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Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
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4 from 3 votes

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina with Easy Homemade Stracciatella Cheese

This Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is topped with homemade stracciatella cheese. It’s a simple rustic Italian tomato-based pasta dish that’s easy to make and delicious to eat! And when you top it with stracciatella (basically burrata innards) the results are out of control delish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, gnocchi, italian, mozzarella, pasta, sorrentina, stracciatella

Ingredients

For the Stracciatella

  • 1 8 oz ball fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt

For the Gnocchi

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely sliced
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 24 oz tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup parmigiano cheese grated
  • 1.5 lb fresh gnocchi
  • 1 handful fresh basil divided

Instructions

For the Stracciatella

  • Use your hands to rip apart one ball of fresh mozzarella into tiny strands. Cover with heavy cream and salt. Mix it together, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the Gnocchi

  • Prepare Gnocchi according to the directions.( Full disclosure: I used a fresh gnocchi kit from Delallo and it was awesome. You can use store-bought if you have them, though!)
  • Add olive oil to a sauce pan and turn the heat to medium.
  • Add garlic, red pepper flakes, a few basil leaves, and a pinch of salt and saute until fragrant for about a minute.
  • Before they begin to brown, add the tomato puree and ¼ tsp salt then turn the heat to high. Put a lid on the pan but leave room on the side for heat to escape. Let the sauce rapidly simmer for about 7-10 minutes until it’s reduced.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the parmesan and butter and stir until incorporated.
  • Stir in the prepared gnocchi and cook for another minute or two so the sauce absorbs into each dumpling.
  • Before serving, top with fresh basil and the stracciatella cheese.