I watch many cooking competition programs. This recipe was the one Victoria Lapresi used to get onto Master Chef this year. I have never tried to make fresh pasta but this one looked so good I decided to try it. I have also never had Gnocci before and I think I need more pasta-making lessons as my Gnocci looked nothing like the photo. Also, there was flour everywhere - my kitchen looked like there had been an explosion! The meal was, however, extremely tasty. My husband loved it and he's 100% Sicilian so I must have done OK.
1In a large bowl combine the ricotta, eggs, parmesan cheese, salt and flour.
2Knead until just incorporated into a soft dough (mine was very soft). Do not overwork or gnocchi will become tough.
3On a well floured surface shape the dough into two ropes about 1"x18" inches each. (I had lots of trouble with the long ropes so I made 4 shorter ones).
4Using a floured butter knife slice into 1" pieces. With the tip of your index finger indent each piece as this will later help sauce stick to the pasta (I dipped my finger into water before indenting each gnocchi so my finger wouldn't stick to the dough)
5Bring a large pot of boiling, salted water to a rolling boil.
6Add gnocchi, in small batches (I added to the batch one at a time so they would remain separate) and boil until they float, about 2 or 3 minutes.
7Meanwhile brown pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat . (I browned the pancetta first and let it sit until the gnocchi was in the pot and re-heated when adding next ingredients)
8Add butter and sage leaves.
9Cook until butter begins to brown - about two minutes.
10With a slotted spoon remove gnocchi from the pot and drop into the skillet.
11Lightly brown on both sides, tossing often, for about 3 minutes.
12Add peas and lemon zest, toss and cook until heated through.