Vegan Gnocchi Made of Tofu

Not your conventional traditional Italian gnocchi recipe. Still these flavourful dumplings have the right consistency of gnocchi and a hint of tofu taste that makes the dish stand apart from any other gnocchi.

When it comes to gnocchi it is all about consistency, not too chewy, not too gummy nor dry. To avert a disaster, tofu must be as firm as possible otherwise you will end up adding too much flour and alter the consistency. I used the Organic original Cauldron tofu, free from genetically modified ingredients and easy to find here in the UK.

It’s the same old gnocchi story, except that it is easier to make because there are no potatoes to boil but just tofu to blend in a food processor together with flour.

Why tofu gnocchi? I love potatoes – how could I not love them? – but I wanted to make a less explored recipe (I could not find online any “convincing” one) and less carb heavy. Honestly, I was far from sure the tofu would blend in as well as potatoes and I’m happy to report the outcome totally exceeded my expectations!

Gnocchi made of Tofu

Yield: 2 people


  • 396 g block firm tofu (2 cups of crumbed tofu)
  • 30 g (1/4 cup)nutritional yeast
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) plain flour. Add more if necessary.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup Fresh tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons basil Pesto


  1. Drain and press the tofu to give it extra firmness. In a food processor, add tofu and plus until it is is at a fine consistency. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper. Next, add the flour and blend together until a ball is formed.
  2. Shape small portions of the dough into long ropes. With a knife dipped in flour, cut ropes into 3/4 inch pieces.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop your gnocchi into the simmering water and allow to cook until gnocchi has risen to the top (3-4 minutes); drain well and top with your favorite sauce. I quickly stir fried cherry tomatoes and added to the gnocchi stirring with pesto.

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  • Reply cakespy June 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Now that’s very clever! Looks absolutely delectable, as well.

    • Reply Daniela June 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      thanks dear! It’s also easy to make (if you have time) 🙂

  • Reply Padma Balaji June 13, 2017 at 1:51 am

    This looks too good! I will give this a try.

  • Reply Alison's Allspice June 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    This is such a creative use for tofu, a great way to sneak some protein into the dish! Pinning for later, Thanks!

  • Reply Britta July 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Was totally delicious eaten with sage and butter! Had to add rather a lot of flour though…

  • Reply Charles September 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Taste and texture were off. The firm tofu granulated texture wasn’t good at all. Though it’s a good idea, next time I’ll try 50-50 with potatoes and/or with soft tofu.

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