Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Okay THIS is how we summer. And I need you to hark it.

We all have those fresh tomato sauces we run to during the summer months. And by run I mean a full-on-foaming-at-the-mouth sprint. There’s nothing better! Nothing in the whole entire world. (besides taking a colossally plump farmer’s market tomato, slicing it and topping it with a good flaky finishing salt. THAT is stupid good.) But a quick, fresh, vibrant tomato sauce using only four ingredients? It shan’t be beat.

But then we add gnocchi and it’s over. Completely over. But I’ll show you that in a nano.

Did you know my favorite scent of all time is a tomato vine? When you take your fingers and rub a tomato leaf between them and then stick that leaf and/or your fingers up in your nose cavern, that is nothing short of supreme. It reminds me of childhood. Of my Memaw and Papaw’s south Arkansas backyard garden with two long rows of caged (or was it twined?) tomato plants. As a kid, I’d run through the spindly canopy of vines and absolutely DIE of how perfect it all smelled. Like really, go outside right now and rub a tomato leaf up in your face. Do it.

See? Summer is saved.

I have a divine recipe for you today, but it starts with either a farmer’s market or a roadside tomato stand or robbing your neighbor’s garden. Your pick. Go get a couple of pounds of ripe tomatoes. These are honkers, and I’m not even sure what their technical name is, but it doesn’t even matter because LOOK AT HOW GORGEOUS THEY ARE.

The tomatoes aren’t bad, either. (ba-domp?)

Oh, DeLallo. How I heart thee. You guys, they have this boxed, dried potato gnocchi and it is honestly SO good. The shape is perfect. It’s light and pillowy once cooked, and it takes less than anything to whip up. It’s the most ideal summer recipe because we’re mixing fresh and comfort. You know that’s basically my life mantra. Fresh meets comfort meets straw visors meets high-waisted pants. I knew we understood each other.

Okay I’ll show you how this goes.

Give the ‘maters a rough dice. Nothing too aggressive. Get them in a large food processor and bleeeeeend until they’re completely smooth. Not a trace of a dice left. We’re talking, tomato juice here.

Like that. ^^ When a summer tomato is as ripe as what we’re dealing with, there’s very little we need to do with it. Except garlic. Let’s never forget zee garlic.

Oh! The olive oil we’re using? Well of course it’s DeLallo’s extra-virgin olive oil. Magnificent flavor, and works exquisitely in a fresh Italian dish like this. You have to try their olive oil if you haven’t yet!

So right, get that garlic bloomed and fragrant.

The we add the pureed tomatoes! It might seem like a lot of oil (4 Tbs?!), but trust me. Once the tomatoes have a chance to marry the oil and the garlic and the fresh basil, it’s just so incredible you may punch a kitten.

It’s not simmering for long, either. Just ten minutes. We want that pungent, summertime, acidic bite of the fresh tomatoes, so this is a simple, quick ordeal. You’ll love it.

And now – listen to this. We’re not even boiling the gnocchi in water. We’re not! We’re adding it straight to the sauce to simmer and plump and get tender and perfect, in just five minutes. That is ALL it needs. Add it, stir it, let it simmer on low, stir it again, poke it to see how soft it’s getting. And you’re finished.

I’m sorry, are you even seeing that? The gnocchi has that unmistakable nearly-nutty flavor. It’s like little clouds of carb in a delicious swimming pool of garden. You CANNOT beat this. Also why would you want to?

And if you need to drizzle more oil on top, scatter a few more basil leaves over the whole mess and sprinkle fresh parmesan to finish – well clearly you know how to live.

Unbelievably simple, undeniably fresh, dripping with summer essence, it’s just perfection to me. The vibrant flavor of the tomatoes with the garlic, basil and oil – it’s a marriage like nothing else. Hit the market, load up on tomatoes and make.this.happen.

Don’t forget your visor.

Summer in ya face!

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  • 2 large fresh tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbs. DeLallo extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (1 pound) package DeLallo potato gnocchi
  • About a cup of fresh basil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. In a large food processor, add the two roughly chopped tomatoes. Pulse until very smooth and silky. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes to the skillet, a good pinch of salt, and about half the basil. Simmer this on a medium low heat for roughly ten minutes, letting the sauce come alive. Add the boxed gnocchi to the sauce and let it simmer another five minutes uncovered, until plump and tender. Taste it. Need anything? Of course not! It’s perfect.
  2. Garnish with extra basil, a fresh grind of pepper and a little parmesan cheese. Done. Enjoy summer living.
  3. Serves four!

Pronto. Yes, this begging.

(This post is definitely in partnership with my lover DeLallo. But all ramblings and gnocchi inhalings are completely my own. You dig?)

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9 Responses to Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato Sauce

  1. rajaelang June 18, 2021 at 4:47 am #
  2. Diane June 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm #
    I always enjoy your posts and look forward to them, but punch a kitten? I know you wrote that in jest, but still, not the best choice of words. I will be trying this recipe!
    • Bev Weidner June 19, 2021 at 7:31 am #
      Hahaha! It's a long running gag on my site. It's bizarre and unexpected. And you have to admit, funny. ;) Hope you enjoy the recipe!
  3. Sabrina June 18, 2021 at 7:24 pm #
    I miss these flavors, and your recipe just made me realize ,"what am I doing" buying a jar of tomato sauce when fresh ingredients are right there in the other isle, so thank you for jarring me out of my complacency and for the recipe, haven't had gnocchi in a while!
    • Bev Weidner June 19, 2021 at 7:31 am #
      RIGHT? Freshest is bestest. I hope you enjoy it!
  4. Situs Judi Terpercaya June 20, 2021 at 7:23 am #
    Thanks for sharing... :)
  5. Emily H June 21, 2021 at 11:56 am #
    Sooooo Method used to have a limited edition summer scent for their hand soap and all-purpose cleaner that was called Tomato Vine!! It smelled exactly like tomato vines and the scent you are describing (which also smells like my childhood), and I lived for it. I think it was available 2 summers in a row and then I sadly never saw it again. Can we start a petition to get that scent back, do you think?
    • Bev Weidner June 22, 2021 at 6:40 am #
      I'm TOTALLY on board to sign any and all petitions! I don't remember that scent, but I'm dying to smell it!


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