Sweet potato gnocchi with tomato sauce
Try this tasty gnocchi made with both sweet potatoes and white potatoes. The sweet potatoes count towards your five-a-day, as does the accompanying tomato sauce
- Serves: 4 persons
- 350g sweet potatoes
- 4baking potatoes (950g)
- 200g wholemeal spelt flour, plus extra if needed
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 4garlic cloves, finely grated
- 1-2 fresh chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
- 600g large vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
- 15g basil, half chopped
- 50g finely grated Italian-style vegetarian hard cheese
Step 1Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put both types of potato on a baking tray, prick all over with a fork, then bake for 50-60 mins until a knife easily slides into them. Cut all the potatoes in half to allow excess steam to escape as they cool.
Step 2Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and fry the garlic and chillies until softened. Tip in the tomatoes, stir in half the chopped basil, then cover and leave to cook over a low heat for 20-30 mins to make a thick sauce.
Step 3When the baked potatoes are cool enough to handle, carefully peel and discard the skins, then mash well until smooth. Stir in the flour, then knead briefly with your hands to create a dough, adding a little extra flour if the mixture is sticky.
Step 4Halve the dough, then wrap one half and put it in the fridge for another day. Will keep chilled for up to three days. Quarter the remaining dough, then roll each piece into a sausage about 28cm long and cut into even bite-sized chunks. Lightly press using the back of a fork to create ridges, if you like, then set aside, spaced apart.
Step 5Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then drop in the gnocchi and cook for 2-4 mins until they rise to the surface, then scoop them out using a slotted spoon. Don’t let them overcook or they’ll fall apart. Toss with half the tomato sauce, tear in half the remaining basil, and scatter over half the cheese. The remainder will keep chilled for up to three days. Make the rest of the gnocchi as described in step 4, then reheat in the sauce and serve as above with the remaining basil and cheese.