03/05/2013 12:43 BST | Updated 03/07/2013 06:12 BST

Recipe for the Weekend: Gnocchi With Artichoke

This recipe shows you how easy it is to make potato gnocchi. The fresher they are, the better they taste. This is also a great way to eat an artichoke as a little goes a long way. Enjoy with a chilled glass of Italian Rose.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend!


2 medium sized artichokes

1 clove of garlic

1/2 tsp chopped thyme

50g unsalted butter

1 tblsp olive oil

75g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup of water

For the gnocchi

500g floury potatoes (Maris Piper) cut in half

100g tipo oo flour

1 organic egg (beaten)

To make the gnocchi

Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until soft. Drain and make sure the steam evaporates. Mash through a mouli- legumes or potato ricer. Leave in a large bowl to cool.

Mix the flour and the egg together with the mashed potato and form a soft dough.

Divide into three pieces and,using the palms of your hands and your fingertips,roll each one into a long sausage about 2cm in diameter. Cut into 2cm lengths, then push each one gently over the back of a folk on to a floured board. This gives the gnocchi a few ridges and a crevice, which will help to hold the sauce, making them really tasty.

Take the artichoke and peel off the tough outer leaves and outside stringy stem. Cut 1/2 the top off the artichoke leaving tender leaves. Using a tsp scoop out the choke. Cut the artichoke lengthways so you end up with slices of artichoke heart and stem.

In a saucepan add olive oil and 1 clove of sliced garlic and 1/2 tsp of thyme. Add the artichokes and 1/2 cup of water and cook with a lid on for 5 mins or until the artichoke is tender. Remove from the sauce pan and place them into a warm frying pan with the butter

In a pot of boiling salted water add the gnocchi and cook them until they rise to the top of the water. Using a slotted spoon carefully take out the gnocchi and toss in the warmed frying pan with the artichokes and a few spoonfuls of the cooking water add 75g of grated Parmesan and toss well until you get a really creamy consistency. Finish with black pepper.