Our Best Gnocchi Recipes

Move over, spaghetti and meatballs. There’s a new Italian dish in town, and it’s called gnocchi. Gnocchi is a type of dumpling usually made from potatoes (russet potatoes are perfect), flour, and eggs. It’s a popular dish in Italy, and it’s quickly becoming a favorite in the United States as well. If you’re looking for delicious and easy-to-make gnocchi recipes, look no further. In this blog post, we’ll share ten recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Gnocchi is a type of Italian dumpling that is traditionally made from potato, flour, and egg. There are many different ways to make gnocchi, but the most common method is to boil the potatoes, mash them, and then mix in the flour and eggs (leftover mashed potatoes work great too). The dough is then rolled into logs, cut into pieces, and boiled. Gnocchi can be served with any number of sauces or toppings, but they are typically served with a tomato sauce or a cream sauce.

You can also use fresh or frozen store-bought gnocchi, which, depending on the brand, can taste just as good when used to make these great recipes!

1. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

There’s nothing like homemade potato gnocchi, and this Gnocchi alla Sorrentina recipe is the perfect way to show off your skills. This dish is traditionally made with potato gnocchi, but you can use any type of gnocchi you like. The key is to get the sauce right, and this recipe delivers on that front. The sauce is a simple tomato sauce with some onion and garlic for flavor. But what really makes it special is the addition of mozzarella cheese. The cheese melts into the sauce and creates a rich and creamy texture that takes this dish over the top. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top, and you’ve got a meal that will impress any guest.

2. Gnudi with Sage Butter

Gnudi is a type of Italian dumpling that is traditionally made with ricotta cheese and semolina flour. They are similar to gnocchi but do not contain any potatoes.

Gnudi can be served as a main course or as a side dish. When served as a main course, they are typically topped with a tomato or meat sauce. When served as a side dish, they are often simply boiled and then tossed in butter and Parmesan cheese.

If you’re looking for a delicious and unique way to impress your guests, look no further than gnudi! We love this brown butter sage sauce recipe.

3. Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana is a type of dumpling made with semolina flour, water, and butter. They are usually boiled in salted water and then baked with cheese and tomato sauce.

The semolina flour is what gives the gnocchi its characteristic chewy texture. To make the dough, you simply mix together the semolina flour, water, and butter until it forms a soft dough. Then, you shape it into little balls and drop them into boiling salted water. Once the gnocchi is cooked (they will float to the surface when they are done), you remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and add them to a baking dish. 

You then top them with your favorite cheese and tomato sauce and bake them in the oven until the cheese is melted. Gnocchi alla Romana is a delicious and easy way to enjoy Italian food at home. Give them a try next time you’re in the mood for something comforting and satisfying!

4. Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cauliflower gnocchi is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional potato gnocchi. It is made with cauliflower instead of potatoes and is gluten-free, grain-free, and low in carbs. Cauliflower gnocchi is just as easy to make as traditional potato gnocchi. 

Simply roast or steam a head of cauliflower, then mash it or blend it in a food processor until smooth. Mix in some eggs, gluten-free flour, salt, and pepper. Then form the mixture into small balls and cook them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

Once they are cooked, you can enjoy them plain or toss them with your favorite sauce or vegetables. They make a great addition to any meal and are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

5. Caprese Gnocchi

This caprese gnocchi dish is a fun twist on the classic Caprese salad. It features gnocchi instead of the usual tomatoes and mozzarella. The gnocchi is cooked in a simple tomato sauce and then topped with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. Give everything a good stir, and then serve. This dish is best enjoyed while still warm, so be sure to dig in right away! This dish is perfect for a summertime meal or even as an appetizer.

6. Cheeseburger Gnocchi

This dish is a fun twist on traditional gnocchi, and it’s sure to be a hit with everyone in the family. The gnocchi is made from scratch using boiled potatoes that have been turned into mashed potato, ricotta cheese, and egg, and then they’re pan-fried until golden brown. The cheeseburger filling is a combination of seasoned beef, onion, ketchup, mustard, and pickles, and it’s all topped off with a creamy sauce made from sour cream, mayonnaise, and more ketchup.

There’s nothing quite like a hearty, comforting bowl of gnocchi. And when you add in a cheesy, flavorful cheeseburger twist, it’s even better! This Cheeseburger Gnocchi is sure to become a new family favorite. The result is a delicious, creamy cheeseburger-style gnocchi that will have everyone coming back for more. Serve it with a side of green beans or a salad for a complete meal.

