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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



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


  • 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


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.


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.