Gnocchi Gorgonzola and Radicchio; Recipe from Veneto
This gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio recipe is perfect winter comfort food that is full of Northern Italian flavours!
One of my favourite traditional Northern Italian winter recipes is potato gnocchi with gorgonzola. The combination of pillowy homemade gnocchi with rich and creamy melted gorgonzola is to-die-for delicious! At least to gorgonzola fans like me!
One of the most popular recipe posts here on the Pasta Project is my gnocchi with gorgonzola 5 ways! Well here’s the sixth way and it’s absolutely scrumptious. Potato gnocchi gorgonzola and radicchio is made with radicchio that has been caramelized with Balsamic vinegar and finished off with a sprinkling of walnuts. And yes it’s as yummy as it sounds!
Radicchio or Italian chicory!
Radicchio is a reddish-purple leafy chicory which has been cultivated in Italy since the 1600s. It’s very popular here in Northern Italy especially in Veneto, where I live, but also in Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Italians grow different types of radicchio. The most common is probably ‘radicchio di Treviso’ which looks like Belgian endive. That’s the type I used for this gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio recipe.
But, in my local supermarket I can also find ‘radicchio di Chioggia’ which is round and looks a bit like a purple cabbage and ‘Tardivo’ radicchio, which looks a bit like a flower! Italians love radicchio and use it a lot in salads. However, they also cook it in lots of ways including in risotto and with pasta. Radicchio is yummy in pesto too and I have a great recipe for radicchio pesto you can check out.
You can read more about Gorgonzola in my other recipe post for gnocchi with Gorgonzola 5 ways. However, in short Gorgonzola is a very ancient cheese that is believed to date back to around 900AD. It’s one of the most popular cheeses in Italy and one of the country’s greatest exports!
There are two kinds of Gorgonzola on the market; ‘dolce’ (meaning sweet) and ‘piccante’ meaning spicy. Gorgonzola dolce is younger, softer, creamier and, yes, sweeter. And this is the type I usually use and recommend for recipes like this gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio. Gorgonzola piccante is a more mature cheese and so it’s harder, more crumbly and has a much sharper and more pungent taste. This type I prefer to add to a cheese board.
Gnocchi in one form or another have been eaten in Italy since Roman times. Today, the most popular type, especially here in the North, are those made from potatoes. Italians eat gnocchi in the same way as pasta, often as a first course or ‘primo’. I like to eat potato gnocchi as a one plate meal because they’re pretty filling, especially since they are often paired with cheese based sauces like in this gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio recipe.
You can use store bought or homemade gnocchi for this recipe. I usually prefer to make my own . If you want to do the same check out my recipe for homemade gnocchi.
Making this gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio.
This delicious potato gnocchi Gorgonzola and radicchio is really simple to make. Okay a little more time consuming if using homemade gnocchi. But apart from making the gnocchi all you need to do is melt the gorgonzola with a little milk until it becomes a creamy sauce. Then cook the radicchio in a little butter until it’s almost done, add some balsamic vinegar and caramelize it.
I served the gnocchi on a bed of the caramelized radicchio but you can also mix everything together before serving! Whichever way you serve this dish I’m sure it’s going to become a winter favourite!
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Other Gnocchi recipes on The Pasta Project
- Homemade Potato Gnocchi
- Gnocchi with Gorgonzola 5 ways
- Homemade pumpkin Gnocchi with sage butter
- Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
- Gnocchi alla Romana
- Tuscan Gnudi (spinach and ricotta gnocchi)
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In this Northern Italian recipe, potato gnocchi are served in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce on a bed of caramelized radicchio and sprinkled with walnuts. Perfect winter comfort food!
- 400 g potato gnocchi 14oz (homemade or store bought)
- 2 Italian chicory radicchio di Treviso
- 200 g Gorgonzola dolce (7oz)
- 1/2 glass milk
- 50 g Parmigiano Reggiano (2oz) grated
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 25 g butter (1oz)
- 1 handful walnuts chopped
- salt for gnocchi and to taste
- black pepper to taste
Start boiling the water for the gnocchi. Add salt once it starts to boil.
Wash and slice the radicchio. Melt a little butter in a frying pan or skillet. Add the sliced radicchio and cook until it has reduced in volume by at least half and darkened in colour. (You can also do this with a little water or oil instead of butter)
Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar onto the radicchio. Turn up the heat and cook until caramelized. You will need to keep stirring it so it doesn’t burn. If you think it’s too sour add a teaspoon of sugar. The older the Balsamic the sweeter it will be.
Put the milk in a frying pan or skillet and start to heat it.
Add a piece of gorgonzola and stir till it melts, (if you want a denser sauce you can add a little butter). Continue to add pieces of Gorgonzola and if the sauce is too thick a bit more milk a little at a time.
It is important not to overcook the gorgonzola. For a delicate taste it must dissolve at a medium temperature. Turn off the heat and add some grated Parmigiano and pepper if desired.
Cook the gnocchi in the boiling salted water. As they start to rise to the surface of the water scope them out with a slotted spoon and add them to the gorgonzola sauce. If the sauce is too thick you can also add some gnocchi cooking water to make it more liquidy.
Mix the sauce and the gnocchi together and serve immediately on a bed of the caramelized radicchio. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and grated Parmigiano if desired.
Cooking times don't include making homemade gnocchi. Click here for the recipe