Work has been flat out, I am tired, I have no voice and no patience I don’t really have time or resources at the moment to wow people with large dinners. This top shelf gnocchi is perfect for those moods everything is at hand or easily subsituted for things you’ll have just lying around in your pantry.

I’m all about quick and simple… or more quick and even simpler than usual. This recipe for spicy tomato gnocchi was already one of my favourite simple and affordable winter warmers but has been especially helpful over the last two weeks. One of it’s best qualities is it only takes about 15 minutes from pot to plate so great for any kind of lazy night.

What you need:
2 tins of whole tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp of dried chili
Fresh basil (when available)
1 cup of red wine (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Let’s do this:

This recipe is pretty obvious but here we go anyway…

  1. Empty out the tomatoes and squish down the chunky bits simmer the sauce for a couple of minutes. At this time also add some minced garlic (I just grate it straight into the pot… yuuum). Add a pinch of salt and stir through for another few minutes.
  2. After the sauce has slightly thickened add the dried chilli to the sauce and if you have some, a cup of red wine (more salt too if needed) and return to the simmer. This sauce is pretty sturdy so you can simmer if for a while, I like to have on for a minimum of 15 minutes in total so the flavours combine.
  3. Once the dried ingredients have been added cook the gnocchi according to packet instructions.
  4. Once the gnocchi have come up to the top they are ready so drain them out and put on a serving platter.
  5. Pour the sauce over the gnocchi and scatter ricotta and basil on top.

This will serve two hungry people at $8 a serve with half a tub of ricotta left over and chili flakes, garlic and your left over wine considered pantry staples. This price is based on the highest price available from the two major supermarket’s online stores as at 14 May 2018. Hot tip – don’t buy canned goods from your major supermarkets – too expeno.

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