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Instant Potato Gnocchi

This tasty gnocchi is much easier than it looks and contains almost no saturated fat. “Just serve with your favorite jarred pasta sauce, and you’re set!” Sarah Ott — Blanchardville, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • Pasta sauce of your choice
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Place potato flakes in a large bowl. Stir in boiling water; add egg. Stir in flour and seasonings. On a lightly floured surface, knead 10-12 times, forming a soft dough.
  • Divide dough into four portions. On a floured surface, roll each portion into 1/2-in.-thick ropes; cut into 3/4-in. pieces. Press and roll each piece with a lightly floured fork.
  • In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Cook gnocchi in batches for 30-60 seconds or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon. Serve with sauce; sprinkle with cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 250 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Della
    Sep 3, 2017

    This was my first effort at making gnocchi and I didn't have a gnocchi board. I used our tried and true family red sauce recipe so it was delicious, but following the recipe exactly, I thought the dough was way too dry and I had to add a fair amount of water to get the dough to bind together. Once my gnocchi board arrived from Amazon I will try another recipe using less flour.

  • mmbreen
    May 31, 2013

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  • NHL
    Feb 17, 2013

    It's fast and easy to prepare. I added Johnny Garlic's seasoning to it and it is great with Chicken Parmessan. NHL

  • MariaMR
    Feb 9, 2013

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  • kc2295
    Dec 2, 2012

    This was a real hit for dinner last night. I did change it up a bit. I made mashed potatoes and doubled the spices. They came out very soft and yummy.

  • Carol39110
    Nov 11, 2011

    This is good, but I am still working on my technique so the gnocchi isn't as tough.

  • annsway1
    Sep 16, 2011

    Cool the potatoes to luke warm before adding the egg or you'll have scrambled egg in this recipe. I wouldn't change anything else. This is a modern recipe the young people should enjoy!

  • Sally Miner
    Aug 9, 2011

    This was very easy to make and my husband and I really enjoyed it. I agree with other posters I think I will change up the spices maybe adding Italian seasoning and oregano. This is a keeper!

  • kljones68
    Mar 4, 2011

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  • 3152004703
    Sep 7, 2010

    I love this recipe! the best part is I can always put some uncooked gnocchi aside for a nice lunch the next day. The kids and hubby enjoyed it