Tomato Sauce For Gnocchi

Here’s another Tomato Sauce that I created to dress gnocchi  made with either potato or ricotta cheese.  It is really good on other pasta too.  I like it on “shapes” (my name for short pasta).

2 cups tinned Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
2-3 Tbsp. each EVO & butter
1 small clove garlic, minced
2-3 Tbsp. flat-leaf parsley
4-6 Fresh basil leaves, or to taste
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1-2 Tbsp. salt. Add gnocchi to the water, when they rise to the surface, cook for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon or “spider” to a heated serving bowl. Ladle the tomato sauce over the gnocchi; serve hot.

Prepare the sauce while waiting for the pot of water to boil. Heat the EVO & butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic for a few seconds but do not brown. Add the chopped tomatoes along with their juice; cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Just before the sauce is done, tear up the basil leaves and add to the sauce. Add parsley, salt & pepper to taste. Serve with Parmigiano Reggiano if you wish.

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