Gnocchi with Pesto Masterclass with Giuseppe Crupi
In this instalment of our Chef Recipe Series with Giuseppe Crupi, he will showcase how to make gnocchi and pesto from scratch. This is another Italian classic that the whole family will love to make and of course to eat. Gnocchi is a great recipe to get kids involved with making as it is fun and easy to do.
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Gnocchi al Pesto
Ingredients for gnocchi:
- 250 00′ flour
- 1kg potatoes
- 1 egg
- Bunch of parsley
- Salt & black pepper
- 200g basil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 50g of pine nuts
- 80g Parmesan cheese
Method for gnocchi:
- Cook potatoes in boiling water for about 30 minutes without peeling (cooking time depends on the type and size, a rule for tasting cooking state is to stick a fork into one or two potatoes and if it goes easily, the potatoes are done).
- When ready, drain peel and mash them.
- Place the flour in a mound.
- Add potatoes, egg, salt, pepper, finely sliced parsley and mix all together.
- Don’t knead the dough too much, just long enough to blend all the ingredients.
- Cut a piece of the dough, sprinkle the working surface and your hands with flour and roll the dough into a long cylinder.
- Cut the cylinder into cubes.
- Place the gnocchi on a flat tray sprinkled with flour.
- If you want you can use a riga gnocchi (ridged paddle seen in the video at 5 mins). use your thumb to roll gnocchi to have ridges in the gnocchi. Alternatively you can use the back of a fork as seen in our video above).
Gnocchi al pesto:
- Combine the basil in with the pine nuts either using a pestle and mortar as Giuseppe has used in the video alternatively you can pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
- Slowly add the extra virgin olive oil.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.
- Add the grated cheese and a pinch of salt. Pulse again until blended.
- Pesto can last in the refrigerator up to a week, and can also be frozen for later use.
- Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add salt. Gently drop the gnocchi in the boiling water.
- Melt the pesto with a spoon of boiling water in a big bowl
- Cook gnocchi until they float. Drain it and add it in the bowl
- Serve each portion dressed with a basil leave, few pine nuts, parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil.
Giuseppe Crupi is the Director of Pinocchio Cookery School. After a 5-year research period in Trinity College in Dublin as an Engineer, he managed a language School and translation Company.
He loves cooking and languages and he speaks Italian, English, Spanish, but also some French, Portuguese, Irish and Greek.
Pinocchio Cookery School has been featured in the Irish and Italian press and on the most popular radio and TV shows. Giuseppe is a regular guest on Ireland AM where he shows how to prepare traditional Italian dishes that are served during the cookery classes and in Pinocchio Restaurant.
About Pinocchio Cookery School:
Pinocchio Cookery School is the first Italian school of cooking in Dublin. It’s a brand of the Flavour of Italy Group and represents the only body in Ireland with a structure and a stuff specifically focused on teaching and spreading the Italian food and wine culture.
The Flavour of Italy Group includes one Cookery School, one Pinocchio restaurant in Ranelagh and one Pinocchio restaurant in Temple Bar.
The School provides technical and professional training for restaurant staff and catering to and it researches and selects Italian products of excellence to be used in the preparation of the dishes or to be included in the selection for sale.
Our aim is to promote the passion and knowledge of the traditions of the national and regional Italian cuisine through its courses and different initiatives.
“Here at the Italian School of Cooking we truly believe that cooking together is not just a way to provide food but a life-style based on sharing and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. People always have a great time cooking together”.