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Sweet Potato Gnocchi


Sweet Potato Gnocchi


Serves 10-12


  • 2 1 lb red-skinned sweet potatoes, rinsed, patted