Sunday, October 18, 2015

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Oh man, gnocchi. This is probably my kids favorite meal, and certainly one of the grown ups' as well.  These tiny pillow like balls of of pasta are soft and chewy and perfect with any kind of sauce, or none at all. By far our favorite though, is what my daughter calls 'basil sauce,' or my home made pesto.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Apart from being expensive, I love making things myself. There's something immensely satisfying about creating a food from scratch with your own hands. I had always thought of gnocchi as kind of an exotic pasta (well, as exotic as pasta can be). Heck, most people I've talked to had never even heard of it! Therefor I also assumed that gnocchi was going to be complicated to make. I mean, you need a potato ricer (whatever that is...) right? Yikes. 

The answer is no. 

Gnocchi is one of the simplest things I've ever made from scratch, actually. And you don't need a stinkin' potato ricer either! (Seriously...does anything know what that actually is?) Today I'm going to show you step by step, complete with pictures, how to make this most delicious of pastas at home, using only three ingredients! 


You will need:

4 large-ish potatoes
2.5 cups of all purpose flour
2 eggs
1 tsp salt *optional*

The process: 

First, you'll need to prep and cook your potatoes. You can bake them if you'd like, but I found it much easier to boil them. Boil your potatoes until they just start getting soft. You do not want them to be falling apart! Drain your potatoes and let them sit and air dry for a few minutes.

Now you're ready to grate them. This is where most recipes call for a potato ricer (again...?). You don't need one! I used a cheese grater and it worked perfectly. Some recipes may call for mashing your potatoes, but I found this to be a bad idea, it mixes in too much air and moisture and makes for sticky, unmanageable dough. Cheese grater all the way. 

Once your potatoes are cool enough, grate them into a large bowl using your cheese grater.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Add your flour on top of the potatoes, and make a little hole in your flour/potatoes and crack your eggs into it.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

 Using your fingers, begin to mix the ingredients together by pinching them gently. 

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Continue mixing with a gentle pinching motion, your dough will get crumblier and more solid.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Keep gently mixing until your dough incorporates like shown below. It may still be fairly crumbly, but will become a recognizable dough ball.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Now it's time to knead! Take your dough ball out of the bowl, and lay it on a lightly floured surface. Knead the same way you would bread dough, for about five minutes or until it becomes smoother and more elastic.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Your dough should now be fully incorporated and hardly crumbly at all.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Take out your dough and roll or press it flat and about 1/2 inch thick. Slice it into long, thin strips.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Continue slicing until your dough is all cut into thin strips, about an inch wide.

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Set aside the rest of your cut strips of dough. One at a time you're going to lay a strip of dough on your floured surface and roll it until it's rounded (a play dough snake!). 

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Cut your 'snake' into pieces, about an inch long. These are going to be your gnocchi!

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Place them on a floured baking sheet and gently press with a fork. This last step isn't needed if you don't want, but adds a decorative and "authentic" look to your gnocchi. 

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Now you have gnocchi!

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

Look how pretty they are...

How to make pillowy, soft, home made gnocchi! A picture guide and recipe

To cook:

Place gnocchi in a pot of boiling, salted water and let boil until they float to the top, about 2-4 minutes. Remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and drain in a colander. Toss with your favorite sauce, and serve! And if you have leftovers, you can arrange them on a baking sheet so they don't touch each other and freeze them. Once they're frozen you can put them into a ziploc bag and keep them in the freezer for up to a month. 


I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Please let me know what you think, or if you have any questions at all in the comments below. Enjoy your gnocchi! 


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13 comments:

  1. YUM!!! I love gnocchi and this looks amazing.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Allison | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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  2. I've only made gnocchi once - it's definitiely a labor of love. Your step by step photos are great, and makes me want to try again. Homemade is always >>>>> storebought pasta

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  3. Thank you! I've always been intimated to make homemade gnocchi, but now I'm going to give it a try. This looks so tasty! I would be honored for you to check out our conference and affiliate program. We need talented bloggers like you! http://www.foodbloggingconference.com/become-an-affiliate/

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  4. Hi! I just saw that you linked this up to my homeschool weekly wrap up. Perhaps you may want to link it up with Try a New Recipe Tuesday? Here is the link to this week's hop:
    http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2015/10/try-new-recipe-tuesday-october-20.html

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  5. Yum, this does look easy, thanks for sharing!

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  6. These look so delicious! Thanks for the great how-to pictures!
    I'm visiting from Tickle My Tastebuds blog hop.
    Thanks
    Angie

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  7. I am really into gnocchi right now, but have never attempted to make it. Pillow like you say?? Well looks like I am going to have to give your recipe a go!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  8. I love gnocchi and these looks devine! Pinning! (And thanks for sharing at You're Gonna Love it!)

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  9. #AnythingGoes is great because of you! Thank you for continuing to support this Link Party with your talent and creativity.

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  10. I really want to make my own gnocchi! One of these days I am really going to follow through! Thanks for the picture guide.

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  11. Your homemade gnocchi look delicious! Love your step by step directions. I'm a fan of pesto like your daughter is, but I think I'd enjoy these with any sauce at all! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  12. I have never tried making my own, but do make homemade noodles. They look delicious and I can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Pinned.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. Looks very tasty - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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