This is a great way to eat gnocchi – it is a warming dish that looks wonderful, smells divine and there is enough here to feed 4 though I made it for two of us and there is just a small bowl left! I couldn’t help going back for just a little bit more! So easy to make too!
500 gm gnocchi
2 x 400 gm tins of good chopped tomatoes
A small handful of basil leaves and their stalks.
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
A splash of red wine.
4 sundried tomatoes cut into strips.
150 gm of cubed pancetta or lardon
6 to 8 slices of red jalapeños – I use ones from a jar
Add a good splash of olive to a pan, the garlic and the basil, including the stalks all finely chopped, and heat gently.
Now add the pancetta or lardon. fry for a minute or two until they begin to brown, then add the tomatoes. Bring to a gentle simmer, and add the jalapeños and the sun dried tomatoes. You could add a little tomato sauce or puree to taste but if your tinned toms are good quality you shouldn’t need anything.
Stir well and bring to a gentle rolling boil then turn right down – add a dash of red wine and leave to simmer for about half an hour until the sauce begins to thicken. Near the end cook the gnocchi in boiling water for two minutes – drain – and add to the sauce.
Leave on a low heat for another ten minutes to allow the gnocchi to soak up the flavours.
You could use balsamic instead of red wine of you wished or leave it out altogether – tis up to you!
Serve in bowls with a light green salad.