Spinach Gnocchi with Marinara Sauce


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Celebrate, Italian-style! Gnocchi are Italian dumplings, which are made of spinach, potato and flour. They can either be poached or steamed. These dumplings are made on special occasions or festivals in Italy. Marinara is a chunky tomato sauce cooked with oregano. Put both together, and it is indeed a festive meal!

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Baking Time: 15 minutes
Baking Temperature: 150°C (300 ° F)
Serves 4.
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Ingredients



For the gnocchi
2 cups mashed potatoes
3/4 cup blanched and chopped spinach (palak)
1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt for boiling
salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

For the Marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups tomato, cut into chunks
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
2 tsp fresh cream
2 tsp dried oregano
salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

Other ingredients
1/4 cup grated mozzrella cheese
butter for greasing

Method

    For the gnocchi

    1. Combine the potatoes, spinach, plain flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a bowl to make soft dough.
    2. Divide the dough into approximately 35 to 40 equal sized balls.
    3. Flatten, each ball gently using a fork.
    4. Boil plenty of water in a pan and add 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of oil to the water.
    5. When the water boils, add a few pieces of the gnocchi at a time and allow them to half cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
    6. Carefully remove the gnocchi from the boiling water, using a perforated spoon. Keep aside.
    7. Repeat the same procedure for the remaining gnocchi.

    For the Marinara sauce

    1. Heat the butter in a pan, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
    2. Add the tomato chunks and cook for 2 to 3 minutes till they are soft. If necessary add 2 tbsp of water.
    3. Add the cream, oregano, salt and pepper and sauté for another 1 minute. Remove from the flame and keep aside.

    How to proceed

    1. Layer the gnocchi in a greased rectangular baking dish and pour the marinara sauce on top.
    2. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 150°C (300°F) for 10 minutes.
    3. Serve hot.
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