December 7, 2008

Simply Divina- Polenta Gnocchi

Sometimes eating fabulous meals can take 10 minutes and give immense pleasure.
I made a Tuscan Ragu, which we call sugo, the other night. I let it pippare, slowly simmer, while I watched TV, worked on the computer and talked with my hubby.

Last night when we got home from a long day in Florence, I put a pot of water on to boil and took the ragu out of the fridge.

When the water boiled I slowly let a box of "instant" polenta rain into the water, whisking the entire time. Then I lowered the flame and stirred with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes.
Covering the pot, to let it finish cooking on it's own, I reheated some ragu.

This is one of my husbands favorite meals his mom used to make.

To make "gnocchi" di polenta:

Place soup-spoon quenelles of polenta on a heated dinner plate.
Place a spoon of ragu on top of the polenta.
Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top.

This would also be wonderful with a mushroom sauce or mushrooms in the ragu.

True Tuscan comfort food- and Divina!

PS- left-overs today for snack

Left-over polenta solidifies into solid block, easy to slice.
I only had a small amount, enough to make some crostini, small toasts.

I pan-fried them in extra virgin olive oil and topped with ragu. I cut what was left over into smaller pieces and made polenta fries.

One of the restaurants I go to makes longer "french fries" from polenta in the same way.


  1. Delicious! This sounds like comfort food to me, too!

  2. How delicious that looks and sounds! Making me VERY hungry......

  3. Sounds fabulous, and I love the suggestion of mushrooms in there (could be b/c that's what we had in our sugo today) ;)

  4. ahhh i love gnocchi!!!! this type sounds delicious! i hope you have leftovers... i'm coming over for dinner!! ;)

  5. I adore gnocchi but can no longer eat them because of a gluten intolerance....but this is spectacular! I love polenta and I can have all I want...this is going on my next shopping list! Thanks so much -love your blog!