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Quick and Easy Gnocchi Recipe Using Mashed Potatoes

Chef Dan Catanio , On March 1, 2023

Gnocchi is an Italian Potato Dumpling. This Recipe is Quick and Easy Starting with Mashed Potatoes.

Gnocchi Recipe From Scratch Using Mashed Potatoes

This Italian gnocchi recipe uses mashed potatoes to expedite the process and make the gnocchi from scratch quicker. This is a common gnocchi recipe hack that enables you to cook fresh, delicious Italian Gnocchi in just under 10 minutes.

Homemade Fresh Gnocchi Recipe Tools Needed

  • Mixer

  • Cutting Board

  • Saucepan

  • Measuring Spoons

  • Fine Mesh Strainer

  • Spatula

Traditional Italian Fresh Gnocchi Recipe Ingredients

  • Egg – 2

  • Minced parsley, chopped basil, oregano – 1 tbsp

  • Mashed potatoes – 3 cups

  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tbsp

  • Parmesan reggiano cheese – 1/2 cup

  • Breadcrumbs – 1/2 cup

  • Potato starch or flour – 1/2 cup

Video of how to make this gnocchi recipe at home

In this video, Chef Dan shows the technique to preparing this fresh Italian gnocchi at home using mashed potatoes:

Traditional Italian Gnocchi Recipe Cooking Instructions

    Prepare your Gnocchi Mix

  1. Transfer your mashed potatoes to the mixing bowl with one egg.

  2. Begin to slowly mix in the mixer while you are pouring in the spices, olive oil, parmesan and breadcrumbs. Continue to add ingredients in the list above.

  3. Crack and add a second egg (yolk and egg white) to the mixing bowl as it is mixing.

  4. Roll your Gnocchi

  5. Take out your gnocchi dough mix and place it onto the cutting board.

    Place dough on cutting board to make gnocchi

    Place gnocchi dough in a ball on the table and cut a piece to form a dough strip.

  6. Roll the gnocchi into strips using your hands.

    Roll the gnocchi dough into strips

    Roll the gnocchi dough into fine strips with your hands until even.

  7. Cut the long and thin gnocchi dough roll into bite sized pieces.

    Roll the gnocchi dough into strips

    Cut the long gnocchi dough strip into bite-sized gnocchi.

  8. Press your fork onto the gnocchi to give it the dumpling the traditional incision

    Use your fork and press gently to create the gnocchi lines.

    Use your fork and press gently to create the lines.

  9. Boil Your Gnocchi

  10. Place your potato dumplings in boiling water or vegetable broth.

  11. The gnocchi is ready when it rises to the top and no longer sinks to the bottom of the pot.

Enjoy your Italian Gnocchi with pesto sauce or marinara sauce for a meal that will make you feel like you are eating in Southern Italy! Buon appetito!

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.