Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Whether you have grown up with your Nonna hand making you gnocchi or not, we can all agree the homemade is definitely best when it comes to those delicious potato dumplings! Seasoned gnocchi cooks will know that the best ones are made from steamed rather than boiled potatoes - this is where your Babycook will come in very handy! Serve them with a simple tomato pasata, our famous Bolognese Sauce or really whatever vegetables you have on hand, cooked in with some pasata. 

Potato Gnocchi and Bolognese Sauce

Potato Gnocchi Recipe

  • Suitable from: 8+ month olds
  • Preparation time: 20 min
  • Cooking time: 15 min
  • Ingredients: 2-3 medium potatoes, 1 cup plain flour, 1 small egg
  1. Peel, and chop the potatoes into 1cm cubes.
  2. Put the potatoes in the steamer basket of the Babycook.
  3. Pour water into the tank to level 3.
  4. Start the cooking process.
  5. When it is cooked, tip into a bowl and mash the potato until smooth using either a potato masher or a potato ricer if you have one. If you don't have these a simple fork will do (it will just take longer!)
  6. Add the egg and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Add half the flour and stir until combined.
  7. Add the remaining flour, forming a nice firm dough. If it is still a little gooey, add more flour as needed.
  8. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface, such as a bench top or chopping board, and knead until smooth.
  9. Divide the dough into 3 portions. Roll each portion into a long approximately 2cm-diameter 'log' and then cut into pieces approximately 2cm in length (or create gnocchi to your preferred size).
  10. Lightly flour your hands and roll each piece of dough into a ball. 
  11. When you are ready to eat, bring a saucepan of water to boil. Add one layer of gnocchi to the water, but don't overcrowd as they can stick together and cook. They are ready to be eaten when they rise to the surface. Use a slotted spoon to drain and transfer to a bowl.
  12. Serve with your choice of sauce. Et voila, bon appétit! 

Chef’s tip

Season with a little salt if your child is older than one year for added flavour!

When you are rolling out your potato dumplings, you may choose to make them whatever size suits your little one. You can even cook some mini pea sized gnocchi for the kids, and some normal thumb sized ones for the adults!

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