how to cook gnocchi
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Gnocchi served in a bowl with grated parmesan cheese. Learn how to cook gnocchi

This is how to cook gnocchi very simply and quickly. It takes less than 5 minutes to cook gnocchi to perfection and naturally, it forms part of our collection of easy recipes.

Rating: Very Easy

Hands-On Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients to cook gnocchi

The ingredients to cook gnocchi:

  • Kettle to bring water quickly to the boil
  • a roomy saucepan
  • the gnocchi
Water at a rapid boil to cook gnocchi

Pour the boiling water into the saucepan, lightly salt it, and on high heat keep it at rapid boil.

See the bubbles in the water - that is rapid boil.

Add the gnocchi to the boiled water

Toss in all the gnocchi - I used one pound which makes 4 serves.

The gnocchi sinks to the bottom and the water stops being at boiling point.

To make the gnocchi extra tasty, add a couple of stock cubes to the water.

Gnocchi cooked. See it floating on the water

Keep the heat on high and bring the water back to rapid boil. See the bubbles in the photo - the water is agitated and it helps move the pasta around.

You'll see the gnocchi float to the top. That's when the potato pasta is cooked.

Gnocchi draining in a colander in the sink

Immediately remove from the heat and drain in a colander.

Put it back in the pot when drained.

Add a little olive oil to make it smooth and serve immediately.

Gnocchi cooked to perfection served with grated parmesan cheese

See the photo - the gnocchi is served with a generous helping of finely grated parmesan cheese.

Also delicious is pesto, either red or green.

Tips From Easy Recipes

  • Gnocchi is a pasta made from potato and looks like dumplings. If you love potato, you'll love this dish

  • It is usually cooked plain in lightly salted water, like pasta or spaghetti

  • Serve with lots of freshly grated Parmesan or Reggiano cheese

  • You can also serve with delicious pesto

  • For something different, make shepherd's pie and substitute the mashed potato topping with gnocchi topped with shredded cheese

  • Here's another easy recipes variation for gnocchi - serve with a simple and very delicious tomato and basil sauce with slices of crisp bacon. To make easy recipes fancy, substitute with pancetta or prosciutto.