let’s start with this beautiful basil and oregano bathing in olive oil. if this isn’t romantic, at least in the idyllic sense, then I do not know what is.
for our amazing delicious vibrant sauce, we are going to use these tomatoes! these are whole san marzano tomatoes swimming in tomato puree! swimming, bathing.. there is a lot of that activity going on here.. san marzano tomatoes are a variety of plum tomato. they have a strong taste that is sweeter, less acidic, and more flavorful than the roma tomato. they are actually the preferred tomato for Neopolitan pizza so, yes they will make a lovely difference in taste. their flesh is also much thicker, ideal for a pasta sauce. because you know texture is important.
learn more about these red beauties >>here<< in this fun interactive from the NY Times!!
the sauce gets its golden orange color from the red tomatoes and the melted mozzarella. technically it’s not vodka sauce, because that orange Italian pasta sauce involves tomatoes and cream. so, I’m not quite sure what to call this sauce, other than delicious.
if you have never had it, I can only describe it to you as the queen of all pasta, they Bey of pasta. soft pillows of Italy swimming in a warm blanket of tomatoes.
I really think this dish will make your special someone feel special. it’s important to let the people we care about know they are special!!! they deserve to feel and know they are loved without a doubt! friends, family, parents, and the one special person!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp fresh oregano
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic
- handful of torn spinach (optional)
- 1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 16 oz package gnocchi
- 8 oz cherry/pearl mozzarella balls halved
- cook basil and oregano in the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 min until herbs are a little crispy
- add diced onion and minced garlic, cook for another 5-7 min until onion is about to brown, don't let it brown
- ad torn spinach and mix in
- crush tomatoes and add to pan with juice
- season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes
- cook gnocchi as directed on package in salted water, drain, rinse with cold water so they stop cooking and set aside
- add mozzarella to sauce and gently stir in evenly
- add gnocchi and enjoy!