For the Gnocchi:
For the Tomato Sauce:
- 28 oz can San Marzano crushed tomatoes (or canned cherry tomatoes or tomato passata)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Fresh basil leaves (about 8-10)
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese from a block, cut into cubes (or shredded). I dislike using fresh mozzarella cheese for this recipe because the water content can make the dish too wet.
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese
Fresh basil leaves (for garnish)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Prepare the Tomato Sauce: Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or oven-safe baking dish. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant. Pour in the crushed tomatoes or tomato passata, salt, and pepper. Stir well and let the sauce simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Stir in basil leaves during last 5 minutes of cooking.
- Boil the Gnocchi: In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add salt to the boiling water and cook the gnocchi according to the package instructions or until they float to the surface. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
- Combine Gnocchi and Tomato Sauce: Once cooked, remove the gnocchi with a slotted spoon and add to the prepared tomato sauce. Gently stir to coat the gnocchi with the sauce.
- Assemble the Dish: Spread half of the gnocchi and tomato sauce mixture in a baking dish (Option: you can bake the gnocchi in the same oven safe pan). Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and grated parmigiano cheese over the gnocchi. Add a few torn basil leaves for extra flavor.
- Layer and Bake: Add the remaining gnocchi and sauce mixture to the cheese layer. Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella and parmigiano cheese over the top.
- Bake in the Oven: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the edges are slightly golden brown.
- Serve: Remove it from the oven once the gnocchi alla Sorrentina is baked to perfection. Garnish with additional fresh basil leaves for a fresh and aromatic touch. Serve hot, and enjoy!
Choose Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality gnocchi, fresh tomato passata, and flavorful cheeses like mozzarella and Parmesan for the best results.
Properly Cook Gnocchi: Cook the gnocchi just until they float to the surface of boiling water. Overcooking can result in mushy gnocchi.
Season the Sauce Well: Don't skimp on seasoning the tomato sauce. Garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper should be balanced to enhance the flavors.
Layering Technique: Layer the gnocchi and sauce evenly in the baking dish to ensure consistent flavors throughout the dish.
Fresh Basil Garnish: Use fresh basil leaves for garnish right before serving. Their aroma and flavor will elevate the dish.
Even Cheese Distribution: Spread cheese evenly to cover the top layer of gnocchi. This ensures every bite has a delightful cheese pull.
Preheat the Oven: Make sure the oven is properly preheated to ensure even baking and proper melting of the cheese.
Rest Before Serving: Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes after baking. This helps the flavors meld and makes it easier to serve.
Experiment with Cheese: While mozzarella and Parmesan are traditional, you can try other melting cheeses to add your unique twist.
Share the Love: Enjoy the dish with family and friends. Italian cuisine is all about sharing delightful moments around the table!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
- Category: Savory
- Method: Italian
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: gnocchi, baked gnocchi, gnocchi alla sorrentina,