One of the purchases which made up my £10 budget for this week was a pot of ricotta from the reduced section of the supermarket; 250g of ricotta cost me 86p. I hadn’t decided what to do with it when I bought it, but a bit of googling and I had the answer – it was time for me to learn how to make gnocchi! I used the basic recipe from this website – for the simple reason that it used the amount of ricotta that I had and I didn’t want to do any maths! I added fresh parsley from the garden to the mixture and used cheddar cheese because I had no parmesan, apart from that I followed the recipe pretty faithfully.
This isn’t the most camera-friendly dish I have ever made, but it was truly delicious.
- 8 oz / 250g Ricotta Cheese
- 3/4 cup / 75 g freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 to 1 cup / 110 – 150g plain flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
- A splash of lemon juice
- Black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients – except for the flour – in a bowl and mix together. Add the minimum amount of flour to the mixture and combine until it makes a sticky soft dough. Add the remaining flour a tablespoon at a time, until you have a consistency that you can work with.
Turn it out onto a work surface which is lightly dusted with flour, sprinkle a tiny bit of flour on top then pat it down to a disc about an 2.5cm thick. Cut it into 8 pieces. Next, roll a piece into a log about 1.5 cm in diameter and then cut this into 1.5cm pieces. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
Ideally, the gnocchi should go into the fridge for about half an hour at this stage. It can keep in the fridge a day or more if you want to be organised and make it in advance.
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Tumble the gnocchi in and cook for a couple of minutes, or until the gnocchi is floating on the surface for around 30 seconds.
Once the gnocchi is drained put some butter, pepper, chilli flakes and lemon juice into the pan and then return the gnocchi to the pan for a couple of minutes. Alternatively the gnocchi can be served with a pasta sauce, such as this favourite of mine (which is the first recipe I ever shared with you!).
- 250g Ricotta – £0.86
- 75g Cheddar Cheese – £0.40
- 150g Plain Flour – £0.06
- 2 Eggs – £0.31
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes – £0.01
Total Cost = £1.64