We love Jaimie Oliver in this house, love his recipes, love his passion for helping people and love his love for food. If you have read his recipes, you understand - he writes with great adoration for the ingredients he uses and takes care to recommend local, free-range and sustainable food as much as possible.
ANYWAYS, this recipe is inspired by a homemade gnocchi recipe in his "COOK with Jaimie" cookbook. I modified the ingredients a little bit, but I followed his instructions in cooking the meal. This is a simple, yummy recipe you can make in 15 minutes. Buy good quality pasta, fresh if possible, and enjoy the softness of this dish with a nice, leafy salad.
Ps. sorry my pics did not turn out :-( ... I swear it's delicious!
1 lb gnocchi
4 cups mushrooms (Portobello, cremini, button, or your choice)
2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic
a tiny bit of butter
1/2 tsp chili flakes (use less if you don't like it spicy!)
1/2 cup of water
2 Tbsp fresh or 1 Tbsp good quality dried parsley (I order mine online from Heritage Line Herbs)
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesean regiano or grana padano cheese For salad:
4-6 cups spinach
1 buffalo mozzarella Fresh, good smelling tomatoes - use Elmira cherry tomatoes if you are in this area!
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add gnocchi. Cook about 4-8 minutes, pasta is done when it floats to the top.
2. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium. Add chili flakes, garlic, butter and mushrooms. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Add about a 1/2 cup of water and cook for 5 minutes more, allowing some to boil off. A splash of white wine would also go lovely in this sauce - add it now if you like.
3. Turn off heat. Toss gnocchi with mushrooms. Sprinkle in the parsley, cheese and serve!
I like this recipe with a caprese salad. Just layer tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil over a bed of spinach. Toss in a little bit of good quality extra vigin olive oil (my favourite is Zei from Turkey - available at Vincenzo's in Waterloo or European food stores) and a splash of balsamic.
Much love & good eating,