Let’s Talk Gnocchi

Today I don’t  want to talk about a recipe as much as just an idea that you can use.

What do you think about gnocchi? Have you ever tried them? Have you ever made them? They can be a little intimidating. Do not fear, for today’s discussion you can make them or buy them, I have done both and am happy with the results of both.

For those of you that are not sure about them, they are potato pasta. They are very heavy and filling.  They are, oh so good.

Gnocchi are easy to make and there are so very few ingredients to them. All you need are some potatoes, flour, egg, and your basic salt and pepper and you will be good to go. You will need a potato ricer to get the potatoes to a desired consistency.   They are fun to make and would be a fun family time together if you wanted to include everyone in dinner (a great weekend project).

If I am in a hurry (which is most of the time) I just buy them. There are some really good ones out there and they work really well in making a quick dinner. They are easy and delicious to put together.

You have two options when it comes to preparing the gnocchi, boil them or sauté them up in a saute pan.

I really don’t need to explain boiling them, I think you all can figure that one out.

But if you wanted to do something different and sauté them, you would just throw them in a pan with some olive oil and fry them up. Let them get a bit brown and crust, this gives them a little crunch and just changes up the texture a bit.


Now let’s talk about what you might want to complete your gnocchi with.  Your possibilities are endless. Maybe some of that Bolognese Sauce you made the other night, or a nice Alfredo Sauce.

How about some spinach and tomatoes? They would be great if you throw them in a pan quick and sauté them up with some butter/oil then put them over the gnocchi.  End with some grated cheese on top and you will be all set.

Gnocchi is pasta that is so filling you can serve them up with something on top and then a salad.  Don’t worry about the meat tonight.  Add some good protein to your salad.  If you already have a meat planned and just want a side dish, these will be perfect for that as well.

So how about some gnocchi for dinner tonight?