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Italian Gnocchi ... The Italian dumpling

It is something I have known my whole life, and I am very familiar with however..  I am sure the average reader isn't so familiar with this dish or term unless you are a chef or Italian. So I am not sure everyone knows... but pasta is made from flour water and an egg. Gnocchi is a dumpling pasta that is made of potato,flour, and an egg. (Some recipes do not call for an egg) The change causes a more dumpling style pasta rather than a traditional pasta. It is delicious, delicate yet filling and savory while very satisfying and is an amazing addition to your pasta night!

For those of you who know what a gnocchi already know. For those of you who don't than this is an introduction to he new concept ... welcome. I am going to show you a new way to think PASTA!   Welcome to my kitchen!


2-3 Large rustic pealed potatoes
2 cups of flour
1 egg

For 4 servings. So I usually make three times this amount for a dinner for 8. If I am going to do this I do it for a larger crowd or to impress someone new, lol


Peel and partially boil in salted water but no butter etc. 

So gently blend the potatoes (somewhat firm but cooked in center) , With a potato masher mash the cooked potatoes into a thick paste, generally thicker than mashed potatoes. . add flour and egg.  You can add a tiny bit of water but be very careful since you will be boiling these you don't want them to turn to mush at the bottom of your pot. 

First rule of thumb is don't over kneed the dough.

Roll into a snake over a floured surface cut into one inch cubes. One inch thick. See Pic below.

With a Gnocchi paddle or fork use two fingers insert into one sided and press putting texture on one side and an indention in the other to capture air. 

Set on a rack to dry 30 minutes. 

Drop all at once into pot of salted boiling water. When most of the Gnocchi start floating to top shut of heat and let stand for 1 minute, then strain in a colander, and immediately add to your sauce so that they do not dry or stick to each other. 

Next add our favorite choice of Sauce.
Red Sauce,
Butter and Garlic
Olive Oil and Parmesan
Mushroom and Garlic
The options are endless...

You choose your topping!

If you want my Italian sauce recipe I posted it in an older blog post search "sauce" for both recipe's

Enjoy and let me know how your recipe turned out! Please post pictures of your dish! 

*Tip* You can also use instant mashed potatoes but make sure to make them very thick and pasty. 


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