What’s For Dinner? Secret Ingredient Gnocchi

This is a recipe revisit from a post I did back in November.  
I just didn’t love the picture I had before, but I also wanted to include more of a visual How-To for making Gnocchi.  So while I whipped this up for dinner last night, I also whipped up a new post!

I have a table of picky eaters. Especially my boys, especially the baby. Sometimes mealtimes make me want to go screaming off into the sunset, pulling out my hair.
Last week I had a hankering for Gnocchi. I don’t know why, as I’ve never made it, never ordered it, never really had it. It just sounds so good. Gnocchi. Yummy dough-y goodness!  Sounds like something kids would like.
So, I decided to try to make it.  Surprisingly, it was so easy, and so fast. The best part, everyone, I mean everyone, loved it!  Licking their plates kind of loving. 
 I want to share this recipe with you – please try it – it’s not hard and it is sure to please the pickiest eaters!   
(This recipe is different from traditional gnocchi – this one’s got secret good for you ingredients!)


Non-Traditional Gnocchi
2 cups ricotta cheese (basically 1 container)
1/2 cup yam puree
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 jar pasta sauce

Here’s How-To:
Secret ingredient:  yummy yam!
  • In one bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, yam, eggs, and parmesan cheese.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Then mix the wet ingredients with the dry, until well combined, and a soft sticky dough forms.  If you find the dough too sticky, just work in small amounts of flour until you get the consistency you want.

  • On a well floured surface, with your hands, roll out the dough into 4 strips, with the width being no more than a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (I’m beginning to think the smaller the better with Gnocchi).  If the dough is too thick, the gnocchi won’t cook properly.

  • Then cut the strips into 1/4 to 1/2 inch long pieces (again, I think smaller is better), transferring them onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  This is so you can put them in the fridge until you are ready to make them, and so the gnocchi won’t stick together.
  • Use a large pot to boil your water (I like to use a stock pot to prevent clumping). 
  • Add the gnocchi slowly to the boiling water. Don’t dump them in all at once, as they will clump together. I found that cooking them in 2 batches works well, just put the cooked ones into a glass bowl, cover with foil, then proceed with the next batch.  Boil them until they float – this will only take about 5-7 minutes.  
Tips!

  • If you like your gnocchi more firm, I would try to fry them up a bit in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil for about 4 minutes or so.  Then toss them with sauce.
  • For extra added nutrition, you can add 1/2 cup of pureed yam that you may have left over, into your pasta sauce.  It’s sweet, and know one will even know it’s in there!  Bonus!

You are done!  Add sauce.  Pour a glass of wine for those eaters over the age of 18.  Eat.  Yum.


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  • Reply Julie April 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM your blog runs my life lol. this week i bought a new bissell steam mop, am making the cinammon pull apart bread and had gnocchi for dinner tonight! keep it up! congrats on your followers too :)
  • Reply alissa {33shadesofgreen} September 28, 2011 at 2:04 AM I'm making a similar gnocchi this week! Yours sounds delicious. Never met a gnocchi I didn't like...
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