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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Wash the potatoes well and poke holes all over them. Season them generously with salt and bake for approximately 1 ½ hours, until very soft. Split them down the middle and open them slightly. Leave them in the oven with the door ajar for an additional 10 minutes to dry them out. Once you take them out of the oven, you must work quickly.
Scoop out the cooked potato and put through the food mill/potato ricer one time (be sure not to overload at any given time or it will work the potato too much, just do 1 potato at a time). Add the egg, flour, cornstarch, and a big pinch of salt. While still very warm, work all of the ingredients together into a homogenous dough. Be sure to stop the moment the dough comes together, as working the dough too much will develop the gluten and make the gnocchi very dense and heavy.
Cut the dough into pieces the size of your fist and roll them out to even ½-inch thick cylinders. Once they’re all rolled, line them up, generously flour them, and cut into ¾-inch lengths. Once they are all cut, the last move is to roll them over a fork to give them their characteristic shape. Place the piece of gnocchi, 1 at a time, on the back of a fork. With your thumb, press down gently to create a dimple in the gnocchi and ridges on the opposite side. Then roll the gnocchi over itself and down the fork.
At this point the gnocchi can be used right away or frozen. These gnocchi would go wonderfully with your favorite pasta sauce. At the restaurant, we toss them with a black truffle, Alfredo sauce, and Parmesan cheese and brown them under a broiler until golden brown.
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It&aposs soooo rich and soooo worth it.
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Get your frico-on! Top this Brussel sprouts pesto with frico—which is just a fancy word for Parm crisps.
Crispy Gnocchi with Mushroom & Arugula
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Yield: 6 servings
prep time: 1 hour
cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes
total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Super light, pillow-y and fluffy, AND SO EASY to make with just 5 ingredients! You won’t be able to go back to store-bought gnocchi.
- 2 medium russet potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 large egg
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pierce potatoes with a fork place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool completely.
- Cut in half scoop flesh into a medium bowl and mash. Transfer 1 1/2 cups to a large bowl stir in flour, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 18-inch long rope, about 1-inch in diameter, sprinkling with additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Using a sharp knife, cut each rope into 3/4-inch bite-size pieces transfer to baking sheet.*
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil working in 3 batches, cook gnocchi until tender, stirring occasionally, about 4-6 minutes. Drain well and transfer to clean rimmed baking sheet.
*To freeze, place uncooked gnocchi in a single layer on a heavily floured parchment-lined baking sheet, letting them air dry at room temperature for at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours. Transfer baking sheet to the freezer until solid, about 1 hour. Transfer to freezer bags.
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Crispy Gnocchi Pasta with Tomatoes & Leeks
These gnocchi are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside because you sauté them in hot oil. Plus, they leave a little fond (crispy brown bits) in the pan that adds toasty flavor to the tomato and leek sauce, which is cooked in the same pan. Since this easy gnocchi recipe calls for store-bought shelf-stable gnocchi, it's quick to prepare--just 20 minutes, start to finish. Opt for whole-wheat gnocchi to get 2 extra grams of fiber per serving compared to white. This easy and healthy dinner is easy to customize too: see Tips for variations with shrimp, pesto instead of butter, and pork chops instead of gnocchi. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2019
The sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil scream summer (even if it's the middle of winter). A delicious vegetarian main course or side dish.
This gnocchi recipe doesn't have any cream, but it does have a garlicky tomato sauce with plenty of delicious, melty parmesan and mozzarella. So good.
The recipe that started it all, and it remains one of my most popular recipes. Vegetarian and meat-eaters alike just love it. Great as a main course or side. One lovely reader said: "Awesome recipe! Even my fussiest family members loved it. My husband said it was a 10 out of 10. Thanks. "
Easy gnocchi recipes
The unique texture of gnocchi works really well with creamy, cheesy sauces and as a great base for vegetarian dishes – try spinach and ricotta, squash and amaretti or sweet potato gnudi with crispy sage
Published: March 23, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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Garlic butter gnocchi
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Tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi
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A clever way to transform shop-bought gnocchi. A simple, homemade tomato sauce is the base for this cheesy, kale-packed midweek dinner, topped with nutty parmesan.
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This combo of lemony ricotta, fresh broad beans, parma ham, sage and crisp golden fried gnocchi is an absolute winner.
