Instant Potato Gnocchi Recipe
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Instant Potato Gnocchi Recipe

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This tasty gnocchi is much easier than it looks and contains almost no saturated fat. “Just serve with your favorite jarred pasta sauce, and you’re set!” Sarah Ott — Blanchardville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • Pasta sauce of your choice
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 250 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Place potato flakes in a large bowl. Stir in boiling water; add egg. Stir in flour and seasonings. On a lightly floured surface, knead 10-12 times, forming a soft dough.
  2. Divide dough into four portions. On a floured surface, roll each portion into 1/2-in.-thick ropes; cut into 3/4-in. pieces. Press and roll each piece with a lightly floured fork.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Cook gnocchi in batches for 30-60 seconds or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon. Serve with sauce; sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Instant Potato Gnocchi in Healthy Cooking February/March 2010, p12

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NHL User ID: 7140809 120641
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"It's fast and easy to prepare. I added Johnny Garlic's seasoning to it and it is great with chicken Parmessan. NHL"

kc2295 User ID: 663252 106242
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"This was a real hit for dinner last night. I did change it up a bit. I made mashed potatoes and doubled the spices. They came out very soft and yummy."

Carol39110 User ID: 1932804 146033
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"This is good, but I am still working on my technique so the gnocchi isn't as tough."

annsway1 User ID: 1667005 175147
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Cool the potatoes to luke warm before adding the egg or you'll have scrambled egg in this recipe. I wouldn't change anything else. This is a modern recipe the young people should enjoy!"

Sally Miner User ID: 1714177 170069
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"This was very easy to make and my husband and I really enjoyed it. I agree with other posters I think I will change up the spices maybe adding Italian seasoning and oregano. This is a keeper!"

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 186443
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I love this recipe! the best part is I can always put some uncooked gnocchi aside for a nice lunch the next day. The kids and hubby enjoyed it"

tweenke1 User ID: 4792789 106236
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"Easy to make and yummy! I would add more seasoning next time (maybe some italian seasoning)"

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