Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

So, for Day 2 of Eating In Week, I decided that some warm pasta would be nice on this cold rainy night.  Have you tried gnocchi?  Gnocchi is potato and flour dumplings from Northern Italy.  You can dress up gnocchi with pesto, marinara and cream sauces or it stands alone beautifully with just a little bit of olive oil and garlic.  I have been craving the indulgent vodka tomato cream sauce that I have tried at restaurants.  Well, I have lightened up this version, making it almost fat free and vegan.  
You make gnocchi just like pasta.  Bring 1 pound of gnocchi to boil, boil for 3 minutes, drain and toss with the sauce.

To make the sauce, saute in a medium saucepan:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons of parsley
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
4 minced garlic cloves

Add one 28 oz can whole tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Puree in a blender with 1/2 cup silken tofu.  Transfer back to saucepan, heat gently and add 2 tablespoons of vodka (I had to pinch some from the neighbors).  Heat one minute, then toss with the gnocchi.  Serve with a nice Italian salad.


  1. That sounds good! I have a tub of silken tofu from Saturday's farmers market that I've been wondering what to do with. Now I know!

  2. It's a good date night dish! I had some leftover silken tofu (previously used to thicken up some zucchini soup) and I had discovered that it makes an excellent cream replacement. hope you enjoy!