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The word gnocchi may be derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, or from nocca (meaning knuckle). It has been a traditional type of Italian pasta of (probable) Middle Eastern origin since Roman times. It was introduced by the Roman legions during the expansion of the empire into the countries of the European continent. In Roman times, gnocchi were made from a semolina porridge-like dough mixed with eggs, and are still found in similar forms today, particularly the oven-baked gnocchi alla romana and Sardinia’s malloreddus which do not contain eggs.

One of my culinary heroes, here’s another recipe from Gordon Ramsays Ultimate Cookery Course S01E06 (Recipe #26). Check out the recipes demonstrated in each of the 20 Episodes of this first Series. I have them all recorded on my TV, but still bought the e-book “Gordon Ramsay’s Ulimate Cookery Course“. Just click over the image to go to the recipe.

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