Gnocchetti alla Pomodoro Recipe

Infuse a quick, homemade pasta with saffron, then toss with a fresh tomato and basil sauce before finishing with a nutty, aged pecorino cheese.

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes


for the pasta:
⅓ cup|50 grams ‘00’ flour, plus more for dusting
⅓ cup|50 grams semolina flour
½ teaspoon saffron threads


for the pomodoro:
6 ounces|170 grams cherry tomatoes
1 small garlic clove, peeled
1-2 sprigs fresh basil, plus more to serve
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
really good pecorino sardo, to serve


  1. Make the pasta: Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Drop the saffron into the ⅓ cup|80 ml water in a small bowl to bloom for 1 minute. 
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flours, then add the water and pulse until it comes together. You may need to add 1 to 2 tablespoons more water to get a very hydrated dough.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough into 2 pieces. Using the tips of your fingers, roll the dough into a 14-inch long rope, about ½-inch wide. Using a knife or bench scraper, cut the rope into 1-inch pieces. Use a fork to make ridges in the pasta. Repeat with the rest of the pasta, then set aside on your bench and cover with a towel while you make the sauce.
  4. In the bowl of the food processor, blend the tomatoes, garlic, and a couple leaves of the basil with the olive oil. Transfer the sauce to a small skillet and bring to a simmer over medium. Cook until reduced slightly, about 3 minutes, then season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  5. Add the pasta to the water and cook until it begins to float, about 3 minutes, then cook for 1 minute longer. Drain, then toss the pasta with the sauce. Add another couple leaves of basil and toss to combine, then transfer to a plate. Grate cheese over the top and serve with more fresh basil on top, if you like. 

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dinner, Pasta, vegetarian, easy, lunch, saffron, Pecorino, tomato sauce, gnocchetti

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