Delicious and Nutritious: Try Our Gluten-Free Gnocchi Recipe

Welcome, foodies! Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that’s as easy as it is delicious – gluten-free gnocchi! Gnocchi is a classic Italian pasta dish made with potato dough. Unfortunately, many gnocchi recipes call for wheat flour, which can make it off-limits for those who are sensitive to gluten or have Celiac Disease.

But fear not! With this recipe, you can enjoy a big bowl of perfectly light and fluffy gluten-free potato gnocchi. No need to worry about the wrong type of flour ruining your dinner plans or if the gnocchi will hold together while cooking – this recipe will ensure perfect results every time.

Plus, this homemade gnocchi recipe only requires four ingredients, making it budget-friendly and easy to make at home. You’ll be amazed at how well the russet potatoes, gluten-free flour blend, salt, and eggs come together to create an irresistible dish that everyone can enjoy.

So don’t let a wheat allergy or sensitivity to gluten prevent you from indulging in one of your favorite comfort foods. Give this gluten-free gnocchi recipe a try and taste for yourself how delicious homemade can be.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Gnocchi
Gluten Free Gnocchi

If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious meal that is also gluten-free, then you simply must try this gluten-free gnocchi recipe! This recipe is an excellent alternative to traditional gnocchi, which contains wheat flour and can be difficult to make.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is its simplicity. With just 4 ingredients, you can easily make fluffy and light gluten-free potato gnocchi in no time. All you need are some russet potatoes, potato starch (or gluten-free flour), sea salt, and an egg to bind it all together.

But that’s not all! You’ll love the addicting combination of fluffy potato pockets seasoned with nutmeg and parmesan cheese. These flavors harmonize perfectly with the delicate taste of the gluten-free flour mix, making this recipe one that will quickly become your go-to.

Furthermore, there are many dietary restrictions that exclude people from enjoying gnocchi, such as gluten or dairy intolerance – but with this recipe, those limitations are non-existent, allowing everyone to indulge! As a food blogger and nutritionist, I highly recommend serving it with tomato sauce and some fresh herbs or vegetables for a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

So whether you’re avoiding gluten or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional pasta dishes, this easy-to-make homemade gnocchi is sure to impress. Trust me; even picky eaters will love its light texture and incredible savory flavor.

Ingredient List

 Pillowy soft and gluten-free, these gnocchi melt in your mouth!
Pillowy soft and gluten-free, these gnocchi melt in your mouth!

Now, let’s dive into the ingredients needed to make gluten-free gnocchi. Here are the items that you will find in this recipe:

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp gluten-free flour blend (rice flour recommended)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Sea salt (for boiling water)

Note that it is important to use the right type of potatoes! Using wrong type can cause the gnocchi to be gluten and fall apart. Also, ensure your gluten-free gnocchi hold together during cooking. You need to bake or boil gluten-free potatoes before using them to make gluten free gnocchi.

The Recipe How-To

 A warm plate of comforting gnocchi goodness is just a few steps away.
A warm plate of comforting gnocchi goodness is just a few steps away.

Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s get cooking! In this section, I will walk you through step-by-step how to make delicious gluten-free gnocchi.

Step 1: Boil the Potatoes

First things first, we need to boil the potatoes until they are soft and tender. This usually takes about 25-30 minutes. To ensure your gnocchi is gluten-free, use only gluten-free potatoes. Using the wrong type of potatoes can result in wheat flour residue sticking on the gnocchi. Once boiled, drain the water from the pot and let the potatoes cool down for a few minutes.

Step 2: Mash the Potatoes

Once the potatoes have cooled down, peel them and mash them thoroughly with a potato masher or fork until there are no lumps in sight. Do this step carefully to avoid ending up with a gummy texture.

Step 3: Add the Rest of the Ingredients

Add potato starch, gluten-free flour blend, grated parmesan cheese, salt, and nutmeg to the mashed potatoes. Mix everything together until combined.

Step 4: Add Eggs

Crack in one large egg and continue mixing until it is well combined within the mixture.

Step 5: Create Gnocchi Shapes

On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into small parts and roll it out into long thin roles (about 1-inch wide). Cut these thin roles into bite-sized pieces (about one inch wide) and then use a fork to make indents on each piece.

Step 6: Boil

Bring water to boil in a large pot, add salt to taste. Once boiling, add in batches of gnocchi and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until they start floating to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and let them rest.

Step 7: Serve

You can serve your freshly boiled gnocchi with your favorite sauce, such as tomato sauce, pesto sauce or alfredo sauce, or pair it with some fresh leafy greens to make it a super healthy meal.

By following the steps outlined above, you can easily make flavorful and fluffy gluten-free potato gnocchi. Serve them up as a side dish, appetizer or main course, the possibilities are endless!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs gluten when you can have delicious and fluffy gluten-free gnocchi?
Who needs gluten when you can have delicious and fluffy gluten-free gnocchi?

