The Perfect Meal

Since our trip to Rome in 2014 I have become obsessed with Italian food. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few places in Italy & every time I discover new, simple dishes that I love to recreate when I’m home.

One dish, in particular, was a Gnocchi dish that my boyfriend and I ate in Milan. This simple dish of roasted tomatoes, fresh gnocchi & cheese was one of the best Italian meals we have ever eaten.


We have tried a few times to cook this dish at home & I think I have finally perfected the recipe!

With only 5 ingredients & seven simple steps, we can all have a little bit of Milan on a rainy Monday in Manchester. If you plan to cook only one dish this week, then make it this one. Trust me, it is delicious!


– Fresh Gnocchi

– Fresh vine Tomatoes (cherry or San Marzano)

– Garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon of fresh garlic purée

– Baby Spinach leaves (optional)

– Mozzarella / Parmesan (optional)



Pre heat your oven to 200•c

– Chop the tomatoes in half or quarters, depending on size, then season with salt, pepper, chopped garlic & olive oil (if using garlic purée, mix this with a little oil & drizzle evenly over the tomatoes)


– Place tomatoes into the centre of the oven and check after 20 mins. When some of the edges have blackened, turn the oven off & leave the tomatoes inside to stay warm.


– Pop the fresh Gnocchi into a pan of salted, boiling water. Allow the pan to boil for for 1 minute then drain the water.

– Once fully drained, add butter to the pan of Gnocchi & fry for a couple of minutes. Try not to stir too much, as they may break apart.


– Add the roasted tomatoes & spinach leaves to the gnocchi and stir through, once the leaves have wilted slightly, plate up your lovely Milanese gnocchi!


– Finish with a sprinkle of Parmesan or small torn pieces of mozzarella & serve!


Enjoy! x

Let me know if you try this recipe & send me pictures using either the Daisy Grey Instagram or Twitter.

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