I'm all for cooking from scratch when it makes sense - and cost-wise it tends to work out that way most of the time. Though gnocchi is a bit too time-consuming it doesn't take very long to whip up a simple and delicious tomato sauce - but sometimes not very long is still too long!
Once the water is boiling (which I do in the jug, then pour into the saucepan as the jug is quicker and more energy efficient) the gnocchi takes less than a minute to cook. When it floats to the top you know it's ready.
We drained it, threw the sauce and the basil leaves in and gave it a bit of a stir - and once it was heated through we were good to go. Pop the top of the cider, pour into glasses, spoon dinner into bowls, sprinkle with a bit of parmesan - and there we have it! A great meal, cheaper and healthier than a takeaway in less time - without sacrificing our time outdoors. ;-)
What do you do for dinner in summer when the day's activities take precedence over food prep?