Are you looking to switch things up in your gluten-free gnocchi recipe? Look no further, as I am here to provide you with some tasty substitutions and variations that will take your dish to the next level.

First up, let’s talk flour. While this recipe calls for a gluten-free flour blend made with rice flour and potato starch, you can also use other gluten-free flours like almond flour, chickpea flour or even oat flour. Be wary of wheat flour as it can compromise the gluten-free integrity of your dish.

Next, if parmesan cheese is not your thing, try substituting it for nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan cheese. Not only will they keep your dish dairy-free, but they will also add a delicious umami flavor to your gnocchi.

If you want to switch things up entirely and stray away from the traditional potato gnocchi, try making ricotta gnocchi instead. By substituting potatoes with ricotta cheese and using a gluten-free flour blend comprised of almond or oat flour, you can create a unique and flavorful spin on the classic dish.

Lastly, let’s talk about sauce. While tomato sauce is a classic accompaniment for gnocchi, feel free to experiment with pesto sauce (use dairy alternatives if needed) or even garlic butter sauce for something different.

The possibilities for substitutions and variations are endless when it comes to this versatile dish. So go ahead and let your creativity run wild in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 Made with simple ingredients, these gnocchi are perfect for a hearty meal any day of the week.
Made with simple ingredients, these gnocchi are perfect for a hearty meal any day of the week.

Now that you’ve cooked up a plate of delicious gluten-free gnocchi, it’s time to think about how you’re going to serve and pair it. There are a lot of different options when it comes to pairing gnocchi with sauces and sides, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

One classic approach is to serve gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce. This option is flavorful, easy to make, and pairs well with just about any vegetable side dish. Another option is to go with a creamy sauce made up of parmesan cheese and butter. This rich sauce works well as a main dish, especially when paired with roasted chicken or grilled shrimp.

If you’re looking for a lighter option, consider serving your gnocchi with roasted vegetables such as broccoli, carrots or zucchini. Additionally, sautéed spinach and garlic complement the pillowy texture of the gnocchi.

For wine pairing, consider crisp white or light red wines. A good pinot noir or chardonnay would work wonders here. If you prefer beer over wine, try a light lager or pilsner.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your gluten-free gnocchi, one thing is certain: whether it be healthy vegan options or traditional Italian recipes infused grana Padano cheese and truffle oil on top will get everyone diving into the meal with joy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Pair these gnocchi with your favourite sauce or pesto for an extra burst of flavour.
Pair these gnocchi with your favourite sauce or pesto for an extra burst of flavour.

Making gnocchi from scratch can be a time-consuming process, but this gluten-free gnocchi recipe allows for make-ahead preparation so that you can enjoy your delicious gnocchi any day of the week. Once the gnocchi is cooked and cooled, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze them for up to a month.

When reheating, it’s essential to avoid overcooking the gnocchi, as they may become mushy or lose their shape. Simply bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add the gnocchi and cook for only 60-90 seconds or until they’re fully heated through. Alternatively, you have the option of sautéing them lightly in a skillet with your favorite sauce or toppings.

If you’re not planning on using all the gnocchi at once, I recommend separating them into smaller portions before storing to make reheating more manageable. It’s essential to label and date each container to ensure you’ve used them within their designated storage timeframe.

Overall, gnocchi is an excellent make-ahead dish that can be prepared hours or even days ahead of time. When done correctly and stored properly, your gluten-free potato gnocchi will maintain its flavors and perfect texture for meals that are both fast and full of flavors!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. These gnocchi are a true treat!
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. These gnocchi are a true treat!

Once you have all the ingredients ready and prepped for your gluten-free Gnocchi, it’s time to learn some tips and tricks to ensure that everything comes out perfectly.

Firstly, when it comes to the potato starch or flour, using the wrong type can drastically affect the recipe’s texture. Instead of wheat flour, use a gluten-free flour blend such as rice flour. Potato starch can also be used instead of flour.

Secondly, when boiling your potatoes, make sure to wash them thoroughly before peeling them. You would need about 2 pounds of Russet Potatoes depending on the serving size. Also, once they become tender after boiling, drain all water and let the potatoes cool before proceeding with the recipe.

Thirdly, adding just enough salt is crucial to keep the Gnocchi flavorful. Use 1 tsp sea salt while boiling your potatoes and another teaspoon added to the dough mixture.

Fourthly, when it comes to working with the dough, remember not to over-knead it since doing so may make it too tough which can interfere with cooking time. Aim for enough kneading that makes it hold together without being sticky but not more than necessary.

Fifthly and last but not least, cooking time must be right since undercooking or overcooking can both do damage to your Gnocchi. If cooked right, homemade gluten-free gnocchi should stay fluffy and moist inside even after being pan-fried or baked.

By following these few tips diligently, you’d be able to make delicious gluten-free potato gnocchi that your family would love without stress or complications!


