Gnocchi, Italian potato pasta.
Inspired by Italy I made gnocchi today. Gnocchi is a form of potato pasta originated from Northern Italy, and it’s one of my favorite types of pasta. An Italian friend taught me how to prepare it some years ago, and it tastes fantastic when homemade!
Here is how to make and shape ghocchi.
You’ll need cooked potatoes and equal amount of flour by weight, and a couple of eggs.
Peel and boil your potatoes in salted water. You can cut them in halves to make the boiling time shorter.
Let your potatoes rest and cool down. Don't put any oil or butter in them!
Grate the potatoes.
Put your grated potatoes in a bowl.
Add the flour.
Add the eggs.
Mix everything until it looks like regular dough.
Form a roll.
Cut it in small pieces. Many people consider the gnocchi done at this stage.
However, if you want classic gnocchi you need to shape them characteristically. You'll need a fork for this.
Press a piece of your gnocchi dough onto the fork.
And roll it off the fork gently. This step requires practice.
A perfect gnocchi!
Don't make too many, because they taste their best freshly cooked - you don't want to save them for later. Try to make them around the same size. Put them into boiling water and cook until they come up to the surface. This usually takes no time at all.
You're done! I ate mine with grilled carrots and mushrooms, and baby vegetables on the side. But gnocchi is also delicious with parmesan, tomato sauce and basil, or cream sauce.