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Best Gnocchi Alla Romana Recipe

Gnocchi alla romana

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus cooking
  • A little effort
  • Serves 4

This Roman-style gnocchi differs to the more common potato dumplings. It's made with semolina which is cut out into disks then baked with more butter and cheese for a really indulgent vegetarian supper dish

  • Vegetarian

Try this gnocchi alla romana or check out our other gnocchi recipes.

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  • 1 litre milk
  • 40g butter
  • 250g coarsely ground semolina
  • 3 eggs, yolks only
  • grated to make 3 tbsp parmesan


  • 60g butter, melted
  • (or vegetarian alternative) 60g parmesan, grated
  • grated to make ⅛ tsp nutmeg


  • STEP 1

    Heat the milk with ½ tsp salt and 20g butter in a non-stick pan. When it boils, sprinkle in the semolina, whisking to prevent lumps from forming. Bring the mixture to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture will be very thick.

  • STEP 2

    Remove from heat and beat in the remaining 20g butter, and then the egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in the parmesan and season with salt.

  • STEP 3

    Sprinkle a little cold water onto a work surface. Spread the mixture onto it, in an even layer about 1cm thick. Cool for at least 2 hours.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas 7.

  • STEP 5

    Butter a shallow baking dish. Cut the semolina into 6cm rounds. Put the trimmings in the bottom of the dish. Pour over a little melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan. Cover with a layer of cut-out circles, overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle with nutmeg and parmesan, and drizzle with more butter. Continue layering until all the ingredients have been used.

  • STEP 6

    Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top is browned. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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