One of a kind Sardinian Pasta - Gnocchetti - Sardi with Piquant Ragu Sauce #yum#yum
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Sardinian Gnocchetti - Malloreddus with Aged Salt Cured Sausage

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4


  • 12 oz gnocchetti sardi malloreddus
  • 6 oz sausage preferably aged or ground meat (pork, beef or mix)
  • 12 oz canned tomatoes diced
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 pinch of chili flakes
  • Handful of myrtle leaves if not available substitute with 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pecorino Cheese grated
  • Salt to taste


  • Place a large skillet pan over medium heat, add olive oil and finely chopped shallot. Saute for a minutes or two, add diced sausage or ground meat. Cook for another 2 minutes until sausage fat starts to melt. If you’re using ground meat make sure to break it down into small bits as it cooks.
  • Add canned tomatoes, lower the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes. Add myrtle leaves or a bay leaf and continue to cook until the sauce thickens. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
  • While the sauce is cooking bring pasta to boil. Pasta meaning gnocchetti sardi, of course :) Cook according to the direction on the package, until al dente.
  • Drain pasta, leaving ½ cup of cooking liquid.
  • Toss and turn gnocchetti in the pan with the sauce. Add a bit of cooking liquid if pasta feels too dry.
  • Turn off the heat sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan or Pecordino cheese. Serve immediately adding some more Pecorino cheese to individual servings.