Sicilian Gnocchi

Wisconsin Cheese Sicilian Gnocchi   Recipe
Active Time
50 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Fresh Mozzarella can be used in this recipe.


  1. Fry pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove pancetta with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir for 4-6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook and stir for 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Gradually stir in cream. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly. Process sauce, in batches, in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth. Return to the pan.
  4. Stir in vodka and capers. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Cook gnocchi, in batches, according to directions. Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon. Keep warm. Bring water back to a boil before cooking remaining gnocchi. Drain. Return to the pan. Add 2 cups sauce; toss to coat.
  6. Top servings with fresh mozzarella, olives, pancetta and additional sauce. Garnish with basil.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Fresh, milky mozzarella cheese is available in a variety of sizes, including perline (pearl size), ciliegine (cherry size), medallions and bocconcini (medal size), and ovoline (egg size). You can also find it in logs, 8-ounce balls and sliced.

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