Ready for a gnocchi recipe? We’re continuing to pursue our goal of two vegetarian meals per week and this recipe for gnocchi with mushrooms and herbs offered a filling, flavorful vegetarian meal that was absolutely delicious.
What is gnocchi? My husband’s family pronounces it “knorrr-ki” and it’s an Italian “pasta” made from potatoes. To make this gnocchi recipe, I purchased premade gnocchi from, of all places, Dollar Tree, but you can also buy packaged gnocchi at the supermarket or make your own.
To make your own gnocchi, use this simple gnocchi recipe:
- Bring a big pot of salted water to boil.
- Peel two large potatoes. Add peeled potatoes to the water and cook for 15 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and allow them to cool. Mash with a hand-held potato masher.
- Add 1 egg and 2 cups of all purpose flour to the mashed potatoes.
- Knead with your hands after mixing until it forms a dough.
- Roll out “snakes” of dough on a floured breadboard.
- Cut the “snakes” into 1-inch pieces or smaller.
- Use a fork to make a little design on them.
- Drop them into another pot of boiling, salted water. When they rise to the top, they’re done, so use a strainer or a slotted spoon and take them out. Use the cooked gnocchi for the recipe below.
History of Gnocchi
Gnocchi are Italian dumplings. Potatoes only grow in colder climates, and they grow in Northern Italy. Many heartier Italian dishes like gnocchi, polenta, and risotto come from Northern Italy. The word “gnocchi” is similar to the Italian word “nocca” which means “knuckles” and the little fluffy potato dumplings do indeed look like knuckles!
They can be made from semolina flour or white flour. I use plain all purpose flour, the kind you can buy at any grocery store, and they come out great.