Gnocchi Like Mama Used to Make

Gnocchi is one of my favorite Italian dishes to eat.  I had it quite a bit growing up, so it reminds me of wonderful times in my Mama’s kitchen.  The smell of fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil cooking in olive oil is hard to resist.  This is a very quick meal.  Not a lot of prep time at all, but it tastes like you spent HOURS slaving!
THE SAUCE
Ingredients:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
10 fresh plum ripe tomatoes, crushed
1/2 lemon, squeezed
3 sprigs basil, chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
course salt & pepper
dash crushed red pepper flakes
3 lbs gnocchi, boiled and drained according to directions. (see link for VEGAN product below)
fresh grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (V options at local health-food store)
LET’S GET COOKING!
In a pan, heat the oil and add the tomatoes, the garlic, and about 14/cup fresh basil, chopped, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of fresh grated Romano.  Cook the tomatoes down, until you can crush them with a fork or potato masher.  Add the wine and the lemon and cook for about 30 minutes, simmering until the sauce is cooked.
Make the gnocchi according to directions.  *NOTE:  DO NOT OVERCOOK THE GNOCCHI.  IT COOKS VERY FAST!
Serve hot with chopped fresh basil and Romano (or V substitute for Parmesan) on top. It’s excellent with a fresh green salad and pour yourself a glass of white wine!
VEGAN GNOCCHI:  There are various recipe’s to make vegan gnocchi, or you can purchase it.  Here is the link to a GREAT company that I found: CEASAR’S — They’re vegan, organic, gluten-free and sustainable!

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