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Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

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Known as ‘gnocchi alla sorrentina,’ this classic Italian pasta dish that uses simple ingredients and tastes delicious. Use homemade or store-bought gnocchi.


  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ (14.5 ounce) cans passata (crushed tomatoes)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (18 ounce) package potato gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (4 ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 4 fresh basil leaves


Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add passata and salt; simmer over low heat while you prepare the gnocchi.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook gnocchi in the boiling water until they float to the top, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain.

Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.

Pour 1 ladle of tomato sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Add gnocchi, remaining tomato sauce, and Parmesan cheese; toss to combine. Arrange cubes of mozzarella cheese evenly on top.

Place baking dish in the oven and broil until mozzarella cheese is melted and sauce has slightly reduced, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with basil leaves before serving.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Servings: 2 – Yield: 2 servings



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