Learning To Make Gnocchi From Scratch

Gnocchi from scratch

I am 100% Italian. At least, that is what I tell people when they ask. Technically, I am first generation “American” since I was born here in the United States (many, many years ago). Both of my parents were born in Italy. My mom’s family immigrated here in the 1950’s when she was only 13 years old. My father, on the other hand, didn’t move here until after he met my mother while she was vacationing in Italy. At this point, they were both in their mid- to late 20’s. As the story goes, he proposed to her two or three times during her trip before she accepted.

When they were children, growing up in Italy, everything was made from scratch. My mom is an excellent cook. I learned most of what I know from her. I do alter some of the recipes to suit my taste. However, one thing we definitely have in common is how we “wing it” when we cook. The only time we measure anything is when we bake.

My oldest son is 8 years old. He has been asking my mom to teach him to cook for a while now. She decided teaching him to make gnocchi from scratch would be a perfect first meal.


  • 8 medium size potatoes
  • 6-8 cups all purpose flour (you probably won’t use all of it).
  • Salt, to taste


  • Boil the potatoes until “fork tender”. Make sure the water completely covers the potatoes and is at least one inch above them.
  • Peel and mash the potatoes.
  • Place them on a board until cool enough to handle.

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  • Add flour until a dough is formed. Consistency: not sticky and not hard.

make gnocchi from scratch

  • Make ropes from the dough.
  • Cut in bite-size pieces and sprinkle a little flour over them.

make gnocchi from scratch

  • Use a fork or “gnocchi board” and roll to make the ridges on the gnocchi.

make gnocchi from scratch

  • Place the gnocchi on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, until the second pot of water begins to boil.

make gnocchi from scratch

  • Add salt to boiling water before the gnocchi.
  • Gnocchi are ready when they float to the top.
  • Drain in a colander.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce and enjoy!


  • Bonus picture…my father decided to join in the fun

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By ย the way, the Italian sausage in the first photo was also made from scratch. That recipe will be shared in a future post.

What is your favorite recipe to make from scratch?


  1. Feeling brave, I think I could do this… Maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I love gnocchi and was pleasantly surprised the first time I made it at how simple it can be to make from scratch. I love that you have your children helping you. I think it important to pass down recipes and the ability to cook to children.

    • bella0421 says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree kids can learn so much from helping to cook a meal. I am very grateful my mom is still around and willing to help me teach them some of our favorite recipes.

  3. That is so cool that your mom is teaching your son how to make gnocchi! They have been on my list of things to try for a while now, but they have seemed intimidating. If he can do it, so can I, right?! My little guy would probably love playing with a hunk of dough too. I will pin this as inspiration to try making gnocchi soon!

    • bella0421 says:

      Awesome! Enjoy the time with your son making a delicious meal and have fun! I would love to hear back from you after you make them.

  4. Oh my goodness, fun and yum! Loved all the pictures. My oldest is 8 and loves to get into the kitchen. Unfortunately for him, his mother does not! : ) But maybe I could wing this? Looks like a fun summer project.

  5. Thank you for sharing your family recipe. My husband was just asking me the other night if I could make gnocchi from scratch and I told him I would have no clue how to do that. Your post on Motivate Me Monday came just in time. I pinned it and look forward to trying it.

    • bella0421 says:

      You’re very welcome! I am glad I can help you try a new recipe. I would love to hear back from you after you make them.

  6. Making gnocchi from scratch has been on my food bucket list for a while now, can’t wait to give these a try! Thanks for sharing with Friday Favorites, we love having you join us!

  7. Mrs. Wach says:

    We really liked learning how to make gnocchi! My Grandmother was Italian and liked to “wing it” too when cooking! Izel thought it was so cool to see it today. Mauricio liked the pictures and wants to post a comment from his home computer.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. We discussed following steps, as in adding or subtracting. Measuring cups and rulers/inches were also discussed.

    Mrs. Wach

    I love you Mom,

    • bella0421 says:

      What a wonderful surprise to see a comment not only from my son (I love you too, CJ!), but his teacher too! Thank you so much for the feedback. I am glad the class enjoyed the lesson.

  8. Okay, I’m drooling right now! Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted.

  9. What a great post and wonderful memories plus fantastic Gnocchi. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Katherine Riley says:

    I make my Italian great great grandmother’s pizzelle cookies from scratch.

  11. Michelle Elizondo says:

    This is yum.

  12. I’ve actually never made this. Looks delicious though! Kudos to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This recipe looked so good, I copied it down. I am going to make it this coming weekend. I thank you so much for the share.


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