Ben Mitchell

This dish Ben shared with WDTD is a great Sunday lunch dish when you are craving something a little indulgent but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.


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Ben: I live in a converted Mosman shoe factory with my partner Diana. We love living by the beach but also spend a fair bit of time working and hanging out with friends in the city so its a great mix of intensity and relaxation. I run my own Architecture practice and Diana has a demanding job so time spent at home is precious for us. I like to cook when I have some down time. I find the process relaxing and I like to fill peoples bellies. It’s the best way to engage friends and family around the dinner table.

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  • Who: Ben Mitchell
  • Home is: Mosman
  • Family origin: The Blue Mountains
  • I can’t live without: Happiness
  • Occupation: Architect, owner of THOSE Architects
  • Dream Job: Architect
  • Currently I am obsessed with: Architecture
  • Childhood taste: Ma’s jam and cheese sandwiches
  • I will always have in my pantry: Quality sea salt
  • I learnt to cook from: My Mum
  • Currently I’m listening to: My kids chattering away on facetime
  • One day I must visit: The Galapagos Islands
  • Go to meal: Atlantic salmon with asian marinade and fresh greens
  • I am really good at: Chasing dreams
  • The unforgettable meal: Mum’s roasts
  • My piece of Sydney: Observatory Hill
  • Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
  • Who does the dishes: Whoever doesn’t do the cooking

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Pan fried gnocchi with mushroom and sage butter

Prep time: | Cook time: | Serves 4

  • 500g Fresh potato gnocchi
150g Butter
250g Swiss brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 Garlic cloves, halved
1/3 Cup fresh sage leaves
Shaved parmesan
  1. Cook the gnocchi in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until tender then drain it.
  2. Heat one-third of the butter in a frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the mushrooms and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Transfer to a separate bowl. Remove the garlic and discard. Heat the remaining butter in pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the gnocchi and sage and cook, stirring for 5-8 minutes or until the gnocchi and butter are golden and the sage is crisp.
  4. Transfer the mushrooms to the gnocchi mixture. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Divide the gnocchi mixture among serving bowls. Top with shaved parmesan.
Posted: Aug 20 2014
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