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Cooking from scratch – Gnocchi

My husband came home with this the other day.

What to do with a kilo of ricotta? Make pasta of course!

I found this great tutorial on making ricotta gnocchi on Grow a Good It was a super easy recipe and I had all of the ingredients, although I substituted wholemeal flour for white, like a good wartime housewife! 

Slicing the gnocchi dough


This amount fed four adults for lunch. I made a simple sauce of garlic fried in olive oil,with two mashed in anchovies and a splash of lemon juice. Devine!

Wholemeal ricotta gnocchi garlic and oil

Wholemeal ricotta gnocchi garlic and oil

Pasta didn’t really make it to Australia until after the war, with the immigration of Italians in the 1950s (the time when my own Dutch grandparents immigrated). The first recipe I have found for gnocchi in a magazine is in 1959 – for potato gnocchi. I have included the whole article because it’s interesting –


Pasta recipes from 1959

Pasta recipes from 1959

With the other half kilo of ricotta I made a cake. I found a recipe on Bon  which seemed simple enough. I just substituted blueberries for the raspberries 
Blueberry ricotta cake

Blueberry ricotta cake

 The cake was very popular with the kids after school, and I managed to save some for lunches the next day.

Have you made gnocchi? If not, give it a try!


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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