These are the best Sweet Potato Gnocchi you’ll ever have! They’re light, pillowy, melt-in-your mouth sweet potato dumplings that are egg-free and so much easier to make than you might think. The dough is more forgiving than a regular potato gnocchi, and this recipe can easily be made gluten free! Your pasta prayers have finally been answered.
I’ll come right out and say it: I’m a gnocchi snob.
I rarely, if ever, order gnocchi out because I’m almost always disappointed. Once you have a really great plate of gnocchi, you’ll never be able to tolerate anything less. More often than not, they’re dense, gummy and feel like rocks in your stomach. Really good gnocchi should be light as air, melt on your tongue and always leave you wanting more.
Traditional potato gnocchi is tough to master, but sweet potato gnocchi is much easier to pull off. Since sweet potatoes don’t get gluey after being worked like regular potatoes can, they’re much more forgiving and result in a smoother, more tender dough.
I discovered this recipe / method on a little Italian blog called Ilaria’s Perfect Recipes, and it’s damn near perfect. I’ve adjusted the ratios ever so slightly and made the directions easier to follow, but I owe all the credit to her. These gnocchi are everything I want them to be – light, pillowy, silky and flavorful.
How Do you Make Sweet Potato Gnocchi?
The process is really simple – cook and mash sweet potatoes, mix in lots of grated cheese, a bit of salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Mix the dough until it forms a shaggy mass, then knead it a few times until it forms a cohesive dough. Be careful not to knead it like crazy, as the gluten in the flour will get tough with excessive work (but not if using gluten free fl0ur – see the full recipe and more details below).
Cut off a small piece of dough and roll it into a long, thin snake, then use a knife or pastry cutter to snip off little pieces. You can make these as large or as small as you like, but I prefer them on the smaller side. It takes a bit more time and work, but I think the finished texture is more pleasing.
Place the gnocchi on a sheet pan that’s been lined with parchment and dusted with flour. From here they can be cooked – they only take a few minutes to boil – or placed into the freezer. Once frozen solid, transfer them to a zip-top bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Then they can be cooked directly from the freezer – no defrosting needed.
Can Sweet Potato Gnocchi Be Made Egg Free?
Yes! In fact, this recipe doesn’t contain any eggs at all. Unlike traditional potato gnocchi, the eggs are not necessary here.
Can You Make Sweet Potato Gnocchi Gluten Free?
Yes! This recipe works wonderfully with a cup-to-cup gluten free flour blend such as Cup4Cup gluten free flour (affiliate link), which is my preferred brand, They turn out SO GOOD!
If using gluten free flour, you can actually work the dough a bit more than if you were using all purpose flour. That’s because gluten free flour won’t seize up and get tough like wheat flour does when the gluten gets overworked. Making this recipe gluten free actually makes it EASIER and more FOOLPROOF than making it with wheat flour, but it tastes just as good.
How Do You Cook Sweet Potato Gnocchi?
To cook, simply boil a pot of salted water, then drop the gnocchi in fresh right after making or straight from the freezer. Give them a stir, then let them cook at a rolling boil until they float to the surface. Drain – but save the cooking liquid! – and add them directly to a simmering sauce along with a little bit of the cooking water to help thicken it up.
What Kind of Sauce do You Serve with Sweet Potato Gnocchi?
My go-to sauce for Sweet Potato Gnocchi is brown butter with some type of herb and some type of chopped, toasted nuts. I love sage and toasted walnuts or rosemary and hazelnuts, which is what you see in the photos. Another great way to enjoy these is with a cream sauce. Or a cheesy cream sauce. or baked in a cheese sauce. Or a blue cheese sauce! With walnuts! Go crazy!
I do not care for tomato sauce with sweet potato gnocchi, however.
Is Sweet Potato Gnocchi Difficult to Make?
No! But it does take a bit of time. As long as you plan ahead and enjoy the process, you’ll have no problems at all. This recipe is very forgiving, especially if you use gluten free flour. Rolling and cutting the dough can be a really fun process that’s great for doing with kids, friends or as a couple.
Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Gnocchi?
Yes! Making homemade pasta or gnocchi is a time consuming process no matter which way you slice it, but what makes this recipe so brilliant is that the gnocchi freeze beautifully. This recipe yields a large amount, so whenever I have time I like to make a batch and then freeze them to eat later. I always have a bag of sweet potato gnocchi stocked in my freezer for quick and easy dinners. It makes the effort totally worth it.
To freeze sweet potato gnocchi, Arrange the cut raw gnocchi on a sheet pan that’s been lined with parchment paper and dusted with flour. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a zip top bag. This will ensure they freeze individually and don’t all clump together.
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These are the best Sweet Potato Gnocchi you’ll ever have! They’re light, pillowy, melt-in-your mouth sweet potato dumplings that are egg-free and so much easier to make than you might think. The dough is more forgiving than a regular potato gnocchi, and this recipe can easily be made gluten free! Your pasta prayers have been answered.
- 2 lbs fresh, whole sweet potatoes or yams
- 1 ⅓ cups finely grated Parmesan cheese (such as Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano)
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour or an all-purpose gluten free blend (recommended: Cup4Cup), plus more as needed
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on size. Alternatively, you can peel and dice the sweet potatoes, then microwave them until tender.
- Let the sweet potatoes cool until they’re able to be handled, then remove the peels and place the flesh in a large mixing bowl. Use a fork, a potato masher or immersion blender to mash the sweet potatoes until smooth.
- Add parmesan cheese, 1 ¼ cups flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt, then mix until it forms a shaggy dough. If the dough seems wet, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it’s no longer excessively sticky. The goal is to add as little flour as possible.
- Scrape the mixture out on to a floured surface and gently knead it until it forms a ball. Do not overknead the dough as it will cause it to become tough. If using gluten free flour, you don’t have to be as concerned with over kneading.
- Cut off a small piece of dough and roll it out into a long, thin snake. Cut into small pieces about the size of dime, then transfer to a sheet pan that’s been covered in parchment paper and dusted with flour.
- Repeat until all the dough is used up.
- Cook immediately or place the sheet pans into the freezer to save for a later date. Once the gnocchi are frozen on the sheet pan they can be transferred to a zip-top bag and stored for up to 6 months in the freezer.
- To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of generously salted water up to a boil. Add gnocchi, stir, then cook until they float to the top – about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, add them to a sauce and serve immediately. *
*Reserve some of the gnocchi cooking water to add to the sauce in order to help thicken it up.
Keywords: gnocchi, pasta, sweet potato, pumpkin