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Gnocchi Alla Romana

Danilo Cortellini
Have you ever experienced the simple joys of Gnocchi alla Romana? The recipe – shared here by our regular guest contributor, Danilo Cortellini – dates back to the time (pre 1600s) when potatoes weren’t available in Italy.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 125 g semolina flour
  • 35 g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 75 g grated Grana Padano (or Parmesan)
  • Salt and nutmeg (to taste)


  • Pour the milk in a large casserole and bring it to simmer with a pinch of salt, very little nutmeg (be careful as it can be very powerful) and a knob of butter. At this stage slowly pour in the semolina and stir well in order to avoid lumps. Cook on low heat for about 15 minutes stirring every now and then, exactly like a “polenta”.
  • Once the gnocchi base is cooked, remove from the heat, add the egg yolk and a handful of Grana Padano and mix well until smooth.
  • Pour the cooked semolina in a baking tray folded with parchment and spread it evenly to a thickness of 1½cm. Allow to cool.
  • When the mixture  is cold and firm, cut out discs with a pastry ring or a water glass about 4cm in diameter. Lift these discs out and place them in the buttered oven-safe dish or skillet, slightly overlapping them, until the dish is filled. Melt the left over butter and pour it over the “gnocchi” then sprinkle them with the rest of the Grana Padano cheese.
  • Pre heat the oven at 220°. Bake at 200˚C for 15 minutes, until the cheese on top melts and browns. Roast your gnocchi for 5 more minutes under the grill to give them extra crunchiness, colour and a more deep complex flavour. Serve them while still fuming.
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