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Potato Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Sorrento is famous for its light-as-cloud gnocchi. All it takes is a little practice and you'll be on cloud-nine, too.



2 1/2 pounds floury potatoes

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Fine sea salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

3 cups flour

5 cups tomato sauce

11 ounces fior di latte mozzarella, cubed

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese



Microwave the potatoes until cooked. Cool, peel and rice them. Add the nutmeg and a good pinch of nutmeg and salt. 

Mound the potatoes on a wooden board and make a hole in the center. Add the egg and half of the flour and start mixing with your hands to combine the ingredients into a soft dough. Add additional flour as needed. Too much flour will yield leaden gnocchi.

Divide the dough in quarters and work with one at a time, keeping the other pieces covered. Roll each quarter into a rope about 16 inches long and cut 1/2-inch pieces from each rope. Run each piece off the tines of a fork to create ridges and place the gnocchi in single layers on cloth towels lightly sprinkled with flour. 

When ready to cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of salt; cook the gnocchi in batches until they bob to the top, drain with slotted spoon and add to the baking dish with the tomato sauce and cubes of mozzarella cheese. Toss in the sauce, then sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano. Add a sprig of basil for garnish. Serve hot.

This recipe is featured on show 2008 – The Cooking of Campania.



  1. Kay Koeniges's avatar

    Kay Koeniges

    Can Gnocchi be frozen?

    What is the best method for freezing

    Thank You!
  2. Kay Koeniges's avatar

    Kay Koeniges

    Can Gnocchi be frozen?

    What is the best method for freezing

    Thank You!
  3. Lillian's avatar


    Looking for a shrimp recipe that showed on 3-31-2014 they were very large shrimp that was cooked in boiling water with heads attached. Then removed the heads after cooking. Then added them to some kind of tomato sauce. Can you e-mail me the recipe please.

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