Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe

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  • This homemade sweet potato gnocchi recipe is so much easier than you think! It takes just 20 minutes to prep this delicious meal and can even be made ahead of time! A simple vegetarian meal straight from the cookbooks of Italy! Quick enough for an easy weeknight meal.sweet potato gnocchi on a white plate with text overlay

    After 5 days of rain, I needed a little pick-me-up. For me, that’s all too often found in food. Fortunately this time, it was in a slightly healthier dish. I’ve been obsessed with pasta as long as I can recall.

    Making fresh pasta makes me so happy – I find comfort in making noodles from scratch. It relaxes me, just as baking does. Until recently, I had never attempted homemade gnocchi.

    Chris & I went to dinner a few days ago & I of course previewed the menu before arriving. I just can’t help myself! I was excited to try their sweet potato gnocchi & knew before I arrived that that’s what I would be ordering. I was disappointed to find that the menu had changed & they weren’t offering any seasonal dishes.

    My salad was great, but it didn’t satisfy that craving, so I experimented with homemade sweet potato gnocchi & it was phenomenal. I was surprised that it was also incredibly easy to make!

    To Make Sweet Potato Gnocchi You Will Need:

    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Flour
    • Sage, butter, pepper & parmesan: to make a simple and delicious sauce to dress the gnocchi.

    How To Make This Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe

    It’s so simple to make this recipe that I’m not sure why I haven’t attempted it before! 

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Poke & bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes.
    2. Remove from oven & puree {I used a food processor}.
    3. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine flour & sweet potato puree. Switch to dough hook & knead for 4 minutes or knead by hand.
    4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    5. Roll out dough {still slightly sticky} using flour & your hands into rolls. Cut into pieces. *
    6. Boil gnocchi until a few seconds after it rises to the top & strain.
    7. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt & brown butter until it reaches a nice, nutty aroma. Chop fresh sage & toss in & continue to cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat & toss drained gnocchi. Garnish with pepper & parmesan & serve.
    8. *optional: use a fork to make traditional gnocchi indentions

    What To Serve With Sweet Potato Gnocchi?

    This recipe is simply perfect served by itself as a main course, or you can do as the Italians do, and serve it as an appetizer, followed by a meat course, such as Chicken in White Wine Sauce or a delicious Ragu Recipe (Pork Ragu). A simple Italian Salad  or Italian Vegetables would work wonderfully as side dishes if you serve this as a main.

    close up of sweet potato gnocchi on a white plate

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you make sweet potato gnocchi ahead of time?

    I prefer to prep most of our dinners during nap time – it’s proven to be the least stressful way to make dinner. These little pillows of heaven can be prepared hours in advance & tossed in the sauce later to finish. Yes, we’ll be having this often! I’m also anti-leftovers {don’t judge} & even loved these day 2 tossed again in sauce!

    Can you freeze sweet potato gnocchi?

    Yes you can! Once you have rolled the gnocchi, you can then freeze it to cook at a later date, it will keep well for up to a month. Freeze it on a flat baking sheet and then store in an airtight container.

    What’s the best sauce for gnocchi?

    Homemade sauces doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen – this simple sauce comes together in a matter of minutes. You can of course serve it with a jarred sauce, but this light and fresh sauce really is the only one for me!Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a sage & browned butter sauce served on a white plate

    Top Tips to Make This Recipe

    • 1 large potato = 2 generous servings.
    • For every potato, allow about a 1/2 cup of flour. The goal is to use as little flour as possible, to keep them pillow-like, but the more flour you use, the easier it is to roll them out, either way, you can’t go wrong!
    • You can prep the gnocchi ahead of time, so it’s perfect for easy entertaining!
    • You can use a fork to roll the gnocchi into shape if you prefer.

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    Easy Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a sage & browned butter sauce

    Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi

    Little pillows of Heaven!
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    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American, Italian
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 460kcal

    Ingredients

    • 2 potatoes large
    • 1 c flour
    • 1/2 c flour for rolling
    • sage fresh
    • 1/2 c butter
    • pepper
    • 1/4 c parmesan fresh grated

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Poke & bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes.
    • Remove from oven & puree {I used a food processor}.
    • In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine flour & sweet potato puree. Switch to dough hook & knead for 4 minutes or knead by hand.
    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    • Roll out dough {still slightly sticky} using flour & your hands into rolls. Cut into pieces. *
    • Boil gnocchi until a few seconds after it rises to the top & strain.
    • Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt & brown butter until it reaches a nice, nutty aroma. Chop fresh sage & toss in & continue to cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat & toss drained gnocchi. Garnish with pepper & parmesan & serve.
    • *optional: use a fork to make traditional gnocchi indentions

    Notes

    • 1 large potato = 2 generous servings.
    • For every potato, allow about a 1/2 cup of flour. The goal is to use as little flour as possible, to keep them pillow-like, but the more flour you use, the easier it is to roll them out, either way, you can't go wrong!
    • You can prep the gnocchi ahead of time, so it's perfect for easy entertaining!
    • You can use a fork to roll the gnocchi into shape if you prefer.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 5.7mg
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