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Vegan Gnocchi From Scratch

Recipe for simple vegan Gnocchi made from scratch. You’ll only need 3 ingredients and they’re really easy to make. And they even taste better than the store-bought ones!

Vegan Gnocchi made from scratch in the pan

I can’t believe making vegan gnocchi from scratch is that easy!! I don’t even know what took me so long. I have tried making vegan gnocchi years ago, but they didn’t turn out as I expected (they fell apart while cooking them). I think I have either used the wrong potatoes and or have not added enough flour. At that point, I thought eggless gnocchi don’t work. Then I had a long time of not trying them again until I did. I’m so glad!

Vegan Gnocchi made from scratch in the pan topped with oregano

These vegan gnocchi made from scratch turned out perfect, so of course, I have to share the recipe with you. They are fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi! And the best part is, you’ll only need 3 ingredients: potatoes, salt, and flour. Does it get any easier than that? I don’t think so.

Vegan Gnocchi Sauce

I served the gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce and nutritional yeast because I wanted the gnocchi to be the star of the dish. But there are so many possibilities for sauces! What about gnocchi tossed in a basil pesto or wild garlic pesto? Or a creamy mushroom sauce? Or fried until crispy tossed in olive oil, herbs, and spinach? Mhh!

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For mashing the potatoes, I’ve used a potato ricer. With that little help, making the potato dough was a matter of 2-3 minutes and the dough was so smooth and soft.

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The plate left shows the gnocchi fresh out of the boiling water (so fluffy and puffy!). On the right, you see the potato dough. And below are the gnocchi before they’ve hit the water. I simply cut the potato dough rope with a knife. If you want to you can give them the authentic gnocchi-look by rolling them over a fork. But I stuck to the gnocchi-pillow-look!

Pro tip for perfectly fluffy gnocchi

I’d recommend cooking one test gnocchi first, that way you can try out the consistency and adjust the potato dough as needed. If the test gnocchi is too soft, work more flour into the dough. Repeat the step until you’re happy with the consistency and until the gnocchi are fluffy and hold together nicely.

Vegan Gnocchi made from scratch in the pan topped with oregano

Gnocchi FAQ

Can you freeze gnocchi?

Absolutely! After boiling them, drain them, rinse them under cold water, let them cool off, fill them into a ziplock bag or freezer-safe glass container and freeze for up to a couple of months. 

How to reheat frozen gnocchi?

If you want to use your frozen gnocchi, boil them in a pot of water again until they float on top (make sure to try one gnocchi so that they are not frozen in the middle), then pan-fry or add the sauce.  They are good as new! 

More Vegan Gnocchi Recipes

I hope you’ll enjoy this gnocchi dish as much as I do! You can always experiment with adding different herbs, spices, and add-ins!

Let me know if you give this recipe a try! I’d love to hear how it turns out for you.

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Vegan Gnocchi made from scratch in the pan

Vegan Gnocchi From Scratch

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for simple vegan Gnocchi made from scratch. You’ll only need 3 ingredients and they’re really easy to make. And even taste better than store-bought ones!
4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Vegan
Servings 2
Calories 515 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ingredients for homemade vegan gnocchi from scratch

  • 4 medium-large starchy potatoes (russet potatoes are best!)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour + more flour for dusting the workspace
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the tomato sauce and toppings

  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • fresh oregano for garnish
  • nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top

Instructions
 

Instructions for the vegan gnocchi from scratch

  • Peel the potatoes and boil them until they’re soft (better overcook than undercook!).
  • Drain the potatoes and let them cool down until cold enough to handle. Then mash the potatoes. I used a potato ricer for that.
  • Add the salt and flour and knead it with your hands until a smooth dough forms. You can add more flour here if you feel like it needs more, otherwise, I’d recommend breaking off a small part of the dough and make a test round.
  • Bring a large pot with water to a boil and add in the test-gnocchi. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes. Once it swims on the surface, it’s ready. Try it. If your test-gnocchi is too mushy and soft, add more flour to the dough and knead again until incorporated. If you’re happy with the fluffiness and consistency, you can quarter your potato dough and roll it into a rope on a floured surface. Then cut them into individual pieces.
  • Transfer the gnocchi into the boiling water (work in batches) and let them cook until they swim. Use a skimming spoon to drain them and transfer them to a large saucepan. Repeat for the rest.

Instructions for the sauce

  • For the sauce, I simply mixed the tomato puree, salt, pepper, and dried oregano and poured it over the gnocchi in the saucepan and heated it up. I sprinkled fresh oregano and nutritional yeast flakes on top and served it with a leafy green salad. Enjoy!

Notes

Can you freeze gnocchi? Absolutely! After boiling them, drain them, rinse them under cold water, let them cool off, fill them into a ziplock bag or freezer-safe glass container and freeze for up to a couple of months. 
How to reheat frozen gnocchi? If you want to use your frozen gnocchi, boil them in a pot of water again until they float on top (make sure to try one gnocchi so that they are not frozen in the middle), then pan-fry or add the sauce.  They are good as new!

Nutrition

Calories: 515kcalCarbohydrates: 115gProtein: 14gSodium: 622mgPotassium: 2108mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 335IUVitamin C: 31.2mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 7.1mg
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Recipe Rating




Jehans

Friday 28th of May 2021

I don’t recommend this recipe at all. I did about five different tests until the finally didn’t fall apart in the water and had to pretty much add four times the amount of flour the recipe asked for. It still came out a soft gummy mess.

The sauce was good, but for the amount of gnocchi this makes, use a whole 28oz can of tomato puree. 2 1/2 teaspoons dry oregano, 2 1/2 teaspoons of dry basil, three cloves of fresh minced garlic and salt/pepper to taste will make it much better. I only would have had enough sauce for two bowls (maybe 1/4 of the gnocchi) if I followed the amount of puree the recipe called for.

Emily

Friday 1st of March 2019

Mine completely fell apart in the water. What did I do wrong??

Bianca

Monday 4th of March 2019

If they fall apart in the water, then the potato-flour ratio was off. My tip is to boil one test gnocchi first, that way you can try out the consistency and adjust the potato dough as needed. If the test gnocchi is too soft or falls apart, work more flour into the dough. Repeat the step until you're happy with the consistency and until the gnocchi are fluffy and hold together nicely.

Hannah

Thursday 12th of January 2017

There's nothing better than a well made fluffy gnocchi! These are gorgeous :)

Bianca

Monday 16th of January 2017

Thank you Hannah! And I completely agree, homemade gnocchi are the best! :)

Rebecca Strength and Sunshine

Tuesday 10th of January 2017

Gnocchi is my favorite <3 I always feel so accomplished making it with love and from scratch <3

Bianca

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Yes, I can totally agree, it's a great feeling making gnocchi from scratch! :)