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Pumpkin, ricotta and sage gnocchi

There are numerous versions of gnocchi in Italy. For the one here, a flour–based dough of ricotta and mashed pumpkin, flavoured with sage and parmesan, is shaped into the little dumplings. A colourful roasted capsicum and onion sauce completes the dish.

Pumpkin, ricotta and sage gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 2 red capsicums, halved and seeded
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 500 g pumpkin, cut into wedges and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 250 g ricotta
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup (10 g) chopped fresh sage
  • ⅓ cup (35 g) freshly grated parmesan
  • 1⅓ cups (200 g) plain flour, plus extra for rolling

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Spread out the capsicum and onion halves, cut side down, on a baking tray.
  3. Place the pumpkin wedges, skin side up, on another baking tray.
  4. Bake the capsicums and onion for 30–35 minutes, and the pumpkin for 45–55 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender.
  5. Transfer the capsicums and onions to a blender or food processor and add the oil.
  6. Blend until almost smooth.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Pour into a saucepan and set aside.
  9. Leave the pumpkin until cool enough to handle, then scrape the flesh from the skins into a bowl.
  10. Mash until smooth.
  11. Beat in the ricotta, egg, chopped sage and parmesan, then gradually work in the flour to make a soft dough.
  12. Flour a work surface.
  13. Divide the dough into quarters and, with floured hands, roll each piece into a long, 2 cm thick rope.
  14. Cut into 2 cm lengths.
  15. Press the back of a fork into each piece of dough to make a pattern.
  16. Leave the gnocchi at room temperature to dry for 1–2 hours.
  17. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
  18. Drop in the gnocchi, 10–12 at a time, and poach them for 2–3 minutes, or until they bob up to the surface.
  19. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on paper towel.
  20. Transfer to a warmed ovenproof serving dish and keep warm in a low oven until all the gnocchi are cooked.
  21. Meanwhile, gently warm the roasted capsicum sauce over a low heat.
  22. Spoon the sauce over the gnocchi, garnish with sage leaves and serve.

Serves 4
Preparation: 1 hour, plus 1-2 hours drying
Cooking: about 1 hour



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