Before we wrap up this gluten-free gnocchi recipe, I’m excited to share with you some frequently asked questions that might not have been covered yet. These questions will tackle some of the concerns you may have about the recipe: from missing ingredients to whether you can make this recipe ahead of time or freeze it. So, let’s dive into these FAQ and find out how to make the perfect gluten-free gnocchi every time.

What is gluten-free gnocchi made from?

When it comes to making gluten-free gnocchi, the starchy potatoes play a crucial role in holding the dish together. If you want to ensure the right texture and consistency, opt for high-starch potatoes like russet or Idaho. To prevent the gnocchi from falling apart during cooking, a little bit of baking goes a long way, instead of boiling the potatoes.

Is gnocchi usually gluten-free?

Gnocchi, a popular Italian dish, often includes flour as a binding agent which unfortunately makes them unsuitable for individuals who avoid gluten. Although potatoes form the main component of gnocchi, the added flour renders them non-gluten-free.

What’s the difference between gnocchi and gluten-free gnocchi?

The classic recipe for gnocchi typically includes cheese, eggs, gluten, and potatoes. As a result, it’s not vegan or gluten-free. Nonetheless, this recipe for gnocchi eliminates all of these ingredients and uses plant-based and gluten-free alternatives for a scrumptious vegan and gluten-free dish.

What not to do when making gnocchi?

Avoiding these common mistakes in your potato gnocchi recipe can make all the difference between soft, pillowy gnocchi and a dense, tough mess. Here are some tips and recommendations to make sure your gnocchi dish turns out perfectly:

Firstly, be mindful of the type of potato you’re using. Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes are ideal since they’re low in moisture and high in starch, which will help keep your gnocchi light and fluffy.

When it comes to cooking the potatoes, avoid boiling them as much as possible. This is because boiling causes your potatoes to absorb too much water, resulting in a sticky, squishy dough. Instead, bake them in the oven until they are soft and fluffy.

Another critical factor is the tool you use to mash your potatoes. Using a potato ricer will help to create a more delicate texture by pressing the potato through tiny holes, rather than mashing it with a fork or a blender.

When it comes to flour, it’s crucial to use the right type. A flour that’s too dense, like bread flour or whole wheat flour, can make your gnocchi dough heavy and dense. Stick to all-purpose flour or Italian 00 flour which is a finer grind than all-purpose flour.

Adding flour all at once is another mistake that many people make. So add flour gradually, starting with ½ cup flour to 1 cup of mashed potatoes ratio until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

While most traditional gnocchi recipes require eggs, you can skip them altogether and still achieve perfect results. Moreover, adding ricotta cheese to your dough can provide a beautiful texture and flavour.

Finally, less is more when it comes to working your dough. Overworking the dough causes the gluten in the flour to activate, making it tough and chewy. Combine the ingredients until a uniform dough has been formed, but don’t mix or knead for too long.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free gnocchi recipe is a healthy and delicious alternative to the traditional wheat flour-based gnocchi. The use of potato starch, rice flour, and parmesan cheese results in a light and fluffy texture that is perfect for holding sauce. Plus, with only four ingredients, it is easy to make and can be customized to include other flavors such as nutmeg or ricotta cheese.

By making this recipe at home, not only can you ensure that it is gluten-free and dairy-free, but you can also control the quality and freshness of your ingredients. And don’t forget that by cooking at home, you are also saving money and reducing waste.

So why not try this recipe today? With just a little bit of patience and practice, you’ll be able to create restaurant-quality gluten-free gnocchi in no time. And once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to wheat flour-based gnocchi again. Trust me – your taste buds will thank you!

Gluten Free Gnocchi

Gluten Free Gnocchi Recipe

I get emails from Gluten Free Club that sends recipes every few days. This it what I got today and it looks easy and fun! If you don't have potato starch, you can substitute it with cornstarch, which is more easily accessible. I am not including chilling time. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 391.1 kcal


  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • rice flour, for dusting and rolling


  • Peel the potatoes and slice them into squares and place them into boiling water. Cook them until just softened. Drain them and mash them well. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Mix the potatoes with the rest of the ingredients well. Refridgerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Dust the dough with rice flour to keep it from sticking as you work with it.
  • Separate the dough into 4 - 6 pieces. Make these into twisty tie pieces that have a diameter of 1/2 inch. Slice them into 1/2 inch long chunks.
  • In a large pot with salted water. Boil the gnocchi for about 5 minutes and they rise to the surface of the water and are softened.
  • With a slotted spoon, take the cooked gnocchi after they've come to the surface and jiggle them to get rid of extra water. Serve these up with warm or melted butter or tomato sauce.

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Serving: 290gCalories: 391.1kcalCarbohydrates: 46.2gProtein: 13.7gFat: 17.2gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 474.6mgFiber: 5.3gSugar: 2.5g
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