Homemade Potato Gnocchi


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images

Every type of cuisine has its version of dumplings. Italians have gnocchi, a delicate pillow of potato, egg, butter, flour and salt. These lovely little bites soak up the sauce they're paired with and are a heartier alternative to regular pasta. In the article Homemade Potato Gnocchi Recipe, Spend with Pennies shares how to make gnocchi at home.


  • 18 ounces potatoes, cooked and riced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour, plus 1/4 cup if needed
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Combine potatoes, butter and egg in a bowl. Slowly mix in flour and knead until a dough forms.
  2. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Dust counter with flour and roll out a 1/2" to 3/4" thick rope of dough. Cut into 1/2" slices.
  4. Gently roll pieces on a gnocchi board or the back of a fork to create ridges.
  5. Cook gnocchi in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes, or until they start to float.
  6. Remove from water and toss into ice bath for 1 minute.
  7. Toss gnocchi with oil and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • A gnocchi board is a useful tool for creating the ridges on the dumplings, but it's not necessary. A fork works just fine.
  • Boil the potatoes and drain them well. Baked potatoes work well too. Leftover mashed potatoes aren't recommended because they contain other ingredients that can alter the dough's consistency.
  • Mash the potatoes well either by hand or using a potato ricer.

How to Serve Gnocchi

Gnocchi can be served pretty much any way you'd eat pasta. A meat sauce, fresh herbs and Parmesan or pesto. Check out these delicious gnocchi recipes for inspiration:

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