Gnocchetti sardi with mussels

This is a semi-soup. Be careful when adding the cooking liquid from the pasta, you don’t want it to be too sloppy.  Serves 4

Gnocchetti sardi with mussels ingredients

Gnocchetti sardi with mussels ingredients

  • 400 grams  mussels — thoroughly cleaned
  • 200 grams  Gnocchetti sardi
  • 1 clove  garlic — finely chopped
  • a few chilli flakes
  • olive oil
  • 4 sprigs  parsley — finely chopped
  1. Put the mussels in a pan along with a little olive oil, the garlic, parsley and chilli
  2. Cover and cook over a high heat until the mussels open. About 5 minutes. Remove the meat from the mussels, reserving a few for decoration, and return to the pan.
  3. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water until al dente.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid.
  5. Add the pasta and the reserved cooking liquid to the mussels.
  6. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes and serve.
Gnocchetti sardi with mussels finished dish

Gnocchetti sardi with mussels finished dish

Gnocchetti sardi with beans and pancetta

Bacon, beans and tomato go really well together.  I think borlotti beans are called pinto in the states. I used pancetta but any good quality, dry-cured bacon would do just as well.

Serves 4

Gnocchetti sardi with beans ingredients

Gnocchetti sardi with beans ingredients

  • 300 grams gnocchetti sardi (small shells)
  • 200 grams fresh borlotti beans (or any other kind you can find – it will be much quicker if you use tinned beans but fresh give a much better texture)
  • 200 grams pancetta — cubed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 300 grams tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped – tinned are also good
  • 1 handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 40 grams parmesan cheese
  1. Fry the pancetta until coloured.
  2. Chop the parsley, basil and onion together. Add to the pan with the pancetta
  3. After a few minutes, add the tomatoes
  4. Add the beans and cook over a medium heat until the beans are tender. (30 or 40 minutes for fresh)
  5. Cook the gnoccheti until al dente
  6. Mix with the bean sauce, top with parmesan and serve

PS If you are using tinned beans, cook the sauce for 15-20 minutes and add the beans at the end.

Gnocchetti sardi with beans finished dish

Gnocchetti sardi with beans finished dish