste of Italian cuisine at its finest. Continue reading

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