When it comes to pasta, no doubt most of the time, we reach for whatever pasta shape we’ve got handy in the pantry.
An Italian pasta alternative is Gnocchi. It’s potato-based and it’s an expert at sticking to flavorful sauces and serving up pillowy soft bites while cooking in half the time.
Need some ideas for how to cook store-bought gnocchi? Read on for tips and easy weeknight recipes.
Gnocchi are little Italian dumplings that are made of potatoes, flour, and eggs, rolled into a dough that’s cut into little bite-size pieces, and then boiled.
Gnocchi can be bought in one pound or 16 ounce packages. They are also sold with additional flavors, like sweet potato, basil or spinach.
You can find shelf-stable gnocchi vacuum-sealed in the pasta aisle or in the refrigerated section near the fresh noodles.
Italian Gnocchi With Basil Pesto
Cooking With Gnocchi
It’s a given that store bought gnocchi is not the same as fresh made.
We recommend not to treat store-bought gnocchi like homemade gnocchi.
Boiling store bought gnocchi like you would fresh, can have a tendency to get waterlogged and gummy.
But, when you roast them in the oven or cook them in a skillet, with a little olive oil to facilitate browning, they crisp on the outside and stay chewy and pillowy soft in the middle.
If you choose to boil your store bought gnocchi, keep in mind the texture will vary slightly depending on the brand and style of gnocchi you bought. Just follow the package instructions on the cook-time accordingly.
Typically it’s 2 to 5 minutes. The rule of thumb is, you’ll know when their done as the gnocchi will rise to the top of a pot of boiling water.
According to the website, The Takeout, “There’s a reason sheet tray gnocchi recipes are so popular. It actually works. Oven roasting gnocchi is the same technique you’d use for potatoes, so I now think of shelf-stable gnocchi as simply potatoes.”
Ready to get started – Try one of these gnocchi dishes, roasted, pan cooked and even a recipe to cook it in a soup.
One Skillet Creamy Gnocchi with Asparagus and Bacon – Amazingly tender gnocchi bathed in a creamy sauce with asparagus, shallots, bacon and the wonderful flavor of thyme.
One Skillet Pumpkin Alfredo Gnocchi With Bacon & Sun Dried-Tomatoes – Loaded with pumpkin flavor, Alfred sauce, cream, bacon, sun dried-tomatoes and mascarpone cheese, all come together in only 35 minutes and is the perfect main or side dish.
One Skillet Creamy Gnocchi With Italian Sausage & Kale – This Creamy Gnocchi With Italian Sausage & Kale is comfort food at its best. Cooked in one skillet and it’s easiest to prepare and very delicious, flavorful and did we say yummy!
Gnocchi & Chicken Vegetable Soup – This homemade gnocchi chicken vegetable soup is the perfect comfort food.
Oven Roasted Gnocchi With Sausage & Peppers – There’s nothing as delicious as roasted Italian sausage and peppers. Add pillowy soft gnocchi and you have the perfect dinner.
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Gnocchi – The relatively small amount of sun-dried tomatoes used in this recipe gives a gourmet touch and a burst of flavor. Ready in 30 minutes.
Crisp Gnocchi With Brussels Sprouts & Brown Butter – A golden-brown butter pairs well with pan fried vegetables. Add lemon zest, red pepper flakes, sweet raw honey and pillowy soft gnocchi – wow – The Perfect Comfort Food.
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