Potato Gnocchi Bake

This is a very delicious meal that is very quick and simple to make!  The recipe below is the original recipe.  However, I have adapted by making the tomato sauce more richer and tastier by adding other ingredients and preparing the sauce beforehand, see NOTES below.  The beauty of this recipe is that, whichever method you use, it will produce a delicious meal.

500g fresh potato gnocchi
800g can crushed tomato
100g shaved ham, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place uncooked gnocchi in a 20cm square ceramic baking dish. Scatter ham over the gnocchi.

Combine chopped basil with the crushed tomato and pour it over the gnocchi.  Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake for 40 minutes.  If desired, sprinkle on top with basil leaves before serving.

NOTE: This is the original recipe.  If you have abit of time on your hands, you can make the tomato sauce more richer and tastier.

In a saucepan, sauté 1 onion that has been finely chopped in some oil.  When the onions have softened, add 2 to 3 cloves of garlic that has either been crushed or finely chopped.  Cooked together for another couple of minutes.  Add a 800g can crushed tomato.  Stir in 4 tablespoons tomato paste, 1 teaspoon chicken stock, 1 teaspoon sugar and a half a bunch of fresh basil leaves finely chopped.  Stir and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.

Once the tomato sauce mixture is ready, pour over the uncooked gnocchi in the baking dish.  Follow the rest of the recipe.


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