Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sundried Tomato Pesto
I can't even call this a recipe. The pesto is homemade, but that's it! You could buy store-bought pesto and put this gnocchi together in the time it takes to boil water + 2-3 minutes.
If you aren't familiar with gnocchi (pronounced ñ-oh!-key), they are small, light potato dumplings that originated in Italy back in the good 'ole days of the Roman empire. Wiki says: "The word gnocchi means "lumps," and may derive from nocchio, a knot in wood, or from nocca - "knuckle"."
You can make your own gnocchi, but I found an egg-less sweet potato variety in the fresh pasta section of Whole Foods (near the cheese) - it's a lot easier than making them by hand! This whole dish, in fact, could not be easier - or faster. Boil water, toss some stuff together, done!
1 package gnocchi
Handful of sundried tomatoes, chopped
1. Boil a pot of salted water.
2. While the water is boiling, chop a handful of sundried tomatoes and mix them into your pesto.
3. Throw the gnocchi into the boiling water. When they float to the top, they're done. Takes about 2-3 minutes.
4. Toss the gnocchi in pesto. Gobble up!