Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Herbs Recipe

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Potato gnocchi are made of light, pillowy potato dough that is fun to make with your family and friends! You can then either freeze them for a later date or immediately look them in butter for a delectable dinner that looks more time-consuming than it really is.
Chef Nick began his culinary career in fine dining and has worked in three different Michelin-starred restaurants, one of which earned a star when he was part of the kitchen team. He also has experience hosting private dining events and catering for A-list celebrities in Los Angeles. Chef Nick is currently an executive chef and culinary instructor well-versed in a variety of cuisines, including French, Italian and Thai.


1 lb
russet potatoes
canola oil, as needed
1 cup(s)
all-purpose flour, sifted, divided
egg yolks, beaten
salt, to taste
1 tblsp
unsalted butter
minced parsley, optional

Directions 17 steps | 55 Minutes

Step 1

Prepare the potatoes. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Stab each potato with a fork multiple times and place them on a sheet pan.

Step 2

Drizzle a little bit of canola oil over the potatoes and bake until fork-tender, about 1-2 hours, depending on the size of the potatoes. (See notes 1.)

Step 3

Once the potatoes are done, use a paring knife to immediately peel the skin.

Step 4

Pass the skinless potato through a food mill, ricer or fine mesh strainer. Cool slightly.

Step 5

Prepare the gnocchi dough. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. On a floured work surface, form a large mound with the prepared potatoes. 

Step 6

Put a generous pinch of salt onto the potato and create an indentation in the center of potato mound, like a volcano. Place the egg yolks in the indentation.

Step 7

Top with two tablespoons of flour.

Step 8

Begin to knead the dough together, only add more flour as needed to keep the dough from becoming too wet. The ratio should be more potato than flour.

Step 9

Bring the dough together into a ball and knead for about 5 minutes, going back and forth. If it sticks to the counter, add a touch more flour underneath. The dough ball should be beige with a small tint of yellow. Once the dough comes together, cover and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Step 10

Shape the gnocchi. Divide the dough into two to three manageable pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. 

Step 11

Roll out a dough ball with both hands into a long rope that is about ½ inch in diameter.

Step 12

Use a floured bench scraper or butter knife to cut each rope into ½ inch pieces.

Step 13

Roll each piece into little balls and then run the back of a fork across each ball to create the grooves. Make sure to keep gnocchi slightly floured. (See notes 2.)

Step 14

Cook the gnocchi. Place the potato gnocchi into the boiling salted water. The gnocchi is done when it floats, about 2-3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and shake off excess water and place onto a sheet pan.

Step 15

Heat a non-stick saute pan until hot. Add one tablespoon of canola oil and the drained gnocchi in a single layer making sure each gnocco is separated. Let cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute then sauté until golden brown.

Step 16

Finish by tossing the gnocchi with one tablespoon of butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Step 17

Garnish with minced parsley for color. Enjoy!


  1. If desired, potatoes can be cooked ahead of time.
  2. Uncooked gnocchi can be frozen to be cooked at a later date. 

Nutrition Per Serving
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14.4 g
13.6 g
89.4 g


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Sarah D.


25 Jul 2022

You can't go wrong with fresh gnocchi cooked in butter with parsley. Love this recipe!

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