Online Cooking Class - Gnocchi 101

Learn how to make pillowy authentic Italian gnocchi at home in this interactive online cooking class.

During this live and interactive virtual cooking class with Chef James, you will learn the trade secrets to preparing authentic Italian gnocchi at home, including how to add those hallmark ridges to catch the sauce.

But not just any sauce. Chef James will also teach you how to brew a batch of soul-warming San Marzano sauce made with tomatoes hailing from the south of Italy — or really, any canned tomatoes. From start to finish, you'll discover how simple it is to make this classic Italian dish from scratch.

"I'll teach you the secrets to making gorgeous hand-formed gnocchi paired with a simple San Marzano comfort sauce." - Chef James

  • Cooking class is fully interactive.
  • Chef accompanies you throughout the entire process.
  • Ask as many questions as you want!
  • Order ingredients online and have them delivered to your door.
  • Recipes Recipe links are sent in your booking confirmation.
  • Ingredients Ingredients can be adapted for dietary restrictions or lack of availability and can be delivered by your preferred local grocer with the link below.
  • Technology Connect with the chef using Zoom on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • Class Participation Chime in with questions through audio or chat. Use of video is optional.
  • Class Size Public class sizes are between 4 to 20 connections to provide an opportunity for all guests to participate and ask questions. Private classes can accommodate up to 498 guests.
  • Event Duration 1.5 hours
  • Prep Time 45 minutes
  • Labels Couples, Group, Italian, Mother's Day, Pasta Making, Vegetarian


Russet potatoes
Fresh thyme or sage
Unsalted butter
All-purpose flour
San Marzano or other canned tomatoes
Olive oil
Heavy cream
Chili flakes or cayenne pepper

Kitchen Equipment

Potato ricer, potato masher or fork
Boiling pot

Prep Work Details

Here is the list of prep work that should be done prior to the start of the class: -Boil the potatoes about 45 minutes prior to the start of the class and keep warm. We will peel them together. You will know when they are done when the skin starts to have little striations and you can easily pierce with a knife. Note: you do not want them falling apart, so keep a close eye at the 45-minute mark. -Melt the butter with the thyme (or whatever herb you are using) in a small pot on the stove and have ready -Slice your garlic and place into the sauté pan you will use for making the tomato sauce -Have your pot of water salted and close to a boil -Open your can of San Marzano tomatoes and pour into a bowl and crush by hand. 1 whole can (28 ounces) will make enough sauce for 6 servings. You can use just 1/4 or 1/2 a can if cooking 1-3 servings. The recipe makes enough gnocchi for 6 servings. The gnocchi freezes very well, but if you want to cut down on the quantities for 1 to 2 people, follow these proportions: -1 large russet potato -3/4 to 1 cup of flour Feel free to message me before the class with any additional questions! Cheers, James

Cozymeal guest reviews for this experience

Steph V.

28 Jul 2021

The gnocchi was delicious!! Chef James directions were spot on and helped a non- chef like myself create a hard dish with ease. Will continue to cook this for friends and family! Super fun experience.

Eliza R.

27 Jul 2021

Chef James' Gnocchi 101 class was fabulous. He was a great teacher, well-paced and informative. The gnocchi was the best I've ever had, truly. Would very much recommend.


14 Jun 2021

This was my first Cozymeal class and Chef James was the perfect host to initiate myself to the world of virtual cooking. He was friendly and entertaining, providing us with some history and trivia about gnocchi. He did not rush the group and calmly demonstrated each step of the process. By then end of the class, I had created a respectable meal. I also appreciated the clear instructions he sent ahead of time regarding the preparation of certain items prior to the start of the class. I would not hesitate to sign up for another Chef James class or to recommend his class to a friend.

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$ 29 Per device

90-minute class hosted on Zoom. Tax included.

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Chef James
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As you can probably tell cooking is my passion. There is almost nothing I love more than throwing dinner parties and coming up with wonderful and creative dishes. I offer cooking and catering services, including cooking class parties, private dinners and catered events. I feature Italian and Spanish-inspired dishes of the highest quality, and use locally grown and artisan ingredients.

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