Mallorredus alla campidanese (saffron semolina gnocchi with tomato sausage sauce) - Sardegna
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Mallorredus all campidanese is a combination of chewy homemade durum wheat meal pasta infused with saffron and dressed with a tomato sausage sauce.
Recipe type: First Course (Primo)
Cuisine: Sardegna
Serves: 4
  • 1 onion, skin and ends removed and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, skin removed and finely chopped
  • 30 mls extra-virgin olive oil
  • 250 grams sausage (preferably fennel flavoured) or minced pork (add 3 grams ground fennel seed)
  • 240 mls red wine
  • 400 gms tomatoes, skin and seeds removed and coarsely chopped or tomato passata
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 450 grams mallorredus(can substitute store bought, sometimes called sardinian gnocchi)
  • 50 grams pecorino cheese, finely grated
  1. Add the olive oil, onion and garlic to a large sauce pan and fry over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage meat and fry until coloured, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the wine and allow the wine to evaporate (15 minutes).
  4. Add the tomatoes and salt to taste.
  5. Cover and let cook for 20 minutes. Add a pinch of saffron and stir to combine.
  6. Bring to boil a large pot of salted water (5 litres of water and 50 grams of salt). Add the gnocchi.
  7. Boil the gnocchi until they float (6 to 8 minutes) and remove with a slotted spoon to the serving bowls.
  8. Toss the pasta with the sauce.
  9. Serve topped with grated pecorino cheese.
Recipe by Living a Life in Colour at