Potato Gnocchi with Chorizo Sauce


Star South American grilling chef Francis Mallmann, whose newest restaurant is Los Fuegos at Miami Beach’s Faena Hotel, uses fresh Mexican-style chorizo to make this rich, meaty sauce. Slideshow:  More Gnocchi Recipes 

Potato Gnocchi with Chorizo Sauce
Photo: © David Malosh
Active Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
8 to 10



  • 3 pounds baking potatoes

  • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Chorizo Sauce

  • 3 medium tomatoes

  • 1 pound fresh chorizo, casings removed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, minced

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1 carrot, coarsely grated

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for garnish

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced oregano, plus sprigs for garnish

  • Crushed red pepper, for garnish


Make the gnocchi

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Prick the potatoes with a fork, wrap in foil and bake until tender, 1 hour. Let stand until just cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Press through a ricer onto a work surface; you should have about 6 loosely packed cups. Gently spread the potatoes into a 10-by-18-inch rectangle. Scrape the egg yolks on top and sprinkle with the 3 cups of flour, the cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Using a pastry scraper, swiftly chop the ingredients together. Knead gently until the dough comes together in a smooth ball. Cut into 8 wedges and cover with a kitchen towel.

  2. Lightly dust 2 rimmed baking sheets with flour. Roll 1 wedge of gnocchi dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rope, about 18 inches long. Using a knife, cut the rope into 3/4-inch pieces and transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Cover the gnocchi with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Make the chorizo sauce

  1. Working over a medium bowl, coarsely grate the tomatoes on a box grater; discard the skins. You should have about 1 3/4 cups of tomato puree.

  2. In a deep medium skillet, cook the chorizo over moderate heat, breaking up any clumps, until beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Scrape the chorizo onto a plate.

  3. Heat the oil in the skillet. Add the onion, season with a generous pinch each of salt and black pepper and cook over moderate heat until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the carrot and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Deglaze the skillet with the wine, scraping up any browned bits. Cook until the wine has reduced by two-thirds, about 3 minutes. Return the chorizo to the skillet with the fresh tomato puree, bay leaf, sugar and chicken stock. Bring the sauce to a boil, then simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until reduced by half, about 45 minutes. Stir in the 1/4 cup of cheese and the minced oregano and season with salt and black pepper. Keep warm.

  4. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the gnocchi in 3 batches until tender, about 6 1/2 minutes per batch. The gnocchi will float to the top after 1 to 2 minutes; keep cooking them. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to a warm platter. Spoon the chorizo sauce on top and garnish with grated cheese, oregano sprigs and red pepper.

Make Ahead

The uncooked gnocchi can be frozen for 1 month; boil without defrosting. The chorizo sauce can be refrigerated for 4 days and gently reheated.

Suggested Pairing

A smoky Argentinean Malbec.

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