I had been wanting to see if I can make a 7 minute gnocchi recipe for ages. I love gnocchi and it’s normally quick to make. I have made Amuse Your Bouche’s toasted gnocchi salad a few times and it only takes 15 minutes to pull together.
The I discovered mini gnocchi at my local supermarket. When trying to cook quickly, small is good. I was sure that I could use these to make a gnocchi dish in 7 minutes. Today I am sharing the trial and error process that goes into making a 7 minute recipe.
My experiments confirmed that toasted gnocchi salad in 7 minutes was not to be. My stove top is electric and really slow to heat up, which did not help. But even when I excluded the time spent waiting for the pan to warm up it still took longer than 7 minutes. Melting butter and then toasting gnocchi takes at least 7 to 10 minutes. There is no rushing that toasty goodness.
My next step was to trial making gnocchi in the microwave, the go to appliance for quick cooking. I started off based on some of the recipes I had seen on the internet microwaving the mini gnocchi for 2 or 3 minutes. This was way too long for mini gnocchi. I made a lot of batches of gluggy unappealing gnocchi.
Four batches later I think I have finally determined the best procedure for microwaving mini gnocchi.
- Put 1/2 a cup of water in the microwave and heat until boiling. This takes 45 seconds in my microwave.
- Add a cup of dried mini gnocchi to the water and microwave for 40 seconds
- Remove and add straight to pasta sauce. If you leave them sitting for any length of time they will become cold and gluey.
Unfortunately I used up all the mini gnocchi in testing, so I did not end up cooking a sauce to go with them. Dinner tonight was trial batches of gnocchi with feta cheese and rocket.
I will go shopping again and buy more mini gnocchi to cook up and share in a full recipe. I am thinking maybe with a cheese sauce like in Broccoli with cheese sauce recipe I shared recently.