Sunday, September 30, 2012


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This recipe is listed on Domestic Randomness

Gnocchi are Italian potato dumplings.  They look like little pasta shapes but are a little denser than pasta.  My family is from southern Italy - Sicily to be exact.  My Nonna didn't cook gnocchi very often.

The first time I had gnocchi was at a Thanksgiving feast at my 1st Grandmother In Law's house.  She was a feisty little Italian lady (aren't we all!).  Her name was Angie Marz (nee Ventimiglia) - she was my son's Great Grandmother.

Angie Marz holding my little Jonah Bologna - 1999 

Here are the ingredients to make gnocchi:

2 large russet potatoes
1-1 1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

To begin with, bake your potatoes in the oven at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until soft.  Let them cool and then scoop out the potato.  Be sure not to include the skin in the potato pulp.  Take a fork and mash the potato - get rid of the chunks.  If you have a potato ricer, that would be a perfect tool to use.

When the potato is mashed, add the flour, egg, salt and olive oil. 

Knead the ingredients until it forms a dough.

Take a small chunk of the dough and roll it out, like a long snake.  Cut the dough into 1/2 inch pieces and place on a floured surface.

Cook the gnocchi in salted, boiling water.  When the dumplings float to the top (about 2 minutes), they are ready.  Drain the gnocchi and put your favorite sauce on them:  meat sauce, marinara, pesto, etc.

I put fresh pesto on the gnocchi.  It was FABULOUS!

Mangia!  This recipe is listed on Foodie Friends Friday!


  1. I love gnocchi! But I've only ever had it at a restaurant. Pesto on gnocchi would be great!

  2. I am so glad you shared this recipe. I love gnocchi, but have never made them. I will give it a try now.

    Cynthia at

  3. By the way,k I forgot to tell you that I am now a new follower! I look forward to reading more of your recipes and stories about your family.

  4. Your recipe looks delicious and the step by step instructions are great! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!


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