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Homemade gnocchi with buttered sage and poppy seeds

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Make your own gnocchi at home

It's easy to buy gnocchi at the supermarket but have you ever thought of making your own at home? You'll feel and taste the difference because they come out so light and soft. You may never buy the ready-made ones again.

Make your own gnocchi at home

These soft potato dumplings can be enjoyed with the simplest butter, sage and poppy seed sauce that pairs well with the lightness of the gnocchi.

Gnocchi with buttered sage and poppy seeds recipe

Serves 4


  • 1 pound starchy potatoes
  • 4 ounces flour + extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 6-8 fresh sage leaves
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

Make your own gnocchi at home



Prepare the potatoes

In a pot of water, boil the potatoes in salted water for about 30 minutes or until very tender. When they are cooked, peel off the skin. Mash the potatoes using a potato ricer or if you don't have one, just mash them with whatever utensil you have. Make them fall straight on a pasta board that's previously been sprinkled with flour.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Mix the dough

Add the flour and the egg. Mix with your hands.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Make a soft, compact dough

Knead until you have a soft, compact dough that's not so sticky. Add more flour if still needed. The amount of flour you need depends on the consistency of the potatoes. The less flour you add, the softer the gnocchi will be and more flour can result in chewy ones.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Make long cylindrical shapes

Divide the dough to 4 equal pieces then roll each piece to long cylinders.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Slice them

Slice about 1-inch pieces with a knife.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Shape them

Let each piece slide on a "rigagnocchi" or gnocchi board starting from the top. If you don't have one, use a fork, sliding from the top of the tines to the end. Put them on a plate or the same pasta board sprinkled with flour and sprinkle flour on top again.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Cook them

In a large pot, boil some water over medium-high heat. When it boils, add some salt. Put the gnocchi in the water. When they float, they are cooked.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Take the gnocchi

Take them out of the water with a slotted spoon.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Mix the gnocchi with the sauce

In a large saucepan, over low-medium heat, melt the butter. Add the torn sage leaves. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add the cooked gnocchi in the saucepan with butter and sage. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and poppy seeds.

Make your own gnocchi at home


Serve immediately

Make your own gnocchi at home

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