These homemade potato gnocchi are, quite frankly, the best version of this Italian classic that we’ve ever had. They’re made with russet potatoes, flour, egg, and salt and are like little pillows of potato heaven. Four ingredients. Ridiculously easy. Wonderfully inexpensive.
We don’t know all there is to Italian cooking. But we do know how to make homemade potato gnocchi that are pillowy little poufs of potato-y perfection even when there’s no nonna around. We think you, too, will be swooning over these. (Did we mention there’s just 5 ingredients that you probably already have on hand?)–Renee Schettler
What Kind Of Potatoes Are Best For Gnocchi?
We made this recipe with russets and were astounded by the light, fluffy, airy quality. But we’ve heard that Yukon Golds also do a darn fine job.
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- 25 M
- 1 H
- Serves 6 to 8
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Alternatively, hold a fork at a 45° angle with the curved side facing you and the tips of the tines touching your work surface. Working with 1 length at a time, roll it down the back side of the tines, pressing gently with your thumb, to make ridges on 1 side. The gnocchi may curl slightly but that’s okay. And rest assured, it takes practice to form perfect gnocchi. Let yourself be the beginner. Even the slightly misshapen ones will still taste terrific!
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My mom always told me that traditional potato gnocchi is the one Italian recipe she wished she would have acquired from her grandmother. I thought, what better place to get an authentic gnocchi recipe than The Silver Spoon?
The idea of making my own potato gnocchi was very intimidating. Wanting the lightest gnocchi possible, I steamed the potatoes. I added the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough seemed elastic although it was still a bit sticky. My first attempts to roll the small pieces of gnocchi on the back of a fork looked a little funny. As I continued cutting and rolling, each piece began to look a little more like real gnocchi. It was at that point that I realized good gnocchi probably take some practice. Once my water was boiling, I placed my first few gnocchi in the pot. I expected them to disintegrate immediately, so imagine my delight when they rose to the surface and began to float after about 2 minutes of cooking.
I drained the first batch and found the texture to be light as a feather, and the flavor to be slightly sweet but with enough depth to handle a light savory sauce. It was a wonderful experience to make my own gnocchi. I cannot wait to make them for my mom.
I decided to try this recipe as it seemed an easy and good way to involve my toddler in the kitchen. I actually made a couple batches, one with white flour and another with whole-wheat unprocessed flour, and even though I had to add more flour with the whole-wheat one, both came out very good and tasty.