Homemade Soft Potato Gnocchi

potato-gnocchi-0187 While I’m in Thailand (I still can’t believe it’s true) I can share with you some recipes I tested and liked in London before packing all my belongings and moving on to a brand new and exciting chapter in my life. Gnocchi. Needless to day, something I cannot eat in this part of the world.

potato-gnocchi-0191 I just came back from a long walk in the old town of Chiang Mai and despite the presence of a few Italian restaurants here and there, useful just to accommodate the western palate of not so go-ahead tourists, gnocchi remain an unexplored dish here in North Thailand. As far as I know. However, this city offers such a huge variety of food options that I wouldn’t be surprised to find something similar and as good as these gnocchi I prepared slightly changing the proportion flour/potato to get a softer consistency.

potato-gnocchi-0195 Am I missing Italian food? Not yet but I’m afraid I may soon start craving for a not so spicy simple and fresh tomato sauce.  However, being determined to try the local cuisine and its street food rather than opting for touristic restaurants, to soothe my nostalgia of familiar flavors I will probably just look at my pics of  these lovely little potato dumplings.

p.s. speaking of pics, have you checked out my Facebook page or Instagram profile yet? There you’ll find images of some of the favorite dishes I’m eating here in Thailand. Eating vegetarian food is not as easy as I thought it would be. It is possible but it takes a little extra research (and someone able to understand English!). If you know places and dishes I should try please let me know. สวัสดี ค่ะ!

Homemade Soft Potato Gnocchi


  • 1 kg Potatoes
  • 300 grams white flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Wash thoroughly the potatoes and put them with the peel in a large pot, full of salted water. Let them cook for about 40 minutes. Drain them and wait some minutes until theyare cooler and then peel. Mash the potatoes with (I used a fork) and add salt and nutmeg. Whisk the egg in a plate and add it to the potatoes.
  2. Mix the mixture for some minutes, until it will not be sticky anymore. Make a ball with the mixture and roll out into logs, about 1 inch (2-3 cm) thick. Cut them into pieces.
  3. Put the gnocchi on a sheet of kitchen paper and let them rest for 15 minutes. In a pot bring water to boil and cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface (2-3 minutes). Serve with a tomato sauce, or a sauce made with butter, sage and grated cheddar cheese.

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  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness November 7, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Oh my gosh, awesome that you’re in Thailand! I visited there a couple of years ago and it may have been my favorite vacation thus far. LOVED IT! I agree though, it was at times a little tricky to find vegetarian food (or perhaps it was just hard to find a restaurant where anyone spoke English and knew what I was saying, not sure which) but we found a really awesome hole in the wall place to eat where I kept getting awesome vegetable pad thai.

  • Tash November 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Wowweeee! Don’t get me wrong – I love pasta, but it’s never been my *first* meal of choice. Gnocchi however, is a different story…and this is homemade too?! Unreal!
    Pinning 🙂

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 10, 2014 at 2:29 am

    I can’t believe you in Thailand!! I hope you’ll do a post one your time there soon. I can imagine you’ll capture it so beautifully. 🙂

    I think it was smart to enjoy some good gnocchi before you left in case you aren’t able to find it for a while. I love how simply delicious it looks!

    • Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ November 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Sarah. Simplicity is the ultimate ingredient of the Italian food!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen November 12, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Gahhhhh! Daniela, you *have* to share pictures of Thailand. I’ve never been there, so I want to see everything! So glad you are enjoying yourself, and I can’t wait to hear about the next chapter of your life. I’m loving the gnocchi, and it’s so great to have you blogging again. I’ve missed you! xoxo

  • Shashi @ runninsrilankan November 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    You are such an inspiration lady! Wow – that was one big move!

    My daughter was wondering about gnocchi the other day – and wanted me to make some – I think I will be using your recipe to do just that this weekend! Thanks so much!

  • Kumar's Kitchen November 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Daniela,these gnocchi look irresistible with that vibrant tomato sauce…something that only home cooked food provides…yummy comfort and nourishment in every fork full,thanks 🙂

  • Tiff | TiffanyBee.com November 15, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Dani!! Hope you had an amazing journey in Thailand. Some of those beaches…ugh SO GORGEOUS & SO JEALOUS. Love gnocchi – I’ll have to give your recipe a try, but maybe I’ll add a Thai twist to it! Can’t say what vegetarian dishes I’d recommend for you there, I guess you’d have to just go pescetarian to really get the full seafood wonders of Thailand. It’s not impossible, that’s for sure, but I guess I feel like I’d be missing out on the wonderful seafood dishes of Thailand if I stuck to being vegetarian there. The meat I’d give up for sure though, but Thailand has a very strong Buddhist culture, so surely you would’ve found lots of vegetarian & vegan options! Noodles are the way to go there! 🙂 Also, lots of veggie dishes, but I can’t guarantee that they didn’t use fish sauce in them!

    Hope you had an amazing journey. 😀 beautiful photos of gnocchi!!

  • Rosa December 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Ever so mouthwatering! Those gnocchi must taste really good.



  • Bec December 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I LOVE gnocchi… I hope you find some in Thailand however if you dont you can have truely faboulous reunion when you get back! Lovely recipe, I am giving it a go as gnocchi and I are the best of friends. Bec x

  • Vanessa June 3, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Looks delish! I cant find in the recipe when to add the flour? Thanks 🙂