Pumpkin Gnocchi Step by Step Tutorial

Pumpkin Gnocchi Step by Step Tutorial

By 21/10/2013

From mother to daughter, or better, from grandma to granddaughter in this case.

That's how I learned to make gnocchi and when you learn from someone, especially  your nonna, you can never forget it. Cooking can bring back so many memories too!

As pumpkin is in season right now it is the perfect time to make the most of this beautiful and tasty vegetable.

Ordinary gnocchi are made only with potatoes but pumpkin gnocchi can add colour to your dish and give gnocchi a wonderful taste which is utterly addictive.

Gnocchi can be tricky to make though. You can find many recipes on how to make them and they might seem easy to follow but there are a few essential things you need to know in order to master the art of making them:

- first, it is essential to use the right type of potatoes which should be floury like Desiree or Vivaldi potatoes.  They should be boiled with the skin on and not overcooked or they will become waterlogged;

- a potato ricer is ideal to mash the potatoes but if you don't have one use a regular potato masher;

-The large Halloween carving pumpkins are not suitable for gnocchi. You will need a sweeter and drier type of pumpkin like onion pumpkin for example; it will need to be cooked in the oven to dry out its excess moist. The wetter the pumpkin the more flour you will need to hold the dough together which will result in chewy, hard gnocchi.

-Shaping the gnocchi is not essential but it helps them hold the sauce better

So, sleeves up and let's give this a go!

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 + 5 minutes



First you need to peel and chop the pumpkin and cook it in the oven on a baking tray at 180C for about 20-25 minutes. Enough for it to soften up

roasting pumpkin

Put the potatoes in cold water and boil them with the skin on. Drain and peel them as soon as possible

peeling the potatoes

With a rice masher or potato masher mash the potatoes and the pumpkin in a bowl. Let them cool down.


Add the yolk, some grated nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste; combine the ingredients together.


Then add 3/4 of the flour and combine well to make a smooth dough

smooth dough

Roll the dough with your hands to make small cylinders; add the remaining flour as this will help in shaping the dough

rolling the dough - How to make pumpkin gnocchi

With the knife cut them into little pillows about 2 cm each

How to make pumpkin gnocchi

Shape the dough with the proper tool or hold a fork in one hand and place a gnocchi pillow against the tines of the fork, cut the ends out. Use your thumb and press in and down the length of the fork. The gnocchi should curl into a slight "C" shape to make the typical shape of gnocchi

How to make pumpkin gnocchi

Sprinkle a little more flour over the gnocchi to make them easy to pick

How to make pumpkin gnocchi

Bring a pot of salty water to the boil. Melt the butter with the sage leaves in a sauce pan over a gentle heat.

When the water boils drop the gnocchi in and when they rise to the surface fish them up and pour over the melted butter with the sage. Stir over a source of heat so that the sauce will be well absorbed by the gnocchi.

Serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese.

pumpkin gnocchi

This is going to Credit Crunch Munch hosted this month by Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food For Families ,  normally hosted by Fuss Free Flavours or Fab Food 4 All


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12 Responses to Pumpkin Gnocchi Step by Step Tutorial

  1. gloria

    ah ALida What beautiful look your gnocchi look awesome, love your table to make these, with my Mama normally we a make a Little ball and and a hole with the finger, but I love how look these,xo

  2. Louise

    Your Pumpkin Gnocchi looks amazing, Alida. Oh how I remember making gnocchi with my grandmother when I was a child. You are right, it isn’t something you forget. The memories are everlasting.

    You didn’t miss a step with those directions. GREAT job, Alida! I must Pin this right now! Thank you so much for sharing…

  3. Mimi

    Oh, these look fabulous! Wonderful tutorial. You make it look so easy.

  4. Choclette

    Those pumpkin gnocchi look so delicious Alida and they are such a gorgeous colour. Your tutorial is really useful and one day I might make pumpkin gnocchi.

    • Alida

      Thanks Choclette. Homemade are really delicious!

  5. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida, Love this post and love Gnocchi! I have made this delicious pasta many times with my grandmother and my mom. We make spinach gnocchi a lot, but I would love to try your pumpkin recipe. My grandmother taught me to use a fork to make the ridges.Your tutorial is fabulous! It does take a little time to make, but it is well worth it when you put that sauce on top! Love your tips also. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie. It is so nice to be taught by your own mum and grandma. Like that good and real recipes can carry on through the generations! I must try spinach gnocchi too!

  6. Javelin Warrior

    Not only does pumpkin gnocchi sound amazing, but I love your tips for making gnocchi! And I will definitely keep them in mind when I give gnocchi a go (hopefully soon). Marvelous tutorial, Alida!

    • Alida

      Thank you Mark. I am pleased you like it :-))

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Thank YOU, Alida. I have always wanted to make pumpkin gnocchi…now I have no excuse.

  8. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissimi, sai che non li ho ancora provati? Mi hanno regalato una bella zucca, credo che sia arrivata l’ora di farli! Mi piace la tua ricetta, sono deliziosi! Un abbraccio!

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