These gnocchi with chorizo and garlic are easy to make and a really comforting dish. A delicious fusion of Spanish and Italian cookery that makes a popular family meal. It's great for midweek or easy entertaining.
I first made this garlic and chorizo gnocchi recipe a long time ago inspired by a recipe made on Masterchef. The poor contestant, Claudia, who made these gnocchi didn't last long in Masterchef. She was out of the show the same week, but not because of the gnocchi!
Oh no, these gnocchi wouldn't send anyone home! In my view, anything with chorizo, garlic and tomato just has to be good. The gnocchi are soft and pillowy and the garlic and chorizo sauce is full of flavour. It also smells amazing as it's cooking.
What ingredients are in garlic and chorizo gnocchi?
To make this homemade gnocchi you'll need:
- Potato - You can use leftover boiled potatoes, the insides of baked potatoes or mashed potato. If you use mashed potato avoid using any with lots of butter or cream added.
- Plain flour
- Seasoning - Just a pinch salt and black pepper
- Garlic - lots of fresh garlic is really important for this recipe. Don't replace it with garlic powder or lazy garlic
- Chorizo - I like to use a spicy cooking chorizo. Use a hotter or milder version to suit your tastes.
- Cherry tomatoes or baby plum tomatoes - These look nice in the sauce but you can use wedges of larger tomatoes if you prefer.
- Parmesan - This is compltely optional. You need a strong cheese like parmesan to match the chorizo. You can replace it with another hard cheese such as grana padano or manchego though.
How do you make the gnocchi?
Gnocchi are actually easier to make than you might think. Start with cold mashed potatoes. Make sure they are well mashed with no lumps. I usually use a potato ricer and then sometimes even pass the potato through a sieve, although this is not absolutely necessary.
Then put the mashed potato, flour, egg and seasoning into a large mixing bowl. I usually stir with a spoon first to combine and then turn it out onto a floured work surface and knead for a few minutes until smooth. Make sure there is lots of flour on the work surface and your hands to stop the dough sticking to your fingers.
Then roll pieces of the dough into sausage shapes about the thickness of a finger. Cut into pieces about a centimetre long and place on a floured tray. Put the tray in the fridge to rest for about half an hour before cooking or put in the freezer if you are making them further in advance.
When you are ready to cook the gnocchi, bring a pan of water to the boil and drop the gnocchi in. Boil them for about 3 minutes. They should rise to the surface when they are cooked.
At the same time as you are cooking the gnocchi, make the sauce. It also cooks really quickly. Put the chopped chorizo into a dry frying pan or wok and cook until it begins to brown. Then add the garlic. Stir fry it with the chorizo and finally add the tomatoes.
Drain the cooked gnocchi and stir into the pan with the sauce. Toss around to coat the gnocchi on all sides with the sauce.
Serve with a spinkling of parmesan and some fresh basil if you like.
Can you adapt this gnocchi recipe?
Yes you can! Although i have to admit that I rarely do. After all, when you find a perfect gnocchi sauce, you want to spend more time with it.
This chorizo and garlic gnocchi is already such a simple dish with only three real ingredients in the sauce. It's hard to adapt it without changing the dish completely. However, you could add a little onion or some thinly sliced leeks to the sauce. Even a few slices of pepper would go well.
If you have run out of chorizo or don't like the smoked paprika in it then why not try using smoked bacon lardons instead?
If you like spicier food then add some sliced red chillies along with the garlic.
If you don't want to make the gnocchi but love the sound of these flavours, just serve it with pasta or shop-bought gnocchi.
What can you do with the leftovers?
If you have leftovers for this garlic chorizo gnocchi dish you can store them in the fridge for a couple of days and then reheat in the microwave.
If you want to freeze the leftovers then put them in an airtight container and freeze as soon as they have cooled. Defrost thoroughly and then reheat in the microwave or the oven until piping hot. It is best not to freeze for longer than a month as cooked gnocchi tends to go a bit mushy when defrosted and reheated.
Can you freeze uncooked gnocchi?
Yes. I often made extra gnocchi for the freezer. After making them, put them on a baking tray in a single layer and put them in the freezer. Once they have frozen you can transfer them to a freezer bag. It's then simple to cook the gnocchi directly from from frozen.
As making gnocchi is a bit more effort than a lot of recipes, it is a good idea to do this.
If you love the flavours in these gnocchi but don't want to actually make the gnocchi then why not try my easy tomato and chorizo pasta? It makes a deliciously easy midweek meal.
Gnocchi with Chorizo and Garlic
- 430 g cooked potato
- 130 g plain flour
- 1 egg beaten
- Pinch salt optional
- Pinch black pepper
Ingredients for the Sauce
- 8 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 250 g chorizo thinly sliced
- 400 g cherry tomatoes halved
- 40 g parmesan to serve
- Mash the potatoes. Use a potato ricer if possible or mash the potato then pass through a sieve. This gets rid of any lumps. Put in a mixing bowl.
- Sieve the flour into the bowl of potato. Add the beaten egg, salt and pepper. Mix with a spoon so it forms a dough.
- Flour the work surface and your hands and knead for about 5 minutes. Keep adding extra flour as necessary to stop it sticking.
- Divide the dough into four. Divide each in half again then roll out into a long sausage about one centimetre wide. Slice into gnocchi about one centimetre long each. Repeat with all the dough. If only serving 2 people, put half the gnocchi in the freezer. Let them freeze individually on a lined baking tray, then put them all together in a bag when they are frozen.
- Put a saucepan of water on to boil. At the same time heat a wok. When hot, add the chorizo, stir, cooking on both sides. The chorizo should release red oil. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Keep stirring so it doesn't burn.
- Add the gnocchi to the saucepan of boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes. They should all rise to the surface.
- Drain the gnocchi and add to the wok. Stir so all the gnocchi are coated in the sauce. Serve with grated parmesan.
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