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Perfect PHILLY Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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6 servings

Homemade gnocchi is easier to make than you might think—and it's delicious over a fresh tomato sauce made with garlic and fresh basil!

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  • Add potatoes to cold water in saucepan. Bring to boil; cook 20 to 25 min. or until potatoes are tender. Drain; let stand 5 min. or until cool enough to handle. Use box grater to grate potatoes; spread onto baking sheet. Cool 15 min.
  • Place potatoes in large bowl. Add cream cheese; mix well. Add Parmesan and flour; mix well. Shape into ball; knead lightly 8 times. (Do no overmix.) Cover with clean kitchen towel; let stand 15 min.
  • Divide dough into 8 pieces; place on lightly floured surface. Roll each piece into 12-inch-long rope. Use sharp knife to cut dough into 3/4-inch pieces; spread onto parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. Cover with towel.
  • Grate onion with box grater; set aside. Place grater in shallow dish; use to grate tomatoes, reserving juices in dish. Heat dressing in large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until onions are softened. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juice; simmer 5 min. or until tomatoes are tender and liquid is reduced by one-third. Stir in basil.
  • Bring large saucepan of water to boil. Add about 2 doz. gnocchi; cook until they rise to surface. Remove from water with slotted spoon; place in large serving bowl. Repeat with remaining gnocchi. Top with tomato sauce.

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Serving Suggestion

Serve with a crisp mixed green salad or your favorite hot steamed fresh vegetable.

How to Make Classic Italian Gnocchi

Traditional gnocchi are pressed on a fork to curl them and impart the traditional ridge.


Shred the potatoes with a potato ricer or food mill instead of the box grater.

Special Extra

Garnish with torn additional fresh basil leaves before serving.


  • 6 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings
Calories 340
Total fat 14g
Saturated fat 8g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 440mg
Carbohydrate 42g
Dietary fiber 5g
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 25 %DV
Vitamin C 30 %DV
Calcium 25 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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