Pillow like gnocchi made with sweet potatoes was a great foundation for some of my favorite tastes – the salty intensity of roquefort, the tang of sun-dried tomatoes, and the fresh fragrance and taste of basil.
If you have the time, make your own gnocchi. It’s not that difficult, and quite fun really. The results are certainly better than the bought stuff. But if time is a constraint, buy some pre-prepared gnocchi. It is not as pillow-like, but it is still a wonderful base for some defining flavours like the blue cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil.
And if you haven’t tried it yet, one of my favourite Italian pasta dishes, Gnocchi Al Forno.
Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil, Walnuts, and Roquefort Cheese
- 2 cups Gnocchi
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes diced
- 50 g roquefort cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped basil
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil choose a very good one
- 10 g butter a good one. No substitutes
- 4 cloves garlic
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 4 sprigs parsley
- basil stalks
- Basil leaves for garnish
- Prepare the gnocchi as per the instructions here.
- Drain well after cooking.
- Drain the sun dried tomatoes and dice.
- Crumble the roquefort cheese.
- Finely dice the garlic.
- In a heavy pan, add the olive oil, thyme, parsley, and basil stalks.
- Sauté until fragrant. The intent is to infuse the herb flavours into the oil.
- Remove the herbs from the oil before they get crispy.
- Add the butter and diced garlic and sauté for a minute.
- Add the gnocchi and sauté for a few minutes until starting to brown.
- Add the sun dried tomatoes, walnuts, and basil, and gently combine.
- Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool a little.
- Stir in the crumbled roquefort serve with a salad.