HEAT 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil in a medium cast iron or oven-proof skillet set over medium heat.
ADD Olivieri® Cheese Gnocchi™; sauté for 5 minutes or until gnocchi are golden brown and slightly crispy. Transfer to a bowl.
RETURN skillet to heat. Add remaining oil and meatballs; cook, turning meatballs occasionally for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
STIR in pasta sauce and bring to a simmer; cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until meatballs are cooked. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to broil and set a rack to the second-highest position.
STIR ricotta with 1/2 cup (125 mL) mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper and nutmeg (if using).
NESTLE gnocchi into skillet mixture. Dollop ricotta mixture over the dish and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
BROIL skillet on the second-highest rack for 4 to 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
SPRINKLE with additional basil to garnish before serving.
Ricotta cheese can vary in consistency, so if the cheese mixture seems dry, add a small splash of cream or milk.
This recipe can be baked in an 8-cup (2L) shallow baking dish or casserole. Once meatballs are heated in the sauce, spread them in the dish; continue with the recipe, nestling gnocchi into the sauce and topping with ricotta mixture and cheese. Broil as directed.
Double the recipe to serve a larger group, use an extra large oven-proof skillet or transfer to a 9 x 13-inch (3.5 L) baking dish.
Are Gnocchi Italian?
Yes, they are! Gnocchi, which are typically made of cooked mashed potatoes, flour, and eggs, are a type of Italian pasta. The most common type is the classic potato gnocchi, or “Gnocchi di patate.” Some recipes also include ricotta cheese in the dough. Italian food lovers can check out these Classic Italian Pasta Recipes.
How Do They Eat Gnocchi In Italy?
In Italy, gnocchi is typically served with a simple butter sauce and fresh sage. For a lighter base, try using butter or extra virgin olive oil and add small savoury ingredients such as toasted pine nuts, mushrooms, or a touch of cream when tossing the gnocchi. See this blog post, Gnocchi 101, for all you need to know about gnocchi.
Meatballs, Baked or Fried?
Baking meatballs can enhance their flavour without the need for additional oil, as the outside can be seared under the broiler in your oven. That said, frying them is always and option, and one that some people prefer. Decide what’s best for you then use your skills to cook up something like this Angel Hair and Meatballs with Tomato Basil Sauce.
Try this fun twist on a classic dish that is as delicious as it is easy to prepare. These Lasagna Roll-Ups will be loved by kids and adults!
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