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Homemade Gnocchi – 3 Ingredient Recipe

Make some 3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi for a delicious dinner. Cooked starchy potatoes are mixed with flour and egg to create a dough and then rolled into gnocchi shapes and boiled until tender. 

3 Ingredient Gnocchi

This Homemade Gnocchi is perfect for date night, Saturday dinners, or Valentine’s Day.

This is a great recipe for getting the whole family involved in making dinner.  

The thought of making homemade pasta might feel intimidating but this gnocchi recipe is extremely easy.

Simply boil the potatoes, then mash them and combine them with flour and egg to create a simple dough.

Then boil pieces of the dough to make a mouthwatering gnocchi dinner. 

In about 2 hours, you’ll have soft, tender, gnocchi ready to enjoy!

3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE GNOCCHI

Gnocchi dough is made out of starchy potatoes with flour and egg added then, small pieces of dough are rolled into rectangle shapes and boiled and tossed in a sauce the whole family will enjoy!

Are you ready to get started?

You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

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3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

HOMEMADE GNOCCHI INGREDIENTS

This fun and easy Homemade Gnocchi recipe uses everyday kitchen staples to create a delicious main dish your family will love.

All you need is:

  • Yukon or Russet potatoes
  • flour
  • egg
  • salt

HOMEMADE GNOCCHI RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

To make gnocchi, boil the peeled potatoes until cooked.

Place the cooked potatoes in a bowl and mash them until there are no lumps and season with salt.

Add some flour and egg and using your hands, knead into a soft dough.

Let the dough rest.

Take a piece of dough the size of a lemon and roll it into a long rope.

With a knife cut into little rectangles.

Sprinkle with a little more flour and using a fork or gnocchi board, shape the gnocchi into its classic gnocchi look.

Let the gnocchi rest for between 20 to 30 minutes before cooking.

To cook the gnocchi, fill a large pasta pot with water and salt and bring to a boil.

Place some gnocchi into the boiling water, not stirring much, once the gnocchi has floated to the top, scoop it out into a bowl. 

Toss the gnocchi in your preferred sauce, pesto, grated parmesan, or simply in butter and serve immediately.

In about 2 hours, you’ll have light, homemade gnocchi that’s sure to become a new favorite!

3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

HOMEMADE GNOCCHI TIPS AND QUESTIONS

If you’ve never made Homemade Gnocchi, don’t worry! Below are some common questions and helpful tips.

Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have.

If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.

HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE HOMEMADE GNOCCHI?

This Homemade Gnocchi recipe takes approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes.

TOTAL. This includes:

  • About 20 minutes to cook the potatoes
  • Close to 5 minutes to mash the potatoes until no lumps
  • Around 10 minutes to add the flour and egg, knead until you have a soft dough
  • 10 minutes to let the dough rest
  • 20 minutes to cut into gnocchi squares
  • 30 minutes to let the gnocchi squares rest
  • 20 minutes to boil the gnocchi

HOW DO I STORE HOMEMADE GNOCCHI?

You can store uncooked Homemade Gnocchi in an airtight container in your freezer for up to 3 months.

Simply throw the frozen gnocchi into boiling water and cook until the gnocchi floats.

You can store cooked gnocchi in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months.

3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

WHAT TYPE OF POTATO IS BEST FOR MAKING GNOCCHI?

Floury and all-purpose potatoes are best for making gnocchi.

You need to use a potato that has little moisture.

I suggest using Yukon or Russet since they will work the best in this recipe.

CAN I MAKE HOMEMADE GNOCCHI AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes, you can easily make Homemade Gnocchi the day before serving. Simply don’t cook the gnocchi until you are ready to eat.

Store the uncooked gnocchi in an airtight container in your freezer and cook the gnocchi frozen.

It is not recommended to store uncooked gnocchi in your refrigerator because the gnocchi can turn a darker color. 

WHY DOES GNOCCHI HAVE TO REST BEFORE COOKING?

Gnocchi has to rest before cooking because they cook best when they have been completely cooled and dry out a little bit.

Resting also helps the gnocchi retain their shape while boiling.

Do not let the gnocchi rest for more than 30 minutes because it will become too dried out.

If you try to cook gnocchi after immediately making it, the gnocchi will stick together while boiling.

3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

WHAT GOES WELL WITH HOMEMADE GNOCCHI?

Homemade Gnocchi goes well with a wide variety of main and side dishes.

These recipes would be great to serve together. Some of my personal favorites include:

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS HOMEMADE GNOCCHI RECIPE?

This simple Homemade Gnocchi recipe not only tastes great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.

Try adding a cheese like paramesan to the gnocchi dough.

Simply grate some fresh parmesan and toss it into the dough with the flour. YUM!

3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

HOMEMADE GNOCCHI RECIPE

Yield: 6

Homemade Gnocchi

Homemade Gnocchi

Make some 3-ingredient Homemade Gnocchi for a delicious dinner. Cooked starchy potatoes are mixed with flour and egg to create a dough and then rolled into gnocchi shapes and boiled until tender. 

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rest Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Yukon or Russet Potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups flour + more for rolling
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes in a bowl and mash them until there are no lumps.
  2. Add the salt and mix.
  3. Add the flour and egg and with the help of your hands knead until you have a soft dough.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut out a piece, the size of a lemon, and roll until you have a long rope.
  6. With a knife cut out small 3/4 inch gnocchi squares.
  7. Sprinkle with a little bit more flour and press/roll in a fork to shape the gnocchi.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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