21 Gnocchi recipes using more than just potatoes

Nov 7, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Gnocchi — better known in the culinary world as "tiny clouds" — are typically made with potatoes. Let's explore new ways to incorporate other vegetables and flavors into the dough to create some amazing gnocchi plus some delectable sauces and toppings too.

A traditional Italian pasta made classically from semolina flour, potatoes and eggs, gnocchi is total comfort food and perfect for the fall and winter seasons. Warm up this season with large bowls of these fluffy gnocchi recipes with a twist.

1. Pumpkin gnocchi with hazelnut brown butter recipe

Pumpkin gnocchi with hazelnut brown butter

Blog: Foodie Crush

This pumpkin gnocchi with hazelnut brown butter screams fall, and it's perfect for a romantic date night with your special someone.

2. Beetroot ricotta gnocchi recipe

Beetroot ricotta gnocchi

Blog: Farmgirl Gourmet

Dig up some beets, and make this colorful beetroot ricotta gnocchi.

3. Homemade sweet potato gnocchi with a Gruyère cream sauce recipe

Homemade sweet potato gnocchi with a Gruyère cream sauce

Sweet potatoes are a great replacement for regular white potatoes in this sweet potato gnocchi with a Gruyère cream sauce.

4. Whole-wheat carrot gnocchi with peas, butternut squash and ricotta recipe

Whole wheat carrot gnocchi with peas, butternut squash, and ricotta

Blog: Eats Well with Others

Try this whole-wheat carrot gnocchi with peas, butternut squash and ricotta for dinner on the weekends. Make it a family project in which everyone can get their hands dirty.

5. Beet-goat cheese gnocchi in rosemary and sage butter sauce recipe

Beet goat cheese gnocchi in rosemary and sage butter sauce

Blog: Always Order Dessert

Sage and rosemary come together in this beet-goat cheese gnocchi in rosemary and sage butter sauce to make the perfect herb combination for this gnocchi.

6. Sweet potato gnocchi with Bolognese sauce recipe

Sweet potato gnocchi with bolognese

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

A hearty sauce makes these sweet potato gnocchi with Bolognese a hit with the entire family.

7. Spinach and ricotta gnocchi recipe

Spinach and ricotta gnocchi

Blog: Chocolate Moosey

This light and fluffy spinach and ricotta gnocchi recipe is the perfect way to get your kids to eat spinach — make it look fun.

8. Greek yogurt gnocchi with spicy pesto recipe

Greek yogurt gnocchi with spicy pesto

Blog: The Spiffy Cookie

Lighten up traditional gnocchi by using Greek yogurt, like in this Greek yogurt gnocchi with spicy pesto recipe.

9. Ham and cheese gnocchi recipe

Ham and cheese gnocchi

Blog: Kevin & Amanda

A classic combination, ham and cheese come together to create this delicious ham and cheese gnocchi recipe.

10. Gnocchi with buttered sage and poppy seeds recipe

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Sprinkling crunchy poppy seeds adds color and texture to this gnocchi with buttered sage and poppy seeds.

11. Chicken, bacon and pumpkin gnocchi recipe

Chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi

Blog: Nutmeg Nanny

A luscious pumpkin cream sauce makes this chicken, bacon and pumpkin gnocchi irresistible.

12. Pumpkin, sage and sausage baked gnocchi recipe

Pumpkin sage and sausage baked gnocchi

Blog: Country Cleaver

Need a casserole to bring to a get-together? We're thinking this pumpkin, sage and sausage baked gnocchi is your best bet.

13. Pan-toasted brown butter gnocchi with grilled corn and scallions recipe

Pan toasted brown butter gnocchi with grilled corn and scallions

Blog: How Sweet It Is

Light and tasty, this pan-toasted brown butter gnocchi with grilled corn and scallions is the perfect use for sweet corn and fresh herbs.

14. Baked gnocchi mac 'n' cheese recipe

Baked gnocchi mac 'n' cheese

Baking the pasta makes for a great quick meal! Make this baked gnocchi mac 'n' cheese with a side salad, and dinner is on the table in under an hour.

15. Gnocchi and bacon gratin with garlic béchamel recipe

Gnocchi and bacon gratin with garlic béchamel

Blog: Lauren's Latest

Tossing fluffy gnocchi in a garlic béchamel adds tons of flavor, like in this gnocchi and bacon gratin with garlic béchamel.

16. Pancetta and sweet pea brown butter gnocchi recipe

Pancetta and sweet pea brown butter gnocchi

Blog: Picky Palate

Sweet peas pair perfectly with the pancetta in this pancetta and sweet pea brown butter gnocchi.

17. One-pot vegetable and Parmesan gnocchi recipe

One-pot vegetable and Parmesan gnocchi

Boil the pasta and vegetables in one pot, toss with Alfredo sauce, and you've got this easy one-pot vegetable and Parmesan gnocchi.

18. Gnocchi with brown butter cream sauce and kale recipe

Gnocchi with brown butter cream sauce and kale

Blog: The Little Kitchen

Brown butter makes everything better, like in this gnocchi with brown butter cream sauce and kale.

19. Creamy bacon Gorgonzola gnocchi recipe

Creamy bacon gorgonzola gnocchi

Blog: Foodie with Family

Bacon and Gorgonzola go hand in hand in this creamy bacon Gorgonzola gnocchi packed with intense but delicious flavors.

20. Wild mushroom gnocchi soup recipe

Creamy bacon gorgonzola gnocchi

Warm up on a chilly night by tossing gnocchi into your soups, like in this wild mushroom gnocchi soup recipe.

21. Crispy gnocchi with pastrami ragu recipe

Crispy gnocchi with pastrami ragu

Blog: Fifteen Spatulas

If you or your husband loves pastrami, then you're going to love crispy gnocchi with pastrami ragu. It's the perfect hearty meal for cold days.

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