Pasta is one of the forbidden foods on Passover, but during this time the craving for pasta kicks in the most. Potato gnocchi is a perfect way to tame that pasta eating desire. With Osem Heat & Serve Mashed Potatoes there is no wait time for the potatoes to cook or boil. In less than 30 minutes you can have a bowl of wonderful pasta in a rich homemade tomato basil sauce.
Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Basil Sauce
1 – 4.6 Oz. Package of Osem Heat & Serve Mashed Potatoes
1 Cup Boiling Water
1 Large Egg
1/2 Cup Osem Israeli Cake Meal
Pinch of Cracked Black Pepper Tomato Basil Sauce
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 – 28 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes Salt and Pepper to Taste
10 Fresh Basil Leaves, cut chiffonade (very thin strips) Grated Parmesan Cheese
Place a large pot of lightly salted water on the stove
and turn on high. While waiting for the pot of water to come
to a boil make the gnocchi.
Open the package of Osem Heat & Serve Mashed Potatoes and pour into a clean mixing bowl. To the potato mix, add one cup of boiling water, egg, Osem Israeli Cake Meal, and cracked black pepper and stir until everything is incorporated and the dough is nice and smooth.
With your hands, form the dough into a ball. Using a knife or scraper, cut dough into 1/2 inch strips and roll into rods about 1/4 inch in diameter. Cut the rods of dough into uniform small pieces, using the first joint of your index finger as a guide to ensure consistent sizing. Transfer to cake meal dusted cookie sheet and repeat until all dough is cut into small gnocchi pieces.
Add a handful of gnocchi to the boiling pot of water and. Once the gnocchi have risen to the surface, they are done, about 1-3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to a pan and reserve.
Tomato Basil Sauce:
In a large pan, saute the garlic and olive oil over low heat until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the canned tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring tomato sauce to a simmer. Allow to cook 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally, until thickened. Mash with a fork till the tomato sauce reaches desired consistency. Stir in most of the basil, reserving some for garnish.
Spoon the hot tomato sauce over the gnocchi and stir gently until each piece of gnocchi is covered. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with basil. Serve warm.