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Chef Justin Friedlich's Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Moderate

Chef Justin Friedlich's Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Robin Winship

Robin Winship

Chef Justin Friedlich's Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Yields:

4 Servings

Prep Time:

3 hours 0 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 30 mins

Method

Gnocchi Dough 6 Steps

  • Step 1

    Add your cheese and eggs into a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (if you don't have a stand mixer, use a large bowl and whisk) . Whip together until light and fluffy.

  • Step 2

    Combine your salt and flour. Add gradually to your cheese mixture.

  • Step 3

    Once all your flour is added and a dough starts to form, remove dough from mixer and begin to form a round ball on your counter. Once you have a smooth round ball, wrap it in plastic wrap (saran wrap) and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  • Step 4

    After your dough is chilled, remove and cut dough into pieces. Roll individual pieces into long ropes about 1 inch think. Repeat with all the dough.

  • Step 5

    Once you have all your ropes rolled out, line them up and cut into 1x1 pillows.

  • Step 6

    They are ready to cook at this point. Dough pillows can be rolled on a gnocchi roller for a ridged finish or on the back of a fork.

Spicy Vodka Sauce 5 Steps

  • Step 1

    Blitz whole tomatoes with a blender, food processor, food mill or by hand.

  • Step 2

    Add a few pieces of butter and melt until foamy. Add your chilli paste and cook out for 1 minute.

  • Step 3

    Deglaze the pan with the vodka and reduce the alcohol by half.

  • Step 4

    Add your blitzed tomatoes and bring to a boil. Once your sauce has come to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let the tomato sauce cook until a sweet and spicy flavour is achieved.

  • Step 5

    Add the cream and simmer for a few minutes.

Assembly 2 Steps

  • Step 1

    Bring a pot of water to a rigorous boil, salt the water and cook gnocchi until 2 minutes before it is finished cooking (gnocchi will begin floating once cooked, remove before this happens). Reserve pasta water.

  • Step 2

    Once you add the gnocchi to the sauce, season with salt. Adjust the consistency of the sauce by adding pasta water. Continue this process until the gnocchi is finished cooking.

Tags:

Cooking At Home

Justin Friedlich

Chef

Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Moderate

Chef Justin Friedlich's Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Robin Winship

Robin Winship

Chef Justin Friedlich's Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Yields:

4 Servings

Prep Time:

3 hours 0 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 30 mins

Ingredients

Gnocchi Dough

  • 500g ricotta cheese

  • 290g 00 flour

  • 60g Pecorino Romano cheese

  • 1 whole egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 15g salt

Spicy Vodka Sauce

  • 400g whole San Marzano tomatoes (1 can)

  • 50-100g unsalted butter (adjust based on consistency)

  • 30g heavy cream

  • 1 tsp-1 tbsp chilli paste (based on your spice level preference)

  • 2oz vodka

  • Salt, to taste

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Method

Gnocchi Dough 6 Steps

  • Step 1

    Add your cheese and eggs into a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (if you don't have a stand mixer, use a large bowl and whisk) . Whip together until light and fluffy.

  • Step 2

    Combine your salt and flour. Add gradually to your cheese mixture.

  • Step 3

    Once all your flour is added and a dough starts to form, remove dough from mixer and begin to form a round ball on your counter. Once you have a smooth round ball, wrap it in plastic wrap (saran wrap) and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  • Step 4

    After your dough is chilled, remove and cut dough into pieces. Roll individual pieces into long ropes about 1 inch think. Repeat with all the dough.

  • Step 5

    Once you have all your ropes rolled out, line them up and cut into 1x1 pillows.

  • Step 6

    They are ready to cook at this point. Dough pillows can be rolled on a gnocchi roller for a ridged finish or on the back of a fork.

Spicy Vodka Sauce 5 Steps

  • Step 1

    Blitz whole tomatoes with a blender, food processor, food mill or by hand.

  • Step 2

    Add a few pieces of butter and melt until foamy. Add your chilli paste and cook out for 1 minute.

  • Step 3

    Deglaze the pan with the vodka and reduce the alcohol by half.

  • Step 4

    Add your blitzed tomatoes and bring to a boil. Once your sauce has come to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let the tomato sauce cook until a sweet and spicy flavour is achieved.

  • Step 5

    Add the cream and simmer for a few minutes.

Assembly 2 Steps

  • Step 1

    Bring a pot of water to a rigorous boil, salt the water and cook gnocchi until 2 minutes before it is finished cooking (gnocchi will begin floating once cooked, remove before this happens). Reserve pasta water.

  • Step 2

    Once you add the gnocchi to the sauce, season with salt. Adjust the consistency of the sauce by adding pasta water. Continue this process until the gnocchi is finished cooking.

Tags:

Cooking At Home

Justin Friedlich

Chef

Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Sauce