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Gnocchi and Sauce

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Years ago, while visiting a friend in DC, I discovered the culinary miracle that is Potato Gnocchi. These amazing little pasta/dumplings will change your life if you have never had them. Luckily, they’ve started to gain in popularity and you can now find them in the pasta section of many grocery stores. No, they aren’t actually pasta but I’m not going to argue with the grocery store. If you have the time, make your own. It takes a little time but it is worth doing at least once just to say you have. However, for the quick and easy dinner I’m describing here just run and grab the package at Hy-Vee. Even Target carries them these days!

This pasta sauce may seem too easy to be good. But, in all honesty, all good pasta sauce is. The longer a pasta sauce takes and the more it includes, the more you should beware.

Gnocchi in Tomato-Cream Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 package potato gnocchi, prepared

Prepare gnocchi according to package. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce, salt, and sugar, simmer until thickened, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in basil and cream. Pour sauce over gnocchi.

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Hot Fudge Sauce

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I have a confession. After I put the baby to bed for the evening I sneak into the kitchen to make the world’s best mocha. My espresso machine and I have a love that can only be threatened by my relationship with my mixer. After the baby, husband, and pets, I’m not sure which appliance I’d grab first in case of a fire. Go ahead, you can judge away. Honestly, you should.

As we all know, food is only as good as the ingredients used to make it. Mochas are no different. So, how do you make the world’s best mocha? With the world’s best hot fudge sauce. Now, while I use the majority of this to make mochas its uses are infinite. I use it to make hot chocolate, milk shakes/malts, and of course to top hot fudge sundaes. Be creative. And just know, you WILL lick the spoon so make enough to compensate for that loss.

Fudge Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in sauce pan. Add syrup and milk, blend well. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Cool without stirring until pan feels warm to hand.