With its soft texture and neutral flavour, this dish that comes straight from Italy certainly does not lack in originality. Served as a main course or as a side dish, it is often prepared sautéed in butter and simply sprinkled with grated cheese, then gratinated. Some prefer them accompanied by a tomato coulis or another sauce. Let's find out how gnocchi have become a staple in Italy over the years, and how they became a must-have all over the world!
What exactly is gnocchi?
As the first form of pasta made by human hands, gnocchi will suit all taste buds: poached in water, in a broth or fried, it all depends on the region of Italy in which they are served.
Made with a mixture of durum wheat or soft wheat and potato flour, or only with durum wheat semolina, its simple composition has won the hearts of Italians and foreigners alike!
The first step in the production of gnocchi begins with the boiling of the potatoes. Once cooked, they are peeled, mashed, mixed with butter, oil, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. When the dough is sufficiently kneaded, cubes of about two centimeters are cut out and then rolled with the finger against the tines of a fork to form its emblematic stripes.
Dive into the history of gnocchi!
It is said that at the Milanese court of the Sforza family, guests were served gnocchi carefully prepared with breadcrumbs, milk and almonds on important occasions. Once known as "zanzarelli", this small pasta could be coloured with pumpkin, spinach, beets, and even saffron.
In the 17th century, the name changed. The "zanzarelli" became "malfatti" (badly made). The preparation and composition also changed. From then on, flour, water and, in the case of the wealthier families, eggs were added.
Today, the majority of gnocchi consumed in Italy are made with potatoes and have been since the 18th century. At that time, the discovery of the potato, its importation from America and the development of its cultivation in Italy revolutionized Italian cuisine.
From 1880, potato gnocchi were accompanied by the famous al ragù sauce (the original version of bolognese).
All the flavor of Italy right at home
Want to impress your guests or simply treat yourself to an Italian recipe? You can always make a delicious gnocchi dish at home. Friendly advice: don't forget to visit our store for fresh gnocchi made by our chefs!
All that's left is to wish you "Buon appetito"!