Recipe: Gnocchi with Grandma’s Special Tomato Sauce

Recipe: Gnocchi with Grandma’s Special Tomato Sauce

Cindy Lam of Olive Oly Kitchen cooks delicious vegetarian recipes that support local farms and promote home cooking

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 24 Aug '21

Try your hand at making Cindy’s grandmother’s special tomato gnocchi for yourself – it’ll be done and dusted in less than half an hour, and you’ll get a healthy portion of carbs from the pillowy gnocchi, which are made from potato. This recipe is sure to be popular with little ones too.

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 80g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1–2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 stem fresh basil, chopped (leaves only)
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ glass red wine
  • ½ small tin (425g) tomato sauce
  • 250–300g gnocchi
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese

To serve:

  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped basil
  • 1–2 tbsp toasted garlic breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat a saucepan on medium heat with a generous amount of olive oil. Cook the bell pepper and onion for a few minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, oregano, basil and chilli flakes and season to taste.
  2. Place a lid on for a few minutes to allow the vegetables to cook, then add the red wine. After the alcohol has evaporated, stir in the tomato sauce along with ½ cup water. Cook, covered, for about 15 minutes on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally. Turn off the heat. Use a hand blender to blend the sauce in the pan and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the gnocchi until they float to the top of the water. Use a strainer to remove the cooked gnocchi and place them into the pan with the blended sauce.
  4. Reheat the pan and mix in the ricotta. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan, chopped basil and toasted garlic breadcrumbs.

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