Pasta and Grains: Pasta and Noodle Dishes: Gnocchi with Tomato and Fresh Basil Salsa

Tired of regular pasta and salty sauce? Try making this lighter Recipe Makeover, made with fresh herbs and the zing of tomatoes.
Per serving: 331 calories, 3.9g fat and 106mg sodium.
Saves: 98 calories, 3.6g fat and 877mg sodium over traditional gnocchi!

Author: Fresh Finesse
Date: November 04, 2010

Suggestions: Gnocchi are Italian small dumplings, made with potatoes.

Serves: 4 person(s)

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

    Replacing salt with fresh herbs and spices adds a new dimension to a dish. Additionally, by decreasing the eggs and flour, and by omitting the cheese, this made-over gnocchi is high in flavor, yet lower in calories, fat and sodium.
  Recipe Makeover

    350 g mashed yellow potato (about 6 potatoes)
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 onions, sliced
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    2 tsp oil
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    400 g reduced-sodium canned tomatoes, chopped
    2 Tbsp tomato paste
    2 tsp brown sugar
    2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped

  Traditional Recipe

    5 potatoes
    2 egg yolks
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    400 g meatless spaghetti sauce

Directions:

    GNOCCHI: When mashed potato has cooled slightly, add the lightly beaten egg and gradually add the flour.

    To make gnocchi, knead the potato mixture into a ball and separate into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 1/2-inch thick roll and cut into small pieces. Cook in batches in boiling salted water for 10 to 15 minutes. When the gnocchi float to the surface they are ready.

    SAUCE: While the gnocchi is cooking, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in wine, tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, brown sugar, and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve sauce over cooked gnocchi.

Variations:

    Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

    Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

MakeoverTraditional
Calories:331 cals429 cals
Kilojoules:1,382 kJ1,793 kJ
Fat3.9 g7.5 g
Carbohydrates61.2 g74.9 g
Protein8.8 g15.0 g
Cholesterol47.0 mg116.0 mg
Sodium106 mg983 mg
Saturated Fat0.8 g3.3 g
Fiber4.4 g6.5 g
Calcium32.0 mg231.0 mg
Total Sugars8.5 g17.1 g

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