May 01, 2020At Home

Richo’s Isolation Gnocchi Competition

Adrian originally created this quick and easy homemade pasta recipe as part of a demonstration at the Sydney Easter Show, but with COVID-19 preventing that from taking place, we wanted to make sure you got a taste!

It’s cooling down outside and after weeks in isolation, this ricotta gnocchi is warming, hearty recipe perfect for cuddling up in front of the gas fireplace and spending quality time with the people you love.

It might be the ultimate recipe for a night in isolation… unless you can do better? Post a picture of your best isolation meal, cooked with gas, on our Facebook video and you could win a copy of Adrian’s incredible book ‘Meat’!

Full terms and conditions below the recipe.

Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi with Asparagus, Buttered Peas, Mint and Parmesan Cheese

Serves 4

Ingredients – Gnocchi

  • 500g Fresh ricotta (cold)
  • 150g Plain flour, sifted
  • 150g Fresh parmesan, grated
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Ground white pepper
  • 1 bunch Preferred herbs, roughly chopped (Chef’s Suggestion: This isn’t essential for the recipe, but I like to mix it up with dill or chives)
  • 2 cups Flour (for dusting)

Ingredients – Gnocchi Toppings

  • 250g Butter
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup Fresh peas
  • 1 bunch Thin asparagus, sliced
  • 1 cup Baby zucchini, diced (Chef’s Suggestion: Even better if you have zucchini flowers)
  • 1 cup Broad beans, outer skin peeled
  • 1 bunch Preferred herbs, roughly chopped (Chef’s Suggestion: I’ve used flat leaf parsley in this video however mint or basil leaves will also go nicely)
  • 250g Parmesan cheese, grated (for serving) (Chef’s Suggestion: Pecorino cheese is another great replacement)

Method – Gnocchi

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil whilst preparing your ingredients
  2. Mash the ricotta with a fork
  3. Add the egg, flour, parmesan and herbs
  4. Using a fork and then your hands, mix together until dough form (Chef’s Suggestion: The mixture will be very soft, so be very gentle)
  5. On a flour dusted bunch, gently roll the dough into logs the diameter of a 10-cent piece
  6. Cut logs into 2cm knobs and pull apart (Chef’s Suggestion: If your gnocchi are sticking together after being cut, pull them apart, dust them with a little more flour and pull apart again)
  7. Slowly and gently place the gnocchi in your boiling water with your hands
  8. Stir gnocchi gently with a wooden spoon
  9. Let gnocchi cook in boiling water – they will be cooked once they start to float to the surface (approximately 1-2 minutes)

Method – Gnocchi Toppings

  1. Whilst your gnocchi is being prepared, heat the butter and oil in a deep frypan on a low heat
  2. Add the garlic and onion and slowly sauté in the butter and olive oil
  3. Once the garlic and onion are cooked, add the peas, asparagus, zucchini and broad beans to your fry pan and cook on a low to medium heat
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking, add the freshly cooked gnocchi and chopped herbs on top, season with salt and pepper and toss together





  1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the Terms and Conditions. By entering into this competition, the entrant guarantees that all of the entry requirements have been met and he/she accepts these Terms and Conditions.
  2. The Brighter Adrian Richardson cooking competition is run and provided by Brighter (‘the Promoter’), an initiative of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (‘APPEA’) (44 000 292 713), (Level 10, 60 Marcus Clarke Street Canberra ACT 2601)
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  1. Subject to clause 6, entry is open to all residents of Australia, with an Australian mailing address.
  2. Parties excluded from entry include: employees and immediate family members of employees of APPEA.
  3. Only one entry per person (email address) can be made. Only correct and complete entries will be entered into the draw to win.
  4. All entrants under the age of 18 must obtain the prior permission of their legal parent or guardian over the age of 18 to enter. The parent or guardian may be called to verify consent and may be required to sign a release at the discretion of the Promoter. The release will also require the winner’s parent or guardian to accept responsibility for the acts and forbearances of the winner. The release must include the full name, address and telephone number of the winner’s legal guardian. Failure to provide such proof, particulars or releases will immediately invalidate the winner’s entitlement to the prize, subject to State and Territory legislation.

How to Enter

  1. Enter by completing the game of skill, posting an image and caption of the pasta made at home in the Brighter Facebook comments section of the Adrian Richardson gnocchi video, and providing requisite details.
  2. Only those entries which meet the criteria of the game of skill will be considered valid for entry.

When to Enter

  1. The competition commences on 1 May 2020 at 17:00 AEDT and closes on 20 May 2020 at 23:59 AEDT. The winner will be selected based on the perceived excellence of their pasta dish (as posted in the Facebook comments). The winner will be decided at the absolute discretion of the judges. The Promoter may select additional entries to be used as replacements in the event that the first entrant chosen as a winner cannot satisfy these Terms and Conditions or take a prize.
  2. Winners will be notified directly by email. Winners must then email that address to provide details for prize fulfilment.
  3. Total prize value is $50.00, as at 29 April 2020. One (1) winner will receive a one (1) hardback copy of the book ‘Meat’ by Adrian Richardson.
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