Gnocchi al pomodoro

Gino D’Acampo is back on This Morning today, sharing another of his delicious recipes – this time gnocchi al pomodoro.

Translating to potato dumplings in a tomato and basil sauce, Gino’s recipe explains how to make the dish from scratch using tasty ingredients including basil, parmesan cheese and red onions.

Check out the full recipe and the method below if you fancy trying it out yourself.

Gnocchi al pomodoro – serves 4


  • 300g floury potatoes (unpeeled)

  • 1 small egg (lightly beaten)

  • 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 x 700ml bottle of passata (sieved tomatoes)

  • 1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 10 fresh basil leaves

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • 100g freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan with boiling water for 25-30 minutes until tender. Drain well and cool slightly.

  2. Peel the potatoes and press through a potato ricer into a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, add in 2 pinches of salt, the egg and the flour. Lightly mix then turn out onto a floured surface.

  3. Knead lightly until you have soft, slightly sticky dough. (Do not overwork it or the little gnocchi will be tough).

  4. Cut the dough into 2 and roll each piece into a long, sausage shape, approx 1.5cm in diameter. Cut into 2cm pieces. Roll the gnocchi against a fork to create the ridges effect.

  5. Lay the gnocchi on a lightly floured clean tea towel.

  6. Preheat the oven at 200º.

  7. In a medium size saucepan, fry the onions in the oil on a medium heat for about 3 minutes until golden. Pour in the sieved tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.

  8. Stir in the basil, season with salt and pepper and set aside away from the heat.

  9. Meanwhile, fill ¾ of a medium size saucepan with water, add in 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to the boil.

  10. Cook the gnocchi in the boiling water until they start to float to the top. Drain and place in the saucepan with the previously cooked tomato sauce. Stir well all together, allowing the sauce to coat the gnocchi evenly.

  11. Transfer to a baking dish. Scatter over the Parmesan cheese and bake in the middle of the oven for 8 minutes.

  12. Serve hot.

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