Easy Gluten Free Gnocchi Recipe (2024)

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Whether you are an Italian newbie or an experienced gluten free cook, you are going to love this easy homemade gluten free gnocchi recipe! You can slather this fluffy pillow-like pasta in many different sauces for an easy dinner.

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Gnocchi is a classic Italian pasta that is made with a combination of flour, egg yolks, salt, and potatoes. We used to enjoy it all the time until we went gluten free.

Unfortunately, regular gnocchi is not gluten-free, so for years, we didn’t eat it. If you have also missed gnocchi, you will love this easy gluten free potato gnocchi recipe!

I will share my tips and tricks to make the best gluten free gnocchi and share some delicious sauces to pair with the gnocchi.

If you love Italian foods as much as we do, you can check out all of my gluten free Italian recipes to get some cooking inspiration!

Why this gnocchi is so good:

  1. This homemade gnocchi is light and fluffy and tastes incredible.
  2. All you need are potatoes, gluten free flour, egg yolks, and salt.
  3. You can top this delicious pasta with your favorite sauce!
  4. It is not only gluten free but dairy-free gnocchi as well!

Amazing recipe. The gnocchi turned out light and pillowy. Delicious!”

Miss RJ, Pinterest comment

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King Arthur, Measure for Measure Flour 3 lbs

This is one of my favorite gluten-free flour blends for cookies, cakes, pie crust, biscuits, and muffins! (Do not use this flour blend for yeast recipes.)

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Ingredient Notes:

You do not need a lot of fancy ingredients to make gluten free gnocchi. All you need is a good gluten free flour blend, potatoes, egg yolks, and sea salt. This gnocchi is made without ricotta cheese, so it is dairy-free as well as gluten-free.

  • I made this recipe using King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. I am sure other blends will work well, I just haven’t tested any others yet.
  • Egg yolks – You do not need the whole egg, so use your leftover egg whites to make these meringues for dessert.
  • Potatoes – I recommend using russet potatoes for making gnocchi. They have a good texture and are not waxy like other potato varieties. You can also use Yukon gold potatoes.

See the recipe card for quantities and specific directions.

How To Make Homemade Gluten Free Gnocchi:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400º F. Wash your potatoes and bake them for 45-50 minutes. You do NOT want to boil your potatoes when you are making gnocchi.

You need the moisture to bake out of the potatoes. You will know your potatoes are done baking when you insert a fork in it, and it goes through the soft potato easily. I think they call that fork-tender.

Peel the potatoes when they are cool. Cut the baked potatoes into chunks.

HINT: You do not want to boil your potatoes when making gnocchi. You need to eliminate moisture. If you boil the potatoes, you risk your gnocchi being very mushy.

Step 2: Place a couple of cooked potatoes into a potato ricer and rice the potatoes. Repeat until you have pressed all of the potatoes through the ricer.

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Step 3: This is what your potatoes will look like after they have been riced.

Hint: Using the potato ricer adds more fluffiness to the dough. You can use a food processor or potato masher, but the texture will be slightly different.

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Step 4: Add the gluten free flour blend, salt, and egg yolks to the riced potatoes.

Step 5: Mix into a soft dough. The amount of flour used in every gluten-free flour blend may need to be tweaked.

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Step 6: Place a handful of dough onto a clean surface like a silicone mat or kitchen counter. Form a ball with the gnocchi dough.

Step 7: Divide the dough into sections and roll each into long ropes.

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Step 8: Use a knife to cut gnocchi out of the dough into small sections. The length of each section is a personal preference; you can make them as long or short as you like. I made my pieces inch-sized. Repeat until you have used all of the dough.

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There are two ways to get the grooves onto the gnocchi. You can use a gnocchi board or a fork. I like using the gnocchi board because it is longer and easier to roll the gnocchi on.

Step 9: To use a gnocchi board, place a piece of dough on the top and gently press and roll it down the board.

Step 10: To use a fork, tip the fork upside down on the silicone mat. Place a piece of dough on the top of the fork and roll the piece down the tines of the fork. This is a little more difficult because the fork is a lot shorter.

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Step 11: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the potato gnocchi a few at a time. When you add the gnocchi, you will notice they sink to the bottom.

As they cook, they will rise up to the top of the water. Cook them for one minute longer after they rise. Use a slotted spoon to remove the gnocchi from the boiling water.

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Step 12: I decided to fancy up a jar of pesto for this recipe. I added 3 tablespoons of pesto to 4 tablespoons of butter. I melted them over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.

Top with a good sauce and lots of parmesan cheese. There is nothing like fresh homemade pasta! If you love fresh pasta too, try my homemade gluten free ravioli recipe!

