A great dish for the family for only 48p per portion. This budget main dish has cheesy potato dumplings and tasty carrot sauce. Serve with vegetables for a complete meal
Prep time: 55 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hr 25 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
- 500g (1lb) potatoes, unpeeled (2-3 med-sized maincrop potatoes)
- 250g (8oz) plain flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
- 1 large egg
- 90g (3oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
For the sauce:
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- 500g (1lb) carrots, peeled and finely chopped
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 450ml (¾ pint) vegetable stock
- 1 large flameproof dish or 4 individual dishes
- Put the potatoes into a large pan of salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins, or until just tender.
- Drain and cool the potatoes, for 5 mins, then peel away the skin. Put the potatoes into a ricer a few at a time and squeeze to extract the finely mashed potato strands into a large bowl. (Alternatively, use a potato masher.) Add the flour, salt and pepper, nutmeg, egg and 60g (2oz) of the cheese. Mix all the ingredients together well to form a dough. Knead until smooth.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a sausage shape about 30cm (12in) long and 1cm (½in) thick, then cut each sausage into 2cm (¾in) lengths. Take each piece and dust it with a little flour, then use your thumb to press it against a coarse grater, rolling it briefly to make a textured curl. Put the dumplings in a single layer on a tray. Leave in a cool place to dry out a little, while you make the sauce.
- To make the sauce: Heat the oil, add the onion and fry for 5 mins. Add the garlic, carrots and seasoning. Add the stock and simmer, covered, for 30 mins, stirring occasionally, until it reduces to a thick sauce.
- Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the dumplings and bring back to the boil. When they have risen to the surface, cook them for 3 mins, then drain and tip them into the sauce. Spoon into the dish or dishes, sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and grill for a few mins until golden.
To freeze: Spread the dumplings (also called gnocchi) out on trays covered with baking parchment, open-freeze until solid, then transfer to freezer bags to store. Cook from frozen, boiling for 5 mins, once they have risen to the surface of the boiling water.
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.