Simple Homemade Gnocchi

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Two ingredients create a ridiculously satisfying meal!

Our Homemade Gnocchi is a fantastic 35-minute dinner option.

You’d be surprised just how easy this Italian classic is to make at home. With only two ingredients, this simple homemade gnocchi can be whipped up quickly, even when you haven’t made it to the supermarket. You can make this recipe with any type of potatoes, top it with any sauce you want, and even add some herbs and spices if you desire! Try it tonight! It may just become a new favorite.

Our Simple Two-Ingredient Recipe

This two-ingredient recipe only requires potatoes and flour!

Dig into your pantry staples for this simple, two-ingredient homemade gnocchi recipe. Unexpectedly easy and so delicious, this recipe will feed the whole family even if you’re on a budget. It’s even vegan and dairy-free, so practically anybody can enjoy no matter what their dietary needs are. Pair it with a lean protein and delicious sauce to make this a well-rounded meal.

Try Any Type or Color of Potato

Our homemade gnocchi is so much better than store bought packaged versions!

You can make this recipe with literally any type (and color) of potato! Different types of potatoes have specific nutrients and tastes, but all of them work for this recipe! Just keep in mind different potatoes work with different flavors, so try to pair your sauce accordingly! We’ve given you some ideas below:

Yellow Potatoes

Gold potatoes, sometimes called Yukon Gold potatoes, are high in lutein which is an antioxidant that supports eye health. They also contain high amounts of potassium and vitamin C. Yellow potatoes have a sweet flavor and waxy texture, which pairs really well with sage aromas and creamy cheese sauces.

White Potatoes

White potatoes have been shown to have many benefits including improving digestive health, blood sugar control, and even offering tons of essential vitamins and minerals. Gnocchi made with white potatoes will pair best with classic red sauces as well as pesto. Try our Oil-Free Pesto to top this dish!

Sweet Potatoes

Delicious and nutritious, sweet potatoes are packed with essential nutrients like fiber and vitamin A. Fiber supports healthy blood sugar levels and digestion, while vitamin A benefits your eye health. For this variety of potatoes, the flavor is in the name. Try a rich brown butter sauce for gnocchi made with sweet potatoes to pair with its sweet flavor.

Purple Potatoes

Just by looking at these potatoes, it’s clear from the purple color that these tubers are bursting with amazing nutrients. The antioxidants in purple potatoes have been shown to help with lowering cholesterol, improve your eye health, and even lower your risk for chronic diseases. Purple potatoes are surprisingly average in flavor and are usually compared to your everyday potato. However, for appearance sake, try this homemade gnocchi with a simple garlic and olive oil sauce.

Try Our Homemade Gnocchi

These cute little gnocci noodles will be devoured by the whole family!

First, boil your potatoes by placing them in a pot and covering them with cold water. Salt the water, then bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook them for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the pot and let them cool. Then, remove the skins and mash the potatoes with a potato masher.

Once ready, clean a flat surface and lay the mash into a thin layer, then top with flour. Use your hands to combine the potato mash and flour to form a ball of dough. Make sure not to over-knead the mixture. Divide the ball into four sections, then roll one section into a long log-shaped piece. Then, cut the log into 1” pieces, then use a fork to make shallow grooves into your gnocchi pieces. Repeat this with the rest of the dough.

Once your gnocchi is ready, boil a large pot of water with salt. Add your gnocchi and cook for 4-5 minutes or until they float. Carefully remove them with a slotted spoon and serve with your desired sauce and additions.

What potatoes did you choose? How about sauce? Did you add anything else? We want to hear about it! Let us know in the comment section below!

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Simple Homemade Gnocchi

Our simple two-ingredient gnocchi recipe is made with pantry staples no matter what potatoes you have on hand!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 0.75 cup
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potatoes any kind or color!
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 15 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Remove from heat, drain, and let cool.
  • Peel the potatoes and mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  • On a clean, flat surface, spread potato mash into a thin layer.
  • Top with flour and salt, use hands to combine into a ball of dough. Do not overknead.
  • Divide the ball of dough into 4 sections.
  • Cut the log into 1” pieces, then use a fork to make shallow grooves into your gnocchi pieces. Repeat this with the rest of the dough.
  • Boil a large pot of water with salt. Add gnocchi and cook for 4-5 minutes or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve with your desired sauce.

Notes

Optional:
  • 1 small egg, whipped
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon herb of choice
Combine any or all of the above when mixing the potatoes, flour, and salt. Proceed with the instructions. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
Keywords dairy-free, Plant-Based, Vegan

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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2 Comments

  1. Tried this tonight. It fell apart a bit when I boiled the gnocchi, which made the final product a little watery. Should I have added more flour? or refrigerated or frozen them before boiling? It was still ok, but not as good as I wanted it to be. Thoughts? I’d like to try again!

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