It’s a school night, you want to go and see a film after work, but that means getting home starving at 9.30 and in a rush to eat. However, if you don’t find the time to go and see the film it will have disappeared under the new releases in a few days so, well, you go. Or at least I do. And last week I saw Heartbreaker (L’Arnaqueur) which is an oxymoron in action: a laugh-out loud French film (okay, Le Diner de Cons was hilarious too). Yes, it’s a silly rom-com, a cross between something Richard Curtis would think up and Meet the Parents, but I’ve never heard a Curzon audience laugh quite so much.
By the time I got home I was happy and hungry. And since I have recently discovered the fact that fast pasta sauces work with gnocchi too, I made the following.
You will need (per person):
120-150g of gnocchi
handful of fresh sage leaves, washed
big lump, say about 30-40g, of unsalted butter (I find that salted butter makes the sauce too bitter)
salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Put the gnocchi into a pan of boiling water. Cook for a couple of minutes until they start bobbing on the surface. Take off the heat and drain.
2. Meanwhile melt the butter over a medium heat until it starts to froth and then throw in the sage leaves.
Cook until the sage becomes crispy and the butter turns slightly brown, about four-five minutes in total. (Sorry, both my pictures of this are completely blurred!)
3. Mix warm gnocchi with hot sage butter sauce and season with salt and pepper. Heartbreakingly simple.