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Ricotta Gnocchi al sugo di pomodoro (simple tomato sauce)
Ricotta Gnocchi is a specialty of Melissa's. Although potato gnocchi is typical of Umbria, this recipe (made with no potatoes) is one of Melissa's favourites and is easy to pull together with few ingredients.
Melissa learned to make this gnocchi from her friend’s Nonna. She was a great cook from the south of Italy (Campania). Variations of ricotta gnocchi are made throughout Italy and include gnudi from Tuscany (ricotta gnocchi often including some type of vegetable, like squash or spinach).
The ricotta gnocchi is served with Melissa's family sugo di pomodoro. A fresh tomato sauce cooked slowly on the stove. Simple ingredients are used for the sugo di pomodoro, showing how much flavour can come from dishes that use fresh ingredients and are not complex.