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Gnocchi al Telefono

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Mario Batali


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot diced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 28 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 12 oz package of Gnocchi, cooked in salted water per package instructions
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped (divided)
  • Ciliegine mozzarella balls halved, to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan grated


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the shallot and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and lower heat to low; simmer for 30 minutes making sure to stir occasionally.
  • Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Cook the gnocchi in salted boiling water, per package instructions, about 3 minutes; drain, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking water.
  • Add the drained gnocchi to the tomato sauce and a bit of the cooking water if needed.
  • Add most of the fresh basil and toss to coat evenly.
  • Place into a serving bowl and add bits of mozzarella cheese, remaining basil, and freshly grated Parmesan.
  • Serve and enjoy.