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simple and delicious sweet potato gnocchi recipe

Simple and Delicious Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe

This simple delicious sweet potato gnocchi recipe is easy to make & a yummy addition to your meal plan. The optional cilantro pine nut pesto sauce takes it to the next level!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword gnocchi, sweet potato
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 327 kcal


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white flour

Additional flour for dusting


  1. Bake the sweet potato in your oven (400º F for about 30-40 minutes) or in your microwave (5-8 minutes)

  2. Allow potato to cool until you are able to handle it. Mash. I like to use my potato ricer for best results, but a hand masher or fork will work too. 

  3. Add remaining ingredients to the sweet potato. 

  4. Fold and knead the dough until it is smooth and no longer sticky – much like pizza dough

  5. Divide the dough into 3 or 4 parts to make it more manageable. 

  6. Roll out each part into a rope of dough, about 1” wide. 

  7. Slice each rope into ½ inch pieces. 

  8. You can leave these pieces as is, but adding the grooves is what really makes gnocchi special. This allows each piece to really hold onto whatever seasonings or sauce you’re using. You can buy a special gnocchi paddle (I finally did – they’re inexpensive and so helpful!) or use a fork. Simply roll each piece over the paddle or fork. 

  9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the gnocchi for a minute or two until the float to the top. 

  10. Drain. Toss in a frying pan with a bit of butter, lemon juice, and basil for a minute or two or simply toss in a bowl with my cilantro pine nut pesto sauce.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Simple and Delicious Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.