Meat Free Monday – Gnocchi Puttanesca – Store cupboard Stunner

Puttanesca Sauce is roughly translated to Sauce of the prostitute and is supposed to have originated as it was a quick storecupboard sauce to make a quick, filling meal between ‘clients’ – its peasant food – and in my own little world, peasant food, Β is some of the best you can find – pickled larks tongues in aspic is all very well, but a good rustic dish will fill you up and wishing you could have more πŸ˜‰


Puttanesca sauce is usually served with spaghetti, but I have Aldi gnocchi I want to use up, and a mozzarella ball that keeps looking at me when I open the fridge. I have a load of various jars mainly from Aldi, olives, capers and tinned Anchovies.


In a wide shallow pan I add 2 crush cloves of garlic and a glug of olive oil, start to gently cook


half a tin of anchovies (love that Aldi sell them) and add a sprinkle of chilli flakes (use as much as you want – we are wimps 🀣)


Stir in a tin of chopped tomatoes.


You will notice the sauce becoming shinely and glossy, at this point add a handful of chopped pitted olives, a chopped tablespoon of Capers. Season to taste – be sparing with the salt, the anchovies etc will be very salty – a good pinch of black pepper will help though.


Stir in the gnocchi and spoon into an ovenproof dish. Β Sprinkle over torn mozzarella if you have it and into a hot oven (180) for 30 minutes.


A chunk of crusty homemade bread will be a tasty addition 😍


I,ve made bread loads of times, so here,s aΒ Linky

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Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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