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Creamy gnocchi with bacon and peas
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Homemade gnocchi recipe
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If you’ve never tried gnudi before, this is a brilliant introduction. Soft, pillowy dumplings combine spinach with creamy ricotta to make a luxurious lunch or dinner party starter.
Baked gnocchi with broccoli, blue cheese and walnuts
Our recipe for baked gnocchi with broccoli, blue cheese and walnuts is really easy and ready in under an hour – perfect for a midweek meal. Blue cheese is lovely in this, but you can adapt it to suit cheeseboard leftovers if you like. More veggie bakes here.
Pesto gnocchi with peas and spinach
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Spinach and ricotta gnocchi
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Sweet potato gnudi recipe with lemony cavolo nero, crispy sage and parmesan
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Gnocchi with bacon and peas
This quick creamy gnocchi recipe with pancetta and peas is ready in just 20 minutes. A great, filling midweek meal.
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This recipe with baked crab and lemon feels indulgent but is really quick and easy to make. Try our crab gnocchi with easy gnocchi sauce recipe. Plenty more crab recipes here.
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Gnocchi alla romana
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Goat's cheese gnocchi
This recipe for creamy gnocchi with a caper salad is easy to make and ready in just 15 minutes, perfect for a simple gnocchi recipe, midweek.
Italian gnocchi recipe with tomato, spinach and mascarpone
Using a few smart cheats, this cheesy Italian gnocchi bake is really easy to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Guaranteed to be a family favourite. Check out more of our best Italian recipes here.
Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi
Yield: 4-6 servings
prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 40 minutes
total time: 1 hour
Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.
- 1 (16-ounce) package cauliflower potato gnocchi
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1 medium shallot, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup dry white wine*
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, about 2 ounces
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to package instructions drain well.
- Season chicken with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side set aside.
- Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Add shallot, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
- Gradually whisk in chicken broth and wine, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in half and half until thickened, about 1-2 minutes season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in gnocchi and kale until the kale has wilted, about 1-2 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet sprinke with Parmesan.
- Place into oven and bake until bubbly, about 10-12 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
*Additional chicken broth can be used for white wine as a non-alcoholic substitute.
- 2 pounds Idaho or russet potatoes
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Coarse salt
- Pinch of freshly ground white pepper
- Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Place potatoes in a large stockpot. Add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a skewer, about 40 minutes. Drain. When cool enough to handle, peel and mash potatoes using a potato ricer. Set aside on a baking sheet until completely cooled.
On a cool, preferably marble, work surface, gather potatoes into a mound, forming a well in the center. In a small bowl, stir together eggs, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Pour mixture into well. Using both hands, work potatoes and egg mixture together, gradually adding 2 cups of flour. Scrape dough from work surface with a knife as necessary. This process should not take more than 10 minutes. The longer the dough is worked, the more flour it will require and the heavier the dough will become.
Dust hands, dough, and work surface lightly with some of the remaining 1 cup flour. Cut dough into 6 equal portions. Using both hands, roll each piece of dough into a rope 1/2-inch thick. Continue dusting as long as dough feels sticky. Slice ropes at 1/2-inch intervals. Indent each piece with thumb, the tines of a fork, or the back of a semicircular grater to produce a ribbed effect.
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While fresh gnocchi can be made from scratch by combining boiled potatoes with all-purpose flour, you can always get store-bought gnocchi and they are pretty good.
Gnocchis are available fresh, frozen or dried at supermarkets. For my recipe, I used packaged Rana brand Skillet Gnocchi (found at the cheese section).
They are frozen and takes only a few minutest to cook. If you have fresh gnocchi at your store, buy them. I try to avoid dried gnocchi as they are not as good.
How to store potato gnocchi? Freezing Gnocchi
Potato gnocchi should not be stored in the refrigerator, otherwise they become dark (potatoes should never be stored in the refrigerator!).
In order to maintain for a long time gnocchi, you have to freeze them. Here’s how to do it: put potato gnocchi, well spaced, on floured trays (wood, plastic or cardboard). Place the trays with gnocchi into the freezer. Wait for 2/3 hours then transfer them in food plastic bags and put them back into the freezer.
Do not put freshly made still soft gnocchi in plastic bags, otherwise they will stick to each other! Cook gnocchi still frozen in boiling water (as indicated above), directly from the freezer to the pot. This way they will retain the softness and texture of freshly made potato gnocchi.