Easy Homemade Gnocchi

    1 hour

    This easy potato, flour and egg recipe is an Italian classic that my family has used for generations.You won't need to buy shop bought gnocchi once you start using this recipe.


    Victoria, Australia
    49 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 2 potatoes, peeled
    • 2 1/4 cups (280g) plain flour
    • 1 egg

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cook potatoes until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and mash with a fork or potato masher.
    2. Combine mashed potato, flour and egg in a large bowl. Knead until dough forms a ball. Cut dough into quarters and,working with one piece at a time, roll into a rope about 1.5cm thick. Cut lengths into 1cm pieces.
    3. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi in batches if necesary, for 3 to 5 minutes or until gnocchi float to the top, cook further 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain well and serve with your favourite sauce.

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    A great, basic gnocchi recipe. I like this served with a simple garlic butter sauce and some oregano, basil and black pepper. I might have an idea about why reviewers have disagreed on how much flour this recipe needs: It depends on how much water the potatoes absorb during cooking. If you boil them whole, they'll absorb a fair bit of water; if you boil them in chunks, they'll absorb even more. If you steam them, they'll absorb less, and if you microwave them, they'll absorb none at all. My suggestion: Start with 125g flour and add more to the potato mixture as you knead it until the dough is dry to the touch (but not so dry that it crumbles).  -  29 Sep 2008


    Something else. Okay, I've never eaten a gnocchi before in my life, but from what I understand, the potatoes should be really finely mashed (by using a ricer or similar), and I have a suggestion to anyone wishing to get finely mashed potatoes: Use a mixer! I'm using a stand mixer but I've used hand mixers in the past to make whipped potatoes (I never had mashed potatoes growing up, they were always whipped with a mixer). I cooked 6 medium-large unpeeled potatoes in the microwave in batches of 3 for 7 minutes per batch (turning halfway through), and then I let them cool slightly and peeled them (accomplished more easily with some napkins and towels, the skins just sloughed off). Put them in my mixer bowl, added 3 TBS butter, some salt, pepper, garlic and nutmeg. Let them fully cool, then I added 2 eggs and mixed them in slightly with the beaters. By hand, I mixed and kneaded in the flour. I only used about 100g, and it seemed good, so I cooked a dozen little gnocchi up. They were way too squishy, so I kneaded about another 60g or so of flour into the remaining dough. I snaked them out, cut them, and put them on a greaseproof paper-lined baking tray. I then put the sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, into a freezer bag! I cooked some frozen ones up to make sure they're great, and they were pretty good with a mushroom pasta sauce! Thanks for a fun recipe!  -  29 Sep 2008


    I have a tip for anyone who thinks the recipe takes too long - after I knead the dough, I put it in an icing bag, squeeze it straight into the boiling water, cutting it into 1-inch pieces as I squeeze. Great recipe!  -  29 Sep 2008