The best recipe for gnocchi with rich, velvety vodka sauce! It's easy to make in one pan using simple, unprocessed ingredients. Serve it as comfort food, date night dinner, or a crowd-pleasing side.
1/2medium yellow onionfinely chopped
1/4teaspoonred pepper flakes
28ouncecan crushed tomatoes
salt and pepperto taste
fresh basilfor serving
Warm olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until softened. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes and cook about 1 minute more, just until fragrant.
Stir in the crushed tomatoes and the vodka, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, let it bubble for about 1 minute, then lower the heat to medium. It should settle at a gentle simmer. Stir in the gnocchi.
Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes, then remove the lid and stir in heavy cream. Cook for 1 minute more, until the cream is just warmed through. (Take care not to cook for too long at this point, or the sauce may separate.) Serve with shaved Parmesan and slivered fresh basil.
This keeps and reheats very well; store any leftovers in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan over medium heat.