Homemade Gnocchi …And Mushroom-Bacon Sauce

Making you own, homemade gnocchi is magical.

It will bring you a very special, exciting feeling of triumph – like now that you can make your own gnocchi you can do really anything.

Or maybe it’s just me – estimating my future life through my food accomplishments.

Maybe I’m just weird.

Nevertheless, making gnocchi is really easy.

So please, PLEASE, don’t you ever believe anyone who’ll try to tell you something different.

Because to make it, all you have to do is to mix four simple ingredients into one ball, cut it into teeny-tiny pieces and drop it into a pot of boiling water.

Simple as that.

I’ll show you what I mean – just have a look:

These are the ingredients we need – for the gnocchi and for the delicious, creamy mushroom sauce, too.

1. Let’s start by boiling the potatoes.

To make that – place them in a pot filled with water, bring to boil and let cook until the potatoes soften.

You can check whether they are cooked by sticking a knife in their centers – if it runs smoothly and there’s no resistance, then it’s done.

This process should take about 25-30 minutes.

2. Strain the potatoes and let them cool – just until they are cool enough to be handled with your hands.

(You can speed up this process by placing the cooked potatoes into a pot of cold water for a couple of minutes.)

3. Using a knife, peel the potatoes.

4. Then, using a potato masher preferably (Did you hear that Petra? When are you going to get that?) mash the potatoes.

5. Add the flour, egg and salt and combine with a rubber spatula.

6. Then go on and commit the worst gastronomic sin of them all – mix by hand with you nail polish applied.

Yes Petra, you heard well, you are guilty.

7. Knead the mixture by hand a couple of times until a compact ball forms.

The dough is not going to be extra smooth so don’t worry about that.

8. Place the dough onto a well floured surface.

9. Then using a sharp knife, cut the dough into eight even pieces.

Form a ball from each piece and then roll each ball into this long skinny cigar-shaped log.

10. Using a knife, cut the log.

Continue, until all of your dough is cut.

11. Pour water into a larger pot and bring to boil.

12. Drop about 20 pieces of gnocchi into the boiling water, let cook and stir them gently once (so that they don’t get stuck to the bottom of the pot).

When the gnocchi float to the top, let them cook for additional 20 seconds.

13. Remove them from the water…

… and place them into a larger pot or bowl with some vegetable oil inside.

14. Toss the cooked gnocchi around the pot so that they mix with the oil and don’t get stuck together.

15. Repeat the process with another 20 pieces and then again and again.

And that’s it for the gnocchi.

Now onto the sauce.

1. Melt the butter in a larger pan.

2. Chop the onion.

3. Chop the garlic.

4. Add the onion and the garlic into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes stirring constantly.

5. Now chop the mushrooms.

I’ve used champignons but you can use any kind you like.

6. Then grab some parsley…

… and chop it real good.

7. Add the mushrooms and the parsley to the pan and stir-fry for another 5 minutes.

8. Chop the bacon and add it in.

Stir and fry for 3-5 minutes.

9. Then add the cream and the broth and cook for another 5 minutes.

10. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste.

Yummy.

Enjoy, dear friends.

24 Responses to Homemade Gnocchi …And Mushroom-Bacon Sauce

  1. 1
    Tes says:

    The mushroom and bacon sauce looks sensational. I love this recipe so much, I just wanna make it tonight.

  2. 2

    It looks delicious. Love how you’ve divided the dough. Definitely easier that way.

  3. 3

    That looks sooooooo good!

  4. 4
    Cookin' Canuck says:

    I would be quite happy to eat spoonfuls of this sauce. Your gnocchi looks so pillowy soft.

  5. 5
    Zom G. says:

    Those gnocchi look masterful! I’ve just resolved to give it another go {attempt #1 was not.good} myself. A light touch & fluffy potatoes, I think & we shall have it. lovely blog you have!

  6. 6

    We made squash gnocchi several times in the fall, and found, for reasons we couldn’t explain, that our gnocchi were a better consistency the day *after* we made them. Any ideas what we may have been doing wrong?

  7. 7
    gamyklele says:

    It looks so delicious!yummy :)

  8. 8
    newdressaday says:

    Gnocchi makes me swoon. This recipe looks ridiculously amazing! Can’t wait to try my hand at it!

  9. 9

    Gnocchi is such an easy thing to make and so tasty. I like your mushroom/bacon sauce. Photo is beautiful!

  10. 10

    yum yum yum! this looks amazing, petra! plus, it seems easy to make and lord knows i only make things that are easy cuz i’m kitchen/cooking impaired. :) thanks for posting such a great variety of food and recipes. i think i’ll have to try baking the cherry pie too (it’s one of my dad’s favorites…i see a father’s day gift in the making!). hope you’re having a great weekend! :)

  11. 11
    Hazel says:

    Oh my goodness, looks great! I have always wanted to make Gnocchi, I look forward to finally giving it a go! And the sauce… super yum!

  12. 12
    presleyanne says:

    This sauce is like boscaiola, right? Yummmm. It does look easier to make gnocchi than I would have thought. Love the picture of them all in a row just after you cut them.

  13. 13
    Coyote says:

    The gnocchi looks yummy but Petra looks yummier…

  14. 14
    Caroline says:

    I wanted to thank you for inspiring me to make gnocchi – I used your recipe with wonderful results! If you’d like to see it, you can find it here. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  15. 15
    Beltane Witch says:

    This mushroom sauce was exactly what I was looking for for my home-made gnocchi – it was incredibly creamy and full of flavour, we enjoyed it immensely :) I only wish I found your recipe for gnocchi as well before I decided to make them, because there really is a whole campaign going on to convince us how utterly hard it is to make them – I was really nervous, worrying they’d be too hard or starchy, and they turned out just fine… So, thanks for this great recipe! :)

  16. 16
    Sharon says:

    Delicious! I did not have any parsley so to have something green, I added asparagus. It was delicious! Also did not have any cream so just used a little extra olive oil. Thank you for the recipe!

  17. 17
    Stacey Sheppard says:

    My boyfriend is Polish and made some Polish dumplings for us yesterday for the first time. I quickly realised that they are the same as gnocchi. His recipe was absolutely delicious so we decided to make them again today but I wanted to find a nice sauce recipe. That’s when I found your mushroom and bacon sauce. We’ve just tried it and it was the best sauce I have ever had with gnocchi! Absolutely divine!!

  18. 18
    murph says:

    absolutely great recipe. i have made it many times as is, but it can be tweaked to meet your taste. i have used herbs such as thyme or rosemary. i have also made boiled the gnocchi ahead and then sauteed in olive oil right before serving to brown it a bit. and the sauce can be made a day ahead as well.

  19. 19
    Mandy says:

    Can you freeze the gnocchi? Of so, how long do you think it’ll keep?

  20. 20
    Lila says:

    Oh my this looks absolutely delish!
    I am sooo trying this 2night :)
    Nom nom nom

  21. 21
    Thea says:

    This looks absolutley delicious! I really want to try it out, but I’m just wondering, how many persons is your recipe for?

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