Thermomix on benchMy Thermomix is the toughest blender I’ve seen. It also chops, beats, mixes, mills, kneads, cooks, stirs, melts, steams, weighs and more. Plus and it cleans itself. With all its knobs and buttons, it appeals to my love of gadgets.

Mum bought the Thermomix as a very generous housewarming gift. (I say generous because you could buy a small car for the same price.) So far I’ve used it to make stews, soups, profiteroles, hot cross buns and custards, so it’s time to make dumplings from ‘scratch’. I’ve adapted a Thermomix-provided gnocchi recipe and tweaked a tomato sauce from their online recipe community.

Note: together these recipes take an hour to complete – a little longer than I expected. I got to taste about two bits of gnocchi before I had to dash out the door to get to class on time.

Gnocchi on red chopping board

Gnocchi

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 500 g old potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 600 g water
  • 225 g plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp butter

Method

  1. Place potatoes in Varoma dish.
  2. Place water into Thermomix bowl, place Varoma on top and cook for 25 minutes at Varoma temperature on speed 1.
  3. Remove Varoma. Run a bit of cold water over potatoes to cool. Discard water in Thermomix bowl; rinse and dry.
  4. Place potatoes in Thermomix bowl and mash for 10 seconds on speed 4.
  5. Add 150 g of flour, then salt and butter.
  6. Set dial to closed lid position and knead for 30 seconds on Interval setting.
  7. Place remaining flour and the dough on a chopping board. (Note: This is a good time to pause gnocchi making and get sauce cooking.)
  8. Work remaining flour into dough. The texture should not be too sticky.
  9. Roll a thin sausage shape and cut 2 cm long pieces of gnocchi.
  10. Press each piece of gnocchi gently with a fork to get lovely imprinted lines.
  11. Cook gnocchi immediately by placing them in boiling water, cooking until they rise to the surface.
  12. Remove gnocchi and drain with a slotted spoon.

Gnocchi and tomato sauce in purple bowl on bench

Tomato sauce

Conveniently, also serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 10 g olive oil
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 sachet tomato paste
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Place onion and garlic into Thermomix bowl – chop for 10 seconds on speed 7.
  2. Add olive oil – sauté for 2 minutes at 100°C on speed 1.
  3. Cut carrot in two then put into Thermomix bowl – chop for 25 seconds on speed 7.
  4. Sauté for 4 minutes at 100°C on speed 2.
  5. Add all other ingredients, except salt – boil for 10 minutes at Varoma temperature on speed 2.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sources for sauces (recipes adapted from…)

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