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The Chef: Cesar Ramos
The Restaurant: Osteria Morini, Miami Beach
The Dish: Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce

Ingredients for the pesto:

2 cups fresh black kale
2 cups basil leaves
½ cup olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
a few ice cubes

Ingredients for the gnocchi:

1 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups double zero flour
1 cup ricotta
2 egg yolks
½ tsp pepper
⅓ tsp nutmeg

Method of Preparation for the pesto:

  • Blend all the ingredients except Parmesan in a food processor.
  • The mixture should still be a bit chunky.
  • At the end, add Parmesan and blend for additional 30 seconds.

Method of Preparation for the gnocchi:

  • Spread flour onto surface.
  • Make a well in the center of flour, and add ricotta, egg yolks, Parmesan, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Knead dough until smooth and well incorporated.
  • Divide dough into small balls and roll out into ½ inch diameter ropes.
  • Cut rope into ½ in long pieces.

Cooking Instructions:

  • Bring salted water to a boil and drop in gnocchi.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes. When they start floating, cook for an additional 30 more seconds.
  • In a saute pan, sauté a tsp of chili flake and garlic in olive oil for 1 minute.
  • Add a splash of white wine if you have on hand and cook for another minute (move pan off heat before pouring, then put pan back on the burner).
  • Add pasta to pan and 2 tablespoons of pesto.
  • Stir until sauce is creamy. Reserve a bit of the pasta water to thin out the sauce if needed.

To Plate:

  • Transfer to plate and garnish with parmigiana cheese.

Osteria Morini
1750 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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