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how to make the easiest gnocchi from scratch



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Prep Time: 0.83 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 5

Cost: $2.71 /serving


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Step 1

Boil the potatoes. Scrub 2 1/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes and place in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover the potatoes by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and simmer until the potatoes are knife tender and cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size. Start heating a large frying pan over medium heat when the potatoes are almost ready.

Step 2

Drain and dry the potatoes. Drain the potatoes. Transfer to the hot pan and cook, turning them occasionally, until the skin and any exposed flesh is dry on all sides (do not let the skin brown), about 2 minutes.

Step 3

Let the potatoes cool slightly, then peel. Set the potatoes aside until cool enough to handle. Peel the potatoes while still warm.

Step 4

Make the gnocchi dough. Place 1 1/3 cups of the all-purpose or ‘00’ flour and 2 teaspoons kosher salt on a work surface. Process the potato flesh through a ricer or a fine-mesh strainer onto the flour. Work and knead the potatoes into the flour, adding in 1/3 cup more of the flour a little at a time, until a soft and pliable but not sticky ball of dough forms. If the dough is too sticky, knead in more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed.

Step 5

Roll the dough out into ropes. Dust the work surface with more flour and divide the dough into 8 portions. Working with one piece at a time, use your hands and roll it out from the center into a rope that is about 1/2-inch wide.

Step 6

Cut the ropes. Cut each rope crosswise into 1-inch pieces, then transfer them to a floured rimmed baking sheet.

Step 7

Form the gnocchi. Roll each piece out on a grooved surface (such as a gnocchi board), or gently roll along the back of the fork with your thumb. (Grooves help them trap in more sauce.) Return to the baking sheet.

Step 8

Boil the gnocchi. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add half the gnocchi and stir. Boil until they float to the surface and are cooked through, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a serving platter. Repeat cooking the remaining gnocchi.

Step 9

Top with sauce and serve. Top with sauce if desired and serve immediately.

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