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Sauces For Gnocchi:

We are sauce fanatics, and you can enjoy so many tasty sauces slathered over your gluten-free potato gnocchi. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Ground Pork Pasta Sauce
  • Nut-Free Pesto
  • Gluten Free Pasta Sauce with Meat
  • Gluten Free Alfredo Sauce
  • Or keep it simple with this Gluten Free Marinara Sauce

See all of the yummy gluten free sauce recipes on my blog!

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

What flour is best for gnocchi?

I tested my recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure. It worked well. I assume most gluten free flour blends will work well in this recipe.

Is gnocchi healthier than pasta?

Gnocchi is made with potatoes. It may be a little healthier than pasta, but not significantly.

Can you pan-fry gnocchi instead of boiling?

You can definitely pan-fry the gnocchi. Just toss them into the butter sauce and cook them until they are slightly crisp outside.

Are gnocchi supposed to be chewy?

No, gnocchi shouldn’t be chewy. The gnocchi should be pillowy and soft in texture.

Can you use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes?

You can easily use sweet potatoes and make sweet potato gnocchi.

Can you freeze gnocchi?

This is a great recipe, but it makes a lot. you can freeze the extras in a freezer bag. It will keep fresh for up to four months.

Sides For Gnocchi:

I love serving gnocchi with a salad. My Kale and Apple Salad are really popular, or you can serve it with a caesar salad.

Storage:

This pillowy gluten free gnocchi will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend storing it in an air-tight container. You can also freeze the gnocchi.

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More Easy Gluten Free Italian Recipes:

  • Gluten Free Manicotti
  • Easy Baked Ziti Casserole
  • The Best Gluten Free Pizza Recipe
  • One Pot Italian Pasta

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Easy Gluten Free Gnocchi Recipe

Sandi Gaertner

This soft, pillowy gluten free gnocchi is made with simple ingredients including potatoes, gluten free flour, egg yolks, and salt.

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Prep Time 25 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr 25 minutes mins

Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Gluten Free Pizza and Pasta Recipes, Meal Recipes

Cuisine Italian

Servings 8 servings

Calories 137 kcal

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Equipment

  • Potato Ricer

  • Mixing bowls

  • Gnocchi Board

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400º F. Wash your potatoes and bake them for 45-50 minutes. You do NOT want to boil your potatoes when you are making gnocchi.

  • You will know your potatoes are done baking when you can insert a fork in and it goes through the soft potato easily. I think they call that fork-tender.

  • Peel the potatoes when they are cool. Cut the baked potatoes into chunks.

  • Place a couple of cooked potatoes into a potato ricer and rice the potatoes. Repeat until you have pressed all of the potatoes through the ricer.

  • Add the gluten free flour blend, salt, and egg yolks to the riced potatoes.

  • Mix into a soft dough. Every gluten free flour blend may need some tweaking as far as how much flour to use.

  • Place a handful of dough onto a clean surface like a silicone mat or your kitchen counter. Form a ball with the gnocchi dough.

  • Divide the dough into sections and roll each section into long ropes.

  • Use a knife to cut gnocchi out of the dough into small sections. The length of each section is a personal preference, you can make them as long or short as you like. I made my pieces inch-sized. Repeat until you have used all of the dough.

  • To use a gnocchi board, place a piece of dough on the top of the board and gently press and roll it down the board.

  • To use a fork, tip the fork upside down on the silicone mat. Place a piece of dough on the top of the fork and roll the piece down the tines of a fork. This is a little more difficult because the fork is a lot shorter.

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the potato gnocchi a few at a time. You will notice when you first add the gnocchi, they sink to the bottom.

  • As the gnocchi cook, they will rise up to the top of the water. Cook them for one minute longer after they rise. Use a slotted spoon to remove the gnocchi from the boiling water.

  • Top with a good sauce and lots of parmesan cheese. There is nothing like fresh homemade pasta! If you love fresh pasta too, try my homemade gluten free ravioli recipe!

Notes

You can use any gluten free flour blend for this gluten free potato gnocchi recipe. I used King Arthur Measure for Measure and had good results.

Sauces For Gnocchi:

We are sauce fanatics and there are so many tasty sauces you can enjoy slathered over your gluten free potato gnocchi. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Ground Pork Pasta Sauce
  • Nut-Free Pesto
  • Gluten Free Pasta Sauce with Meat
  • Gluten Free Alfredo Sauce
  • Or keep it simple with thisGluten Free Marinara Sauce

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

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FAQs

What can I substitute for flour in gnocchi? ›

A simple mix of white rice flour and sweet rice flour does the trick. And the sweet rice flour is important. Made with only white rice flour, the gnocchi were too soft. A half cup of sweet rice flour, which is ground from glutinous, short-grain rice, added a nice bite without making the gnocchi gritty.

What are gluten-free gnocchi made from? ›

Gluten Free Gnocchi made with pre-made mashed potatoes and gfJules Flour using a gnocchi board. And while you can make the gluten free gnocchi by hand using the tines of a fork as I have in these photos, there's this magical board called a gnocchi board which makes the process go much faster!

