Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Friday, November 22, 2019
Growing up these homemade potato gnocchi pasta was handmade by my mom and grandmother.

This is an authentic simple recipe, that's been in our family for over 100 years.

The potatoes are mashed, lightly seasoned and rolled into the gnocchi shaped pasta then topped with homemade Traditional Sunday Sauce and generously sprinkled with grated cheese.

The sauce is always a thick meat sauce and has meatballs and sausage in the pot when simmering.

Every time any holiday came around, these were first on the list of most asked for homemade pasta dishes besides lasagna.

Although they take a little time by hand, the rewards are great in flavor and everyone always raves about them

My brothers John and Luke always loved them when mom made them and continued these traditions with their children.

Since mom passed in 1999, we dedicated our holiday meals when we served gnocchi to her and grandma.

Now we had another to add, brother John passed away on November 16th, 2019 and I made these early for Thanksgiving for a tribute dinner with his sons.

Keeping the families memory alive in the kitchen is truly an important step of healing when grieving to me.

This post is a dedication to the years we spent and were blessed with my brother John and I got to spend time with his two sons Devin and Matthew.

Scroll down to the recipe card and when you make these, thank you for keeping the families memory alive your kitchens.

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Homemade Gnocchi Pasta

Being one of my childhood favorites and more of a celebration holiday pasta, I felt this would be a tribute to my brother who passed recently.

The pasta came out great and the memories of everyone's lives on through their teachings.

Potato pasta is pretty easy to make, just a little sticky to handle.

Get the consistency of the dough is the key to success.

Adding the flour a little at a time to smooth warm potatoes is how mom taught me.

Grandma sometimes added the flour while still hot.

You will need to add more flour than usual if they don't cool a little first in my experiences.

For the last several years of making pasta, I never used a gnocchi board, this was the first time, and what an easier method than rolling and using a fork as they cut the time in half to shape these.

I was very pleased with the gnocchi board and you can purchase it in specialty stores or online.

I will leave more details below on how you can order one of your own.

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Homemade Potato Gnocchi

(see the measurements by scrolling down to the recipe card)

  • mashed potatoes we use russet, or creamy white potatoes (not yellow potatoes or red-skinned) these need to be creamy and smooth no lumps ( for a quicker version use prepared mashed potatoes original style a 2-pound size from the supermarket dairy case)
  • all-purpose flour
  • butter
  • salt
  • Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Traditional Sunday Sauce

Rolling the dough

If you don't have the gnocchi board, no problem.

Roll in ropes, cut one-inch pieces, roll towards you using a floured fork.

You can also just use a flour index finger and the middle finger together to roll towards you without the floured fork method.

Check out my short video.

Gnocchi Board

Truthfully I had never used one neither did mom or grandma.

We made over 10 pounds of potatoes at a time to feed the whole family around the holidays.

They just had a little assembly line, roll, cut, shape with two fingers and move on.

I love using this little board and how they look, so it's been a new toy for me in the kitchen I love when
making these and how professionally finished they make these gnocchi look.

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Cooking the Pasta

Always salt the water and bring to a boil.

Add the frozen or fresh pasta to the boiling water and cook until they just float to the top.

For serving and authentic results use homemade tomato sauce.

Top with Italian freshly made tomato sauce and freshly grated Italian pecorino romano cheese.

Meat Sauce is a Must!

We love freshly made tomato sauce, if you want Authentic taste and pasta, this is a must make.

Mom loaded the sauce with meatballs, sausage and sometimes braciole.

During the summer we even made our sauce with fresh-picked tomatoes from dad's garden.

The Family At Easter

This photo was taken back in 2016 before my brother John passing, he is the first on the far right.

We all enjoy a big dish of homemade gnocchi for that Easter holiday.

The family will continue to remember all our family members when we are making this delicious pasta dish and cherish each memory.

Our tribute photo to John

Brother John

My brother was a talented musician with a beautiful voice and played the piano magnificently.

He brought much laughter and smiles to everyone's life and always left an impression of his talents to all.

We all will miss him dearly and we all need time to heal, anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows this pain.

I can't stress enough how important it is to keep someone's memory alive by remembering them in the kitchen.

We will always remember him for his strength and courage and unconditional love for family.

Homemade gnocchi was his favorite and my heart is broken over his loss, our dedication will continue to honor the best father and brother we could ever hope for until we meet again.

Rest in eternal peace dear brother, love you forever.

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Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

prep time: 30 Mcook time: 14 Mtotal time: 44 M
This is how my Grandmother and Mom made our Italian gnocchi pasta. A simple traditional recipe we made around the holiday season. The pasta is made with cooked mashed potatoes and flour, rolled with a fork or gnocchi board then cooked and topped with tomato sauce and grated cheese.


  • 4 cups of mashed potatoes we use russet, or creamy white potatoes (not yellow potatoes or red-skinned) these need to be creamy and smooth no lumps ( for a quicker version use prepared mashed potatoes original style a 2-pound size from the supermarket dairy case)
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour (more for rolling and adapting to the amount of moisture in the potato,( have a 5 lb bag on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • black pepper is optional to taste
  • Garnish:
  • Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Traditional Sunday Sauce


How to cook Homemade Potato Gnocchi

  1. Cook the potatoes until the fork goes through easily.
  2. Whip with the butter and salt until no lumps are remaining.
  3. Mix the potatoes in a large bowl making sure to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  4. On a large floured board, roll out long ropes. 
  5. Slice in one-inch pieces. 
  6. With your index and middle finger, roll each piece of dough toward you or use a fork, rolling the dough towards you to make lines.( or use a gnocchi board, you can find online at Amazon.
  7. There should be a center that is rolled. 
  8. Put rolled gnocchi parchment paper sprinkled with flour and not touching or sticking together.
  9. The pasta gnocchi should stay single on the sheet. Use more than one if you have too.
  10. You can stack by layering them with parchment paper sheets between them.
  11. These can be cooked immediately in salted boiling water or
  12. freeze them on the cookie sheet and add to plastic freezer bags when totally frozen. 
  13. These don't usually make the freezer, but if you want to make them ahead of time for an occasion they freeze very well.
  14. Serving:
  15. In a big saucepan large enough to house the amount you want to cook, fill the pan with water, add salt to the water around 1 tablespoon (or more depending on how many you make), when the water comes to a boil add the gnocchi, when they float to the top they are done around 12 minutes.
  16. Top with meat homemade Traditional Sunday Sauce and sprinkle with Pecorino Romano cheese on top.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. You know that baked beans commercial?Bush baked beans
    You just gave away the family secret

  2. This looks wonderful, Claudia! I love gnocchi and watched my mother do this as a young girl. I had to say how wonderful your gnocchi looks...thanks for sharing!

  3. I was so sorry to read that you've lost your dear brother. My deepest condolences to you, Claudia.

  4. I have never made gnocchi homemade before and this was just perfect!! Loved it

  5. This is ulitmate comfort food! Thanks for the how-to!

  6. What a great comfort food! Homemade gnocchi is the best. My condolences to you and your family, Claudia.

  7. I enjoy gnocchi and have made them once - lots of work. Your meal looks and sounds delicious. Always sad to loose a sibling and great that your dedicated meals to him. Growing up around a lot of Italians, I know how important family is.


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