There are lots of different ways you can make gnocchi but I find many recipes a little too heavy and stodgy. Gnocchi should be like little fluffy pillows that are delicate and full of flavour. These would also be amazing with a simple tomato sauce, although I think they speak for themselves.
400g squash or pumpkin, cut into small pieces (this will yield 200–250g when roasted)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp ground cumin
4 tbsp rice flour, plus extra for dusting
3 tbsp beaten free-range egg (about 1 egg)
2 garlic cloves, diced
2 tbsp sage, leaves torn
zest and juice of ½ unwaxed lemon
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5, and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Put the pumpkin in the tray and season with salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden and soft . Remove from oven and leave to cool completely.
Place the pumpkin in a blender along with the spices, flour, beaten egg and blitz to form a paste.
Using 2 teaspoons, shape the paste into a quenelle, lightly dredge the quenelle with flour, then place it on a plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture. At this point, the gnocchi can be frozen then cooked when needed.
Bring a large pan of salted water to a gentle boil. Cook the gnocchi in batches for 1–2 minutes, or until they float to the surface of the water. Drain.
Place a large frying pan over medium–high heat with the remaining olive oil. Add the garlic and sage, cook for 1 minute, then stir in the gnocchi. Season to taste and add the lemon zest and juice. Divide everything between 2 plates and serve immediately.
Extracted from Nina Capri by Nina Parker, £19.99, buy online .
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