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…is one of the best comfort foods I know of!  We saw a recipe for vodka-cream sauce and gnocchi on foodnetwork.com and decided to put our own spin on it for an absolutely delicious dinner.

For a delicious bowl of gnocchi comfort you need:

  • 1 box pre-made potato gnocchi
  • 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. vodka
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper

First, make your own tomato sauce.  Heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium-high.  Crush the diced tomatoes with a potato masher or fork and add them to the skillet along with the garlic, tomato paste, basil, and some pepper.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer, then knock the heat back to low and let it cook and thicken for about 5 minutes.

Boil some water for the gnocchi.  Salt it and cook the dumplings for about 3 minutes or until they float to the top.  We also boiled some asparagus along with the gnocchi to serve as our side.  Why not save a pot?!

While that’s going, melt the butter in a sauce pot.  Add the shallots and cook for a couple of minutes until they are tender.  Then, stir in the vodka, cream, and homemade tomato sauce.  Simmer the mixture for a couple of minutes to blend the flavors.

Toss the gnocchi in the cream sauce and season the asparagus with some salt and pepper.

If you haven’t tried gnocchi, this is the recipe to start with!  We absolutely love it, and this tomato cream sauce is a real winner to serve with basically any pasta.  The next time you are in the mood for a comfy bowl of pasta, whip up a batch of this gnocchi–it’s guaranteed to hit the spot!

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