What beat flour for gnocchi? ›

Tipo 00 Flour is a soft, fine milled flour from Italy. It's a must-have for light and tender gnocchi and homemade pasta. Small(er) Batch Recipe ensures a higher success rate with just enough practice.

Does gnocchi have a lot of gluten? ›

While the primary ingredient in gnocchi is potatoes, flour is typically used as a binder in traditional gnocchi so this makes them definitely NOT gluten-free.

Is gnocchi healthier than pasta? ›

Nutritional Value

Believe it or not, regular pasta is actually more carb-heavy than gnocchi, coming in at around 2 times the amount of carbs per serving. Gnocchi is also notorious for having a lot more sodium, with over 200 grams of it per serving. Regular pasta doesn't have nearly as high of a sodium content.

Can you use cornstarch instead of flour in gnocchi? ›

Knead the cornstarch into the potatoes until a hom*ogeneous dough forms. Pinch the dough into marble size pieces and roll them into marbles. Put the dumplings onto a parchment paper lined pan. Refrigerate the gnocchi until they are cold.

Are Trader Joe's gnocchi gluten free? ›

While it's technically categorized as an Italian dumpling, gnocchi is the perfect substitute for pasta. TJ's cauliflower version is gluten-free, like most gnocchi varieties, but it's also egg-free, making it uber allergy-friendly.

Why is gnocchi not gluten-free? ›

Traditional gnocchi is made using pureed potatoes and wheat flour. So no - gnocchi is not gluten free. It can be made gluten free but typically no.

Why isn t gnocchi gluten free? ›

Is gnocchi gluten free? No, traditional gnocchi is not gluten free. It's made with potatoes and conventional flour, which contains gluten. This gnocchi is made with gluten free flour, so it's safe for anyone on a gluten-free diet.

What should you not do when making gnocchi? ›

Don't overwork the dough: When making gnocchi dough, it's important not to overwork it. Overworking the dough can make the gnocchi tough and chewy. Mix the ingredients together just until the dough comes together, and then stop mixing! You're not kneading bread here.

Why did my homemade gnocchi fall apart? ›

Gnocchi can disintegrate for a few reasons. You might not have added enough flour or egg, or you may have overboiled them.

Can you use 00 pizza flour for gnocchi? ›

I would not recommend using 00 Pizza flour over semolina flour since the outcome of the pizza texture is different than pasta. Therefore, I would recommend using semolina flour, over 00 Italian pizza flour for gnocchi since it too, is a pasta.

Is Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi gluten-free? ›

Not only are cauliflower gnocchi a low-carb, gluten-free version of regular potato gnocchi that taste faintly of roasted cauliflower, but they sell for under $3/bag at my local Trader Joe's. The gluten-free potato gnocchi I currently buy at the regular grocery store costs $7.99. You know what we call that?

Is orzo gluten-free? ›

Orzo is not a gluten-free food. Orzo is made from wheat semolina flour, which contains gluten. Because orzo is made intentionally to resemble rice (which is gluten-free), people will sometimes mistake it for Italian arborio rice, particularly if it's been cooked al dente (firm to the bite).

Can celiacs eat gnocchi? ›

Gnocchi contains plain flour, if you replace it with gluten-free plain flour, hopefully it will taste the same and will be safe. Providing it have been made with rice flour and not wheat flour, then certainly.

What can you substitute if you run out of flour? ›

11 best flour substitutions
  • Chickpea flour. Often confused with besan (see below), chickpea flour is made from ground white chickpeas. ...
  • Almond flour. Almond flour is an excellent alternative to have in your kitchen cupboard. ...
  • Gluten-free flour mixture. ...
  • Coconut flour. ...
  • Gram flour (besan) ...
  • Rice flour. ...
  • Buckwheat flour. ...
  • Oat flour.
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What is a good substitute for flour in pasta? ›

Almond flour has been a game changer for many of my baking recipes, and it's been a fantastic alternative to flour in homemade pasta. I've been meaning to share an almond flour pasta recipe for quite some time. It's quite different from my keto pasta, which doesn't have any flour or grains in it at all.

How do I substitute flour in pasta sauce? ›

If you need to make the dish slightly more creamy, just add a tablespoon of the pasta cooking water. There are many thickening agents used in cooking, Corn starch, potato starch, egg yolk are the three alternatives. Each will change the taste of a sauce in subtle and sometimes, not so subtle ways.

Do you need 00 flour for gnocchi? ›

What is the best flour for making gnocchi? I always suggest using 00 double zero flour. For most Italian dishes, this soft-wheat flour creates a delicate texture that's easy to bite through. Double zero is perfect for the light, pillowy texture you want for gnocchi.

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