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Gnocchi, those little pillowy potato dumplings, can be enjoyed in various ways. Here's a basic guide on how to cook them:

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Gnocchi, those little pillowy potato dumplings, can be enjoyed in various ways. Here's a basic guide on how to cook them:


  • Gnocchi (store-bought or homemade)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Sauce of your choice (tomato sauce, pesto, cream sauce, etc.)
  • Optional additions: Butter, fresh herbs (basil, parsley), grated cheese (Parmesan, ricotta)


  • Large pot
  • Colander
  • Large skillet or frying pan (depending on your chosen sauce)
  • Spoon


  1. Bring water to a boil: Fill your large pot with salted water and bring it to a rolling boil.

  2. Cook the gnocchi: Once the water is boiling, gently add the gnocchi. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook the gnocchi according to package instructions, typically 2-3 minutes, or until they float to the surface.

  3. Drain the gnocchi: Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the cooked gnocchi from the boiling water to a colander. Do not rinse the gnocchi. A light starch coating helps the sauce adhere.

  4. Sautéing with sauce (optional): Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil (optional) and swirl to coat the pan. Add the cooked gnocchi and saute for a minute or two, until they start to lightly brown on some sides.

  5. Adding sauce: Pour your desired sauce (tomato sauce, pesto, cream sauce, etc.) into the pan with the gnocchi. Toss gently to coat the gnocchi evenly in the sauce.

  6. Finishing touches: Heat through for another minute or two, allowing the flavors to meld. You can add a pat of butter, a sprinkle of fresh herbs (basil, parsley), and some grated cheese (Parmesan, ricotta) for extra flavor and texture (optional).

  7. Serve: Serve the gnocchi immediately in the pan or on plates with your desired amount of sauce and toppings.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Store-bought vs. homemade: Both store-bought and homemade gnocchi work well for this cooking method. Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the brand or recipe you used for homemade gnocchi.
  • Don't overcook: Avoid overcooking the gnocchi, as they can become mushy. Once they float to the surface, they are most likely cooked through.
  • Sauce options: Gnocchi pairs well with various sauces. Experiment and find your favorite combinations!
  • Leftovers: Cooked gnocchi can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them gently in a pan with a little sauce or butter to prevent drying out.

Enjoy your delicious plate of gnocchi!

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