Main Meals

Homemade gnocchi in lemon chilli garlic sauce

Homemade gnocchi can be time consuming the first time you make it, and you may end up with potato and flour everywhere. But this is a truly satisfying meal, complete comfort food…worth all the effort! Here are some of my tips for homemade gnocchi:

Homemade gnocchi the easy way

  • You can use leftover mashed potatoes, but you may need less flour.
  • Following this recipe, you will need about 1/2 cup of flour per potato. But don’t be afraid to add more flour – there’s nothing worse than wet gnocchi dough stuck to your hands!
  • Cooking the gnocchi is the easy part, but don’t overcrowd the saucepan! Just add enough gnocchi to cover the bottom of your pan.
  • The gnocchi cooks quite fast – only a few minutes. When it floats to the top, you know it’s ready!
  • Keep the cooked gnocchi in a covered dish to keep it warm while you finish cooking the remainder of the gnocchi.

Gnocchi with Lemon Garlic Chilli Sauce

Homemade vegan gnocchi in a tangy garlicky lemon & chilli sauce with kale. Tasty and easy to make!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 serves
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

Gnocchi

  • 6 potatoes
  • 3 cups plain flour (may need extra)
  • 1 tsp + 1 tbs salt

Sauce

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 large red chilli
  • 1 tbs lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped kale leaves

Instructions
 

Make the gnocchi:

  • Peel, chop and boil the potatoes until soft (15 to 20 minutes).
  • Drain well and puree until smooth.
  • Mix in the flour and 1 tsp salt until a smooth dough forms – you might need to vary the amount of flour depending on how moist your potatoes are.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1cm thick.
  • Slice into pieces about 2cm by 2cm.
  • Half fill a large pan with water, add 1 tbs salt, bring to the boil.
  • Add enough gnocchi to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • When the gnocchi rises and floats (after about 2 minutes of cooking), it is ready. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and put into serving dishes.
  • Repeat until all gnocchi is cooked.

Meanwhile, make the sauce:

  • Peel and finely dice the garlic.
  • Deseed and finely chop the chilli.
  • Heat the oil over a low-medium heat in a frying pan.
  • Add the garlic and chilli, cook for about 1 minute or until the garlic begins to brown.
  • Add the zest, juice and kale, stir for another minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Combine the gnocchi with the sauce and serve immediately.

Notes

Kid friendly tip: omit the chilli, and blend the sauce ingredients to a fine puree before serving over the gnocchi. You may also want to replace half the lemon juice with water to reduce the sourness.