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Gnocchi with Beef and Basil Sausage, Radicchio + Ricotta

Simple and laid back this recipe imbues a wintery evening with warmth and happiness. Little pillows of potato gnocchi are tossed in a pan with olive oil, basil, radicchio, lemon, and itty-bitty beef and basil meatballs. Finished with lemon zest and beautiful fresh ricotta and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. This dish is one to hold close, savour, and share in the company of good friends.

Gnocchi with Beef and Basil Meatballs

500g good quality store-bought gnocchi

3 beef and basil sausages, skins removed – if you can’t find beef and basil, regular beef will be fine or you can add your own chopped basil to the sausage mix.

1 tsp honey

2 heads of radicchio, shredded

½ cup ricotta

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Zest and juice of ½ a lemon

Fresh basil leaves

Olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil

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Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add a pinch of salt and the gnocchi. Cook the gnocchi for approx. 2 minutes, until the gnocchi float to the top of the water then remove with a slotted spoon, drain.

Heat some olive oil in a fry pan over medium-high heat. Add the drained gnocchi. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the outsides are crisp and golden. Remove from heat and set aside.

Roll teaspoons of the sausage meat into little balls. Heat some oil in a fry pan and cook the meat balls for 4 minutes until perfectly browned, add a teaspoon of honey and cook for a further 1 minute, tossing to coat.

Add the gnocchi, about ¾ of the shredded radicchio, a few basil leaves, lemon juice, and a splash of extra virgin olive oil if you wish.

Toss all together to combine then add the lemon zest and season to taste.

To serve, top with ricotta, remaining shredded radicchio, lemon juice, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

 Serves 4

Gnocchi with Beef and Basil Meatballs

10 thoughts on “Gnocchi with Beef and Basil Sausage, Radicchio + Ricotta

  1. Kate, this dish looks both beautiful and nourishing. I’ve tried several brands of store-bought gnocchi though, and I just can’t find one that’s pillowy soft and light as yet. Do you have a particular brand that you love? I’m also loving the idea of beef and basil sausages, yum!

    • Hi Laura! Thank you for the lovely comments. I would recommend finding a speciality pasta shop for your gnocchi. Supermarket brands tend to be full of preservatives etc. which can make them heavy and plastic-y tasting. Buying from a speciality shop almost always guarantees freshness and lightness! Good luck! Kx

  2. This looks SOOO absolutely perfect and really is my kinda dinner. I’ve bookmarked this to make because it looks like the kinda meal I can easily make and fully enjoy on a busy weeknight dinner. THanks for this really appreciate it!

  3. Pingback: Wholewheat fusilli with radicchio (Italian chicory) and pancetta (Italian bacon). | Chocolate Spoon & The Camera

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