Gnocchi (pronounced NYO-kee) is a type of Italian pasta made from potatoes. The word “gnocchi” actually means “dumplings” in Italian, and there are many different ways to make them. Gnocchi can be boiled, baked, or even fried. They’re often served with a tomato-based sauce, but they can also be topped with cheese or pesto.
The history of gnocchi is somewhat unclear, but it seems that the dish originated in the region around Venice. Some people believe that the Venetians invented gnocchi as a way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, while others claim that it was originally made with semolina flour instead of potatoes. No matter where it came from, gnocchi has become a popular dish all over Italy. In fact, there are even restaurants that specialize in nothing but gnocchi!
Interested in learning how to make gnocchi from scratch? The process is actually quite simple. Scroll down for the full recipe!
Homemade potato gnocchi
Cooking time: 2 hours
Servers: 6 people
- 1kg potatoes, peeled and boiled
- 300g flour
- 3 large eggs, beaten
Put the potatoes in a pot filled with salted water. Let the pot boil 20-25 minutes until they are soft.
Once the potatoes are cooked and have cooled slightly, mash them in a bowl. Add the flour, eggs, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes and mix until everything is well combined. You may need to use your hands to really get everything mixed together. The dough should be soft but not too sticky. If it’s too sticky, add more flour a little at a time until it’s manageable.
Cut the dough into four equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll one of the parts of the dough into a long rope. Cut the rope into inch-long pieces. You can either use a fork to press down on each gnocchi or shape them with your hands. Place the gnocchi on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and repeat with the remaining dough.
To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until they rise to the surface, about three minutes. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and serve with your favourite sauce. Enjoy!