Creamy Pink Tomato Sauce for Gnocchi

Creamy Pink Tomato Sauce for Gnocchi

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
667 Calories
46g Fat
52g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 667
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 29g 144%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 510mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a quick, easy-to-make, and delicate tomato-cream sauce with a pleasing, blush-pink hue. It allegedly has French origins, and it works great with potato gnocchi or short pasta shapes. It would also pair well with many types of pasta bakes or filled pasta such as ravioli or tortellini. 

This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve when you're in a rush, or if unexpected company stops in. It looks so elegant that nobody will suspect just how simple it was to make. 

It's also popular with kids since it's tasty and uncomplicated. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (or 400 grams) potato gnocchi or a short pasta shape (such as penne or farfalle)

  • 1/2 cup (or 125 milliliters) tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought)

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

  • 1/2 cup (or 125 milliliters) heavy cream

  • Dash sea salt (or to taste)

  • Dash freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

  • 1/4 cup (or 15 grams) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • Garnish:

    chopped flat-leaf parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Creamy Pink Tomato Sauce for Gnocchi ingredients

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  2. Bring a large, covered pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat, salt it, and add the penne, gnocchi, or other short pasta of choice.

    cook the gnocchi in a pot with water

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  3. Meanwhile, heat the tomato sauce and garlic in a large saucepan.

    heat the tomato sauce and garlic in a large saucepan

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  4. When the tomato sauce reaches a simmer, lower the heat to low, stir in the cream, and heat through, being careful not to let the sauce burn.

    add cream to the sauce in the saucepan

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  5. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

    Season the sauce with salt and pepper

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  6. When the pasta or gnocchi are ready, drain it and transfer it to the saucepan.

    add the gnocchi to the pasta in the pan

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  7. Stir to coat it in the sauce and add the freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

    add the freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano to the sauce and gnocchi

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  8. Toss to coat pasta evenly.

    gnocchi covered with sauce and cheese

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  9. Garnish with parsley, more freshly grated cheese if desired, and serve immediately.

    Creamy Pink Tomato Sauce for Gnocchi, Garnish with parsley, more freshly grated cheese

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Recipe Variations

  • For a milder sauce, use onions in place of garlic.
  • For a more piquant, somewhat spicy sauce, you can add a pinch of crushed dried red chili peppers (peperoncini) to the tomato sauce when simmering it with the garlic. 
  • Top with a few fresh basil leaves instead of parsley when serving.
  • For a lighter version, use cream cheese instead of the heavy cream.