Gnocchi with gorgonzola is a food match made in heaven and for more deliciousness add walnuts or figs or speck or a combination of all these ingredients.
- 800 g Potato Gnocchi Homemade is best see the recipe
- 200 g Gorgonzola Dolce or Piccante if you prefer
- 1/2 glass milk
- 50 g Parmesan grated
- 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
- ground black pepper (optional)
- salt for cooking gnocchi
- 40 g walnuts shelled and broken in small pieces
- 100 g speck cut into small pieces
- 4-6 fresh figs cut into quarters or smaller
Start boiling the water for the gnocchi. Add salt once it starts to boil.
Put the milk in a deep frying pan or skillet and bring it to a boil.
Turn the heat down and 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 parmesan and pepper, if desired. Some people also add a little nutmeg.
Cook the gnocchi and as they start to rise to the surface of the boiling 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 with grated parmesan if desired.
Toast the walnut pieces in a dry frying pan until they start to brown a little. Keep stirring them so they don’t burn. Sprinkle the walnuts over the gnocchi and Gorgonzola just before serving.
Either just add chopped figs to the final dish ( which is what I did) or add the chopped figs to the Gorgonzola sauce before adding the gnocchi.
Fry the pieces of speck in a little olive oil until the speck starts to brown. Sprinkle the speck over the gnocchi and Gorgonzola just before serving.
You can add both speck and walnuts together to the gnocchi with Gorgonzola. Some people fry the speck and walnuts together then add the milk and gorgonzola. I prefer to cook the extra ingredients separately.
This recipe can also be made with pasta. Italians prefer to use short pasta such as penne or rigatoni, rather than long pasta.