Basic Gnocchi

by , Updated April 6, 2017
basic potato gnocchi
Diana Rattray

This easy gnocchi is a made with a combination of hot riced potatoes, an egg, salt, and flour. Even if you don't have a special gnocchi board, the gnocchi is easily shaped. Just gently roll each piece over the back of a fork. Gnocchi cooks in about 2 minutes, and they can be frozen and cooked later.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes



  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Scrub the potatoes and pierce in several places with a fork. Place the potatoes on the oven rack and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, flour a pastry mat or board or the countertop.
  4. Beat the egg in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. Lightly flour a baking sheet.
  6. As soon as the potatoes are cool enough to handle but still hot, peel them and put them through a potato ricer (or food mill). Measure 2 cups of potatoes and spread them out on the floured surface. Let them cool just slightly. If too hot, they could cook the egg; they should be quite warm.
  7. Scoop the warm potatoes into a mound and drizzle the beaten egg over them. Sprinkle the potatoes with 1 cup of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. With a pastry scraper or your hands, mix the dough, folding it over until you have a soft but slightly rough dough is formed. If the dough is sticking, add a bit more flour, but don't overwork the dough.
  8. Divide the dough into about six portions.
  9. Roll each portion to form a rope about 1/2-inch in thickness.
  10. With a sharp knife, cut the rope into 3/4-inch lengths. Gently roll each piece of dough over a gnocchi board or over the back of a fork to make the classic gnocchi ridges. If you don't get perfect ridges at first, they will get better with a little practice.
  11. Arrange the shaped gnocchi in a single layer on the lightly floured baking sheet while you work on the remaining dough.
  12. If you are cooking the gnocchi immediately, have a large saucepan of salted water boiling. Add about 2 dozen gnocchi and cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes after they float to the top.
  13. To freeze, put the baking sheet with gnocchi in the freezer for a few hours, or until they are solid. Transfer the frozen gnocchi to a freezer bag; seal, label with the name and date, and store in the freezer.
  14. Cook the frozen gnocchi in boiling salted water as above.

Serves 6


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