Gnocchi tonight

I love carbs.  How could you not?  What else warms you, comforts you, fuels you…?  My favourite yummy carb is a toss-up between mashed potatoes and pasta.  Imagine then how happy I was when Tina over at
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If you guessed ‘very happy’ you are the winner of a great recipe for easy gnocchi.  These little pasta dumplings begin with mashed potatoes and end with a nice nap on the couch. 
To make them I usually use leftover mashed and by leftovers I have made for dinner the night before seven times more mashed potatoes than I think we will ever eat.
In a bowl combine; 2 cups mashed potatoes, 1 cup ricotta, 2 eggs and a dash of grated nutmeg.
REALLY mix all of this up.  You want it to be light and lump free.
Add 1 cup of flour.  By adding I mean BARELY mix in the flour.  Too much flour and mixing means you will have gnocchi that tastes a lot like wallpaper paste.
Lightly sprinkle your work surface with flour.
Turn out your dough.
Form into two long snakes about 1 inch in diameter.  Play with your dough as little as possible-you are still trying to avoid paste.
Cut into half inch pieces.
Lay on  a cookie sheet and freeze until you are wanting to devour these little potato pillows. 
But wait!  Why don’t mine have fancy marks on them?
Well, those take time and someone was making noises that her nap was done in no uncertain terms.
There’s the culprit!

When you just can’t wait any longer to have this treat bring a pot of water to a boil and salt it as you normally would for pasta.  Drop in the gnocchi (still frozen-don’t crowd the pan) and let bubble (not boil) until they rise to the top.
Drain onto a tea towel and then fry in butter that is just starting to brown,.
Top with a meaty, tomato sauce that has spent the day hanging out in the slowcooker.

Eat most of your plate before you even THINK of taking a photo.

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  1. Teri@thefreshmancook says

    This sounds like an excellent recipe. I love using the left over mashed potatoes. I always have some. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Nicole @ the Daily Dish says

    Yum! I have been wanting to make gnocchi and I think this might just be the recipe. This sounds so good and looks enticing! :)
    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. BigBearswife says

    I love carbs too haha! that can't be a good thing. haha but I do love mashed potatoes and gnocchi! Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!

  4. Miz Helen says

    Your Gnocchi looks awesome! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen

  5. Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground says

    LOVE gnocchi!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I've never attempted to make my own … may have to brave one day.
    Tracey (#42 in the Challenge)

  6. Leah @ Beyer Beware says

    I am so impressed with the awesome braveness of the group of women who all participate in CCC! This looks so good! Puts my Mexican Mashed Potatoes to shame.

  7. Kathryn says

    I have never tried gnocchi, but it sounds wonderful – will have to try this some time. Thanks for sharing this with us:)

  8. Loy says

    I have never tried making gnocchi, but am always looking for ways to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Your recipe and photos make it look so easy. I am going to include this in my Friday Finds this week. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lino says

    Jane, OK, you've got my Italian chops salivating over this one! This sounds like it might be almost as good as my home made gnocchi. However, I never did the fried-in-butter part – too rich, but sounds amazing!

    I showed Silvana the site. Hopefully, she'll get a chance to peruse some time.

    I also told my daughter Cristina about you. She's first year at Algonquin in Culinary Management. I'd like to introduce you to her some time.

    Thanks for the beautiful meal this evening.

  10. Evie says

    Oh I am SO glad I saw this post! Totally making this soon…very soon!! I love gnocchi and never knew what I was doing wrong…it was always rubbery. Now I can see I was beating the dang dough half to death. lol.
    Thank you for sharing!! Pinning and trying it!! : ) : )


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