Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

It’s been a long, rough week. The bambino and one of his kindergarten friends are already having some issues with a troublemaker in their class. The bambino’s Batman lunchbox was kicked around by this boy and 3 others on Monday. That was bad enough. The bambino’s friend was hurt at lunch Friday, and had to go home for the day–The result of being pushed by the troublemaker. I would like to think that by this point, the kid is on the school’s radar, and hopefully this is the last incident for the rest of the school year. It just amazes me that they’re in kindergarten, and it’s the third week of school. And already we’ve had to talk to the bambino about bullies and how to deal with them. He’s FIVE. He should just be worrying about his Legos and whether or not he gets to stay up late watching dinosaur documentaries. So while we just ate leftovers last night, tonight I decided on some comfort food of sorts: Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce.

Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

And not just any tomato sauce…THE Sauce:

Tomatoes, Onions & Butter
Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. It’s been a long while since I’ve made this sauce, but it is SO good. For the past year, maybe two, the bank has purchased a CSA share, and they divide the vegetables up between a couple of the branches. On Friday, they brought in some of the best-looking tomatoes I have ever seen. I assume they were an heirloom variety, because I have never before seen tomatoes that were such a deep red hue. It’s crazy, but I felt like I HAD to take a bunch of them and make something. So I did…My original thought was a tart, but then I remembered having some potatoes to use up, so I starting thinking of gnocchi, and then I remembered The Sauce.

Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce 2
I decided I need to get myself a food mill at some point…Blanching, peeling and chopping tomatoes by hand is slimy and I always make a huge mess. Of course, making gnocchi by hand isn’t any less sloppy, so I guess it doesn’t matter. Still, I’d love to make silky-smooth marinara sauces some day.

But enough of that…I made gnocchi and rather than boiling them, I fried them, just because I like crispy potato-things. I know, that makes no sense. But trust me, if you’ve never tried frying your gnocchi, give it a go. And make this tomato sauce (if you haven’t yet done that either). I promise you won’t regret it!

Yield: 4-6

Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 6 small Russet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 2 lbs. tomatoes
  • 1 medium/large onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 3-4 Tbsp. olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wash potatoes, then poke several holes all over. Bake for 1 hour, then allow to cool.

While the potatoes are cooling, bring a large pot of water to boil. Using a sharp knife, cut an 'X' into the bottom of each tomato, being careful not to cut more than 1/8-inch deep. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Remove, and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Peel off the skins, chop and remove as many seeds as possible.

Place the tomatoes in a large saucepan, along with the onion halves and the butter. Simmer over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring and crushing the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon.

Cut the potatoes in half, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a large mixing bowl, and using a potato masher or fork, mash the potatoes, and begin kneading in the flour.

Move the dough to a floured surface, and cut into 2-3 pieces. Roll each piece out into a rope about 1-inch thick. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.

Heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet. Add the gnocchi and fry until browned and crispy, adding more olive oil if necessary.

Remove the onion from the tomato sauce, and serve over the gnocchi.

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The last time I made gnocchi, I froze half of it. Not this time. I gave the bambino a few, and split the rest between Jay and I. My only regret is that there isn’t more sauce. Or that I didn’t have bread to sop up the little bit left in my bowl.

We participated in a 5K this morning sponsored by the bank, and while we just walked it (the bambino came with us), Jay and I both are still pretty tired, and ready to call it a night!