Gnocchi with broccoli, mussels and clams


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  • 13 floury potatoes, approx. 1.5kg, peeled and cut into chunkes
  • 300g of 00 flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp of salt

Clams, mussels and broccoli rabe

  • 500g of clams
  • 1kg broccoli rabe
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1kg mussels, debearded and cleaned
  • 1 sprig of flat-leaf parsley
  • 100ml of white wine
  • salt
To begin, prepare the clams. Place them in a bowl and cover completely in cold water. Allow to degorge for 1 hour
Meanwhile, prepare the gnocchi. Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water until tender, for approximately 20–25 minutes
Drain well, allowing to steam, then pass through a potato ricer into a mixing bowl. Allow to cool until lukewarm
Tip the potato onto a clean work surface and sprinkle over the flour. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, nutmeg and salt. Very quickly mix together until the dough just forms, then shape into a ball
Divide into 4 equal pieces, then roll each piece into a long cylinder. Cut each cylinder into 2cm pieces, then roll each piece on the prongs of a fork to provide you with the nice, classic gnocchi shape
Fill a large pan with water and bring to the boil. Prepare a bowl of iced water next to the hob
Add salt to the boiling water and cook the broccoli rabe for 2 minutes, until vibrant green and tender. Drain, plunge into the iced water to cool, then drain again thoroughly
Add a dash of oil to a frying pan and place over a medium heat. Once hot, add half of the garlic, half of the chilli and the broccoli rabe. Sauté for around 4 minutes over a medium heat to allow the flavours to infuse into the rabe. Remove from the heat and set aside
Add a dash of oil to a large saucepan and add the remaining chilli and garlic, the parsley, mussels and clams. Cook over a high heat for 2 minutes, then add the wine
Place a lid on the pan and cook over a high heat for 3–4 minutes, until the clams and mussels have opened (throw away any that haven't)
Line a sieve with a clean dishcloth, place over a bowl and tip the contents of the pan into it, reserving the cooking liquid that drips through
Cook the gnocchi in salted boiling water until they float to the top, then drain thoroughly. Transfer to a frying pan with the cooking liquid from the clams and mussels and add the broccoli rabe. Sauté for 2 minutes until everything is nice and hot, then serve with the clams and mussels
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