Easy Homemade Potato Gnocchi


How To Make Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Blue oval bowl of golden brown pan fried gnocchi dumplings. On a white table with a silver fork and white napkin.

This easy homemade gnocchi recipe is delicious and has four ingredients: potato, flour, egg, and salt. Really, its just adding flour and egg to mashed potatoes and getting a firm consistency. These potato dumplings are addicting as all get out so be prepared to eat more than you should!

Serve it straight from the boiling water if you like it fluffier or pan fry it in a little butter to make it golden brown. Serve it with your favorite sauce, marinara over the top, or with my easy Pan Fried Sausage & Kale Gnocchi recipe.

Look at my gnocchi. Im a professional cook and still dont always prioritize consistency in my own home cooking. They are different shapes and sizes. The fork mark came across on some but not on most. But they taste and look delicious anyway and thats what Im always striving for. Your skills will get better with time so dont sweat it if they dont all look the same!

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 40 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 lbs (~3 potatoes), peeled & cubed
  • 6 3/4 oz (~1 1/2 cups + more for dusting) all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Peel and cube potatoes. Add to cold salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook ~ 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Rice or mash the potatoes. A ricer will make them creamier. Allow to cool ~ 15 minutes before adding other ingredients.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a little salt.
  • Combine mashed potatoes, flour, egg, and salt in a bowl and form into a ball. Try not to overwork the dough.
  • Lightly flour work surface. Tear off pieces of the dough and make long ropes. Lightly press the dough with a fork along the rope to make indentions and slice into 3/4 pieces. Skip this step if you dont want to take the time. Cut gnocchi into desired size pieces (I usually use one fork as the default size).
  • Drop gnocchi in boiling water (you will need to do this in batches so as not to overcrowd the pot). Cook 3-5 minutes or until gnocchi start to float. Drain and serve immediately. See tip below if you want to brown your gnocchi. Happy Eating! Beckie


  • You want the dough thickish. Add more flour or potato if its too sticky.
  • Dont want to eat all that gnocchi right away? Line a plate or pan (that will fit in your freezer) with parchment and lightly flour. Lay the uncooked gnocchi in a single layer and freeze ~ 45 minutes. Place in a ziploc bag once frozen and cook in boiling water from frozen.
  • Take your game up a notch. After draining the gnocchi, bring a non-stick pan to medium heat and add a little butter. Pan fry on both sides ~ 2-3 minutes or until brown.

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Keywords: Gnocchi, Homemade, Eggs, Potatoes, Comfort Food, Dairy Free, Pasta, Holidays, Vegetarian