Named after the famed location just off the Campanian coast, gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a dish that perfectly embodies the spirit of this region, in which flavours from high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients are combined into dishes that shine for simplicity as much as for sophistication.

The joyous nature of gnocchi alla Sorrentina makes it especially suited to a festive family lunch. This perhaps justifies the effort of making the dish from scratch, starting with the potato gnocchi themselves and moving on to the homemade tomato sauce. And yet, despite being fairly labour-intensive, the ingredients are of the simplest kind, and so is their coming together, inevitably, under the influence of a hot oven, which will melt the mozzarella and bind the gnocchi into a delicious thread of cheesy strings.

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