HEAT oil in a Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add garlic and diced vegetables; cook until softened.
ADD wine and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
ADD beef and cook until browned.
STIR in tomato purée and tomato paste; add thyme and basil. Simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
MEANWHILE, MELT butter in a non-stick skillet set over medium-high heat.
ADD Olivieri® Skillet Gnocchi Stix™; sauté for 5 minutes or until gnocchi are golden brown. Remove from heat.
DIVIDE gnocchi between two serving bowls. Top with a generous spoonful of Bolognese sauce.
SPRINKLE freshly grated Parmesan cheese over to taste and garnish with fresh thyme (if desired).
This recipe makes 4 cups (1 L) of sauce so you can double the Gnocchi Stix to serve more people, or simply freeze the extra to shortcut dinner preparation on another night.
Wine can be replaced with beef broth if preferred.
What Makes a Sauce Bolognese?
Bolognese is a much-beloved recipe the world over but it has its origins in the Italian city of Bologna. Typical bolognese sauces will include the following ingredients:
Ground beef, veal or pork
The key to making a delicious smooth bolognese sauce is to slow-cook it, at a simmer, allowing the flavours to meld together slowly. One of the common myths surrounding bolognese is that it has to be served with spaghetti, when in fact, bolognese accompanies all kinds of pasta and is often served with gnocchi too, as seen in our recipe. For more gnocchi meal ideas, check out Classic with a Gnocchi Twist for recipes that will have your family racing to the kitchen for seconds!
Substitutes for Gnocchi
If you haven’t got gnocchi to hand, don’t fret. There are plenty of delicious substitutes that you can use in its place. For a bolognese recipe like this one we recommendOlivieriⓇ Tortelloni Prosciutto. You’ll love how the rich bolognese sauce fuses with the aged-parmesan cheese for a flavourful meal that’s sure to please everyone around your dining table.
Does Gnocchi go with Seafood?
When we think of gnocchi meals with minced beef, pork or veal often come to mind, but gnocchi goes equally well with seafood. Savoury and refreshing, this recipe for Garlic Shrimp with Skillet Gnocchiis the perfect meal to prepare at the end of a busy day! Likewise, this recipe for Baked Salmon and Skillet Gnocchi is another seafood crowd pleaser. Its blend of lemon juice, and tender baked salmon makes for a refreshing lunch or dinner meal!
This one-pan Gnocchi Carbonara recipe delivers delicious Italian flavours in every bite. Made with bacon and cheese, a fit in every kitchen!
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