Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Zucchini Flower and Saffron Gnocchi

Zucchini Flower and Saffron Gnocchi

(flour should equal ¼ of the amount of potato)

17.5 ozs red potatoes

4.5 ozs flour

zucchini flower

4 tablespoons of butter

safron for garnishing

pinenuts for garnishing

1/3 c parmesan

Clean the potatoes, scrubbing the skin well. Boil them in salted water until they are soft – you can check with the tip of the knife. Drain the potatoes then cool them for 10 minutes. Remove the skin. Mash the potatoes, not in a food processor but with the hand tool then mix them together with the flour using your hands, working the dough for 10 minutes until it’s mixed together well and you have a nice consistency. Add more flour to the surface if needed and roll the mixture with your two hands to reach 1 inch diameter. Cut the roll into small pieces about an inch long. Roll each individual piece on the back side of a fork to make the gnocchi groove. Place them in salted boiling water until they float. Immediately add the gnocchi to the pan with the cooked zucchini flower. Add a ½ ladel of the boiling water and 1/3 c of parmesan. Hover the pan over the heat moving the pasta continuously until the sauce becomes thick. Next add more parmesan if needed and and continue to hover and flip the pasta. For finishing touches on the serving plate, add safron and pinenuts.

The meeting point for my cooking lesson in

Rome is Teatro Argentina:

Jewish Ghetto

Piazza Navona

You guys have a great week!
your Chef,


  1. These look delicious!!! What a great combination !

  2. Chef, these look absolutely delicious! Love the photos around the city. Market remind me of home believe it or not, South Philly!

  3. I've been seeing a lot of gnocchi recipes lately, but none that use red potatoes. Why do you choose those over other kinds? The dish is absolutely stunning.

    Your pictures on the other hand; they filled me with a yearning to return to Italy.

  4. You are so lucky to live in Italy. Great sights, smells and foods. Love those zucchini blossoms.

  5. Fabio, You've brought back some beautiful memories with those photos. We used to live "a due passi" from Teatro Argentina (in piazza san Paolo alla Regola) so of course the sights and sounds (and smells) you show there are so very, very familiar. But they seem so long ago now...