Gnocchi with Tomato and Fresh Basil Salsa

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!


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Serves: 4 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

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About this Recipe Makeover

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.

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 12 1/4 oz 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
  • 14 oz reduced-sodium canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 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
  • 14 oz meatless spaghetti sauce


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.


Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.


Gnocchi are Italian small dumplings, made with potatoes.

Thanks to Fresh Finesse

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 331 cals
Kilojoules 1,382 kJ
Fat 3.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 47 mg
Sodium 106 mg
Carbohydrates 61.2 g
Fiber 4.4 g
Total Sugars 8.5 g
Protein 8.8 g
Calcium 32.0 mg
CALORIES 429 cals
Kilojoules 1,793 kJ
Fat 7.5 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Cholesterol 116 mg
Sodium 983 mg
Carbohydrates 74.9 g
Fiber 6.5 g
Total Sugars 17.1 g
Protein 15.0 g
Calcium 231.0 mg
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