Gnocchi is such a wonderful dish when cooked right. It’s not that challenging and worth the effort! What we love about this recipe is how different it seems. Usually, we see gnocchi in the US with either brown butter sauce, cream sauce, or a basic tomato sauce. And while these are all amazing, we decided, with a little inspiration from Northern Italy, to change it up a little, and make this Basil Gnocchi with Yellow Tomato Sauce and Shrimp!
Yellow Tomato Sauce with Shrimp
The first thing that makes this dish special is the yellow tomatoes. The resulting tomato sauce plays with your mind a little, since tomato sauces are not normally yellow. But there is more to it than that. Yellow tomatoes just have a different flavor than red ones, especially in cherry tomato form.
Secondly, we added shrimp to the dish for a little excitement. We love shrimp and when poached in the tomato sauce, this dish really stands out. We like smaller, bite-sized shrimp here, but you could do whatever you want.
Third, the addition of butter to the sauce is a way to turn the normal consistency of a smooth tomato sauce into something a bit more refined and silkier. The rich flavor goes so well with gnocchi and shrimp.
The sauce itself is very easy to make and is delicious on any pasta dish, so feel free to make extra, store in the fridge for the week or freeze to have for a tasty pasta dish whenever you want.
Homemade Basil Gnocchi
Making potato gnocchi with basil is a subtle way to incorporate herbs into the dish. The resulting gnocchi is so tasty and interesting with herbs, and why not use basil when using a tomato sauce?
If you have had store bought gnocchi before and have been disappointed, we get it. Many store bought options are heavy and gummy, and flat out not great. But homemade gnocchi is pillowy soft, fluffy and quite simple to make.
Can I make gnocchi in advance and freeze them?
YES! Homemade gnocchi can be made in advance and frozen so that weeknight gnocchi meals are super quick and easy. But honestly, making it the same day isn't much more work either. We always make extra gnocchi and freeze it. Simply follow the directions to make gnocchi below then place the entire sheet tray in the freezer. After about 45 minutes, you can remove the gnocchi to a freeze safe storage bag without it sticking.
To make frozen gnocchi, remove from the freezer and straight into boiling water to cook. There is no need to let the gnocchi defrost first (in fact, don't do this). Frozen gnocchi will take about 1 minute longer to cook than fresh gnocchi, but will taste exactly like the fresh version!
We hope that you enjoy this recipe for Basil Gnocchi with Yellow Tomato Sauce and Shrimp! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below, or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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