A popular alternative to pasta is gnocchi which is actually the common ancestor to many different dumplings found throughout Europe. The name ‘gnoccho’ (the singular form of gnocchi; one gnoccho, two gnocchi) derives either from the Italian ‘nocchio’ meaning a knot in wood, or ‘nocca’ meaning knuckle. The Roman Legions introduced gnocchi to Europe as the empire expanded across the continent, although the introduction of potato into gnocchi didn’t occur until the humble potato was brought back from the Americas in the 16th century. These are eaten as primi piatti alternative to soup or pasta.
Val Verde offers high quality gnocchi made in Italy using traditional recipes with a generous potato content giving them a plump texture that makes it soft and flavoursome.
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