Plant-based eating is such a hot topic at the moment, so we teamed up with The Meatless Farm to develop this extremely delicious Homemade Gnocchi with Meatless Farm Ragu. We enjoyed developing the recipe so much, and hope you enjoy making it at home!
For the Gnocchi
4 large potatoes, approx. 300g each
200g flour, plus extra for dusting
2 egg yolks
A knob of butter (or olive oil)
Your Meatless Farm ragu
Freshly chopped parsley
Grated hard cheese of your choice
For the ragu
400g Meatless Farm mince
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
400ml vegetable stock
50g butter (or olive oil)
20g olive oil
2 carrots, grated or minced
1 stick celery, chopped
1 onion, grated or minced
5 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
1 tbsp tomato puree
100g heavy cream (or cream alternative)
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
10ml Worcester sauce
50g tomato ketchup
Non-stick frying pan
Bowl of ice water
Chopping board & knife
Spatula or wooden spoon
To make the Meatless Farm Ragu
Prepare all of your ingredients before you start. Be careful when chopping and using knives!
Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the oil and butter, and let it melt.
Add the onion and let it soften and brown.
Add the garlic and your Meatless Farm mince into the frying pan.
Gently break the mince down, and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes till golden brown.
Add your chopped celery and carrot and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
Carefully dip a spoon into your ragu, and give it a taste. It’s very hot, so make sure to cool it down before you put it in your mouth! Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
If you want a bit more of a tangy tomato flavour add a bit more ketchup and Worcester sauce to taste.
To make the Gnocchi
Peel your potatoes carefully with a peeler.
Place your potatoes in a pot, and cover with water.
Bring water to boil over high heat and then turn down to medium and simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes or until you can easily pierce through the potato.
Drain, cool and mash with a fork or potato masher.
Form a well in the mashed potato. Sprinkle the flour in, then add the egg yolks, a pinch of salt, and mix the all of the ingredients together.
You should begin to form a ball of dough. Work it gently - do not over-knead the dough.
Once the dough is smooth, on a floured surface roll out the dough into a rope (cylinder).
Carefully cut the rope into half-inch (1.5cm) pieces.
Using the back of a fork, gently roll each dough ball on a table to make ridges.
Bring another pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully add the gnocchi and let them boil.
The gnocchi will float to the top when done - transfer the cooked gnocchi into an ice bath, then drain on to a tray lined with paper or a clean tea towel.
Melt butter in a non-stick frying pan over high heat.
Once the butter is melted, add your gnocchi and fry lightly, until they’re nice and golden brown.
Carefully plate the gnocchi. Spoon your delicious Meatless Farm ragu over the gnocchi.
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and grated Parmesan or another hard cheese of your choice.