We love potato gnocchi. My 1.5 year old recently has been loving it MORE than mac and cheese. We’ve put both in front of his face (aka I was eating my gnocchi) and he was waving his fork at me all disgruntled and grunting at my gnocchi. Oiy.
Those store bought packages are EXPENSIVE though. I want to say they’re $4-5 EACH so I decided to check how hard it was to make gnocchi. It’s REALLY easy. It’s a bit time consuming, but it saves a ton of money if you love it as much as we do. And you know what’s in it. I get weirded out by stuff that seems like it shouldn’t be on a shelf. The best part is that although it’s time consuming, it’s a lot of fun for kids to help make!
Click the link to get the recipe for potato gnocchi that I used: Love Bakes Good Cakes: Homemade Potato Gnocchi and Getting Back On Track
Here’s a video of the process that I used for making and freezing it:
- 2 potatoes (taking 1 c out to use) makes approximately what you’d expect from one package at the store.
- I read to dry the cooked potatoes in the oven before mashing them. This worked great!
- When squishing the gnocchi pieces with your fork, keeping your fork wet with a bit of water helps to keep it from sticking to your fork. Same thing with cutting- dip your knife in the water to make it easier to cut.
- Mashing the potatoes in my (affiliate link) KitchenAid KSM150PSBU 5-Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield – Cobalt Blue
worked well for me.
|Mash with this.|
|Add ingredients and use dough hook for the rest.|
My 1.5 year old liked to help smoosh the gnocchi. We laid the pieces flat on parchment paper to freeze, then put the pieces all into a bag once they’d frozen for a while. Threw them back in the freezer until we need to use them. On the bottom right is the sauce I use… I prefer fresh pesto, but these are nice to have if you want a quick meal available and don’t always have fresh pesto on hand.