Gnocchi alla Sorrentina – Gnocchi Sorrento style is an Italian pasta dish made with simple ingredients: potato gnocchi, tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and basil. Why Sorrento? Sorrento is a wonderful city on the coast south of Amalfi, in South Italy, where these gnocchi are typical.
If you don’t have time to prepare homemade gnocchi, you can easily use store-bought gnocchi. Here it’s really fundamental to use only high quality ingredients. The tomato sauce needs to be made with good quality fresh tomatoes. The mozzarella has to be fresh and authentic Italian. Do not use any harder type or any imitation; they will not taste the same. Use only fresh Basil.
For the tomato sauce: brown half an onion in three tablespoons of olive oil, add abundant fresh red small cherry tomatoes, a cup of water, let it cook until the water evaporates and the tomatoes are smashed in a cream, about 30 minutes, salt if needed and add some fresh Basil leaves, but only at the end.
Cook the potato gnocchi in boiling salted water. As soon as the gnocchi rise to the top of the water, drain off the water and place them into a sauté pan with some tomato sauce. Top with mozzarella cut in slices and add more tomato sauce. Again add a layer of mozzarella slices, add sauce, grated Parmesan and basil. Put in the oven for a few minutes at 475°F until the cheese melts. Sprinkle with some Parmigiano cheese and serve immediately. Pair the gnocchi Sorrento Style with a good Rosso di Montalcino wine.
Ingredients: 1 lb. potato gnocchi, fresh tomato sauce, basil, two mozzarella cheeses, some grated Parmesan, Extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.