7. Bacon Mozzarella Baked Gnocchi

While the traditional method of making gnocchi involves boiling and then shaping them into small balls, baking them is a much simpler way to enjoy this delicious dish. Baked gnocchi is a great option if you’re looking for a dish that’s a little lighter on the stomach. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be served as a main course or side dish.

The bacon and mozzarella in this gnocchi recipe make it the ultimate comfort food and perfect for cold nights when you are looking to warm yourself up. Whether you are using frozen gnocchi, store-bought gnocchi, or making your own gnocchi, you’re sure to be in for a treat.

8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet potato gnocchi is a delicious, fall-inspired twist on the classic Italian dish. They’re made with just a few simple ingredients – sweet potatoes, flour, eggs, and salt – and come together in just minutes. These little dumplings are light and fluffy and make the perfect addition to any fall meal. Serve them with your favorite sauce, or simply toss them in some butter and Parmesan cheese. Either way, you’re sure to love this easy and tasty dish!

Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, so this gnocchi is not only delicious but also nutritious. We love to pair this sweet potato gnocchi recipe with spicy tomatoes made from fresh cherry tomatoes.

9. Cinnamon Dessert Gnocchi

Cinnamon dessert gnocchi is a quick and easy recipe that makes a delicious, indulgent treat. These little potato dumplings are coated in sweet cinnamon sugar, then fried until golden brown. Serve them with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.

Dessert gnocchi is not as common as their savory counterparts, but they are just as delicious. And because they’re so versatile, you can customize them to suit your taste. You can also think about serving them with a simple dusting of confectioners’ sugar or go all out with a decadent chocolate sauce or fruit compote.

10. Gnocchi Parisienne

Gnocchi Parisienne is a type of gnocchi that originates from France. It is made with choux pastry and has a light, fluffy texture. Gnocchi Parisienne is typically served with a sauce or gravy and can be garnished with cheese, herbs, or other ingredients.

The key to making the perfect Parisian gnocchi is in the dough. It has to be light and airy yet firm enough to hold its shape. Once you’ve got the dough right, the rest is easy. Just roll it into little balls and drop them into boiling water. In just a few minutes, they’ll be cooked through and ready to eat after being browned in a skillet with butter.

Gnocchi Parisienne was invented in the early 1800s by French chef Marie-Antoine Carême. The earliest known recipe for gnocchi Parisienne appeared in 1817 in Carême’s cookbook, Le cuisinier parisien

In the book, Carême writes that the dish was created for and named after Napoleon’s wife, Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais. The recipe calls for flour, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter to be combined and kneaded into a dough. Gnocchi Parisienne became a popular dish in France and Italy during the 19th century. It was often served as a first course or entrée at formal dinners and banquets. Today, it is still considered a luxurious dish and can be found on the menus of high-end restaurants.

11. Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Perhaps one of the most famous gnocchi recipes in all of America – the much-loved Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup. This recipe breaks it down and gives you the inside scoop on how you can make a yummy equivalent in the comfort of your own home.

As long as you don’t add too much flour, this is one of the gnocchi recipes you will keep on coming back to. Homemade potato gnocchi always beats Olive Garden in our eyes! It’s also still relatively uncommon in America when compared to pasta and pizza, so whoever you serve gnocchi to is usually very appreciative (as long as they are adventurous!).

Cooking gnocchi is not known for being very difficult, but this recipe makes it even easier by allowing all the cooking to take place in the same pot. Perfect dinner for a weekday or a dinner party all the same.

12. Pumpkin Sage Gnocchi

This pumpkin and sage-baked gnocchi is quite substantial and full of autumnal flavors. Nothing gets us in the mood for Halloween like making delicious pumpkin recipes, and we seem to come back to this one over and over.

If you like sage, you will fall in love with this recipe, and we cannot recommend it enough! We always make sure to make our mashed potatoes super fine by passing them through a potato ricer, which leaves us with exactly the result we’re looking for. After you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to Olive Garden! That we can guarantee.

Final Word

If you’re in the mood for some delicious comfort food, we hope you’ll try out one or all of these gnocchi recipes. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something a little more adventurous, we’ve got a recipe for you. We would encourage you to first try a more traditional potato gnocchi recipe before moving on to the more adventurous variations, as it gives you a good idea of how the original and most popular version is supposed to taste. Then you can really start exploring.

So get cooking and enjoy some delicious gnocchi!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best sauce options for gnocchi?

There are numerous sauce options to pair with gnocchi. Some popular choices include a classic marinara, a rich and creamy Alfredo, or a simple garlic and oil (aglio e olio) sauce. Pesto and brown butter with sage are also delightful options that bring out the flavors of the gnocchi.

How do I make creamy gnocchi?

To make a creamy gnocchi dish, you can start by making a roux with butter and flour, then slowly whisk in cream or milk until a smooth and thick sauce forms. Add grated cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Combine your cooked gnocchi with the sauce, and toss until the gnocchi are fully coated.

Are there any good baked gnocchi recipes?

Yes, baked gnocchi dishes are delicious and offer a different texture than boiling or pan-frying. A popular option is gnocchi alla Sorrentina: combine cooked gnocchi, tomato sauce, and fresh basil in a baking dish, sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan, then bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

What are popular variations of gnocchi?

There are many varieties of gnocchi based on ingredients and regional influences. Some common variations include potato gnocchi, ricotta gnocchi, and Parisian gnocchi, which are made from choux pastry dough. You can also find gnocchi made with pumpkin, spinach, or sweet potato for a unique twist.

Can you recommend a chicken and gnocchi recipe?

A delicious chicken and gnocchi combo is Chicken Gnocchi Soup. Start by sautéing diced onion, celery, and garlic in butter, add cooked and shredded chicken, then stir in chicken broth. Add prepared gnocchi and simmer until tender. Finish with cream and chopped spinach, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

What dishes pair well with gnocchi?

Gnocchi is versatile and can be accompanied by various side dishes and proteins. Simple salads with fresh greens, tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette complement the rich flavors of gnocchi. Garlic bread, roasted vegetables, or a hearty protein like grilled chicken or sautéed shrimp can also be served alongside gnocchi.

Gnocchi Parisienne + 12 More Great Gnocchi Recipes

This luxurious dish has been a staple in fine Parisienne restaurants since the early 1800s, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret - it’s so simple to make, that it’s going to be a regular on your dinner table too!
Legend has it that the original Gnocchi Parisienne recipe was created for Napolean’s wife, and once you taste it, you’ll understand. It’s the perfect mixture of decadence and simplicity. These little pillowy dumplings are lightly crisped on the outside, and melt in your mouth soft on the inside.
The key is in the dough. Though Italian gnocchi is made with potatoes, the French version is made with a pâte à choux - the same dough that’s used in those gloriously airy pastries that you find in little Parisienne cafes. It's delicate, elegant, but oh so easy to make.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 323 kcal



  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 cup water of water
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan finely grated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ a lemon
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan


  • Pour the water into a pan over medium heat, and add the butter and salt. Cook until the butter is melted, then remove from heat.
  • Whisk in the flour and parmesan, mixing vigorously until it forms a dough.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, then beat in the three eggs. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1-inch tip.
  • Place a pot of water on the stove. Salt it generously, then bring the water to a simmer.
  • Holding the bag over the boiling water, squeeze out an inch of dough. Slice the dough off with a pairing knife, or cut it with kitchen scissors. Then let it fall into the simmering water. Continue cutting gnocchi pieces into the water, but do not overcrowd them.
  • Once the gnocchi begins to float to the top of the water, about 1-2 minutes, remove them with a slotted spoon or spider.
  • Drop the poached gnocchi into a water bath to stop the cooking. Then place them onto a paper towel. Pat them dry.
  • Place the gnocchi on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or plastic wrap while you finish the remainder of the dough.
  • Place the butter into a saute pan, and heat it until foamy. Add the poached gnocchi and cook until they are lightly crisped on all sides.
  • Transfer the gnocchi to a serving dish. Squeeze the lemon over them and sprinkle with chopped parsley and parmesan.


Make Ahead Tip: Gnocchi can be made through step 7, then refrigerated overnight. Store them in a single layer, covered tightly to avoid drying out.
Pastry Bag: If you don’t have a pastry bag, put the dough into a resealable plastic bag, snip off one corner to create an opening that’s about an inch in diameter and continue with step 5.
Herbs: In your kitchen, you make the rules! If you prefer thyme, basil, or chives to parsley, use those instead!
Cutting the Gnocchi Dough: If you find that your dough sticks to the knife or scissor, wipe them and wet them with a little water in between cuts.
Make it a Meal: Gnocchi Parisenne is divine as is, but if you’d like to make it a heartier meal, stir in some chopped ham and fresh spring peas, or prosciutto and sautéed spinach.


Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 20gFat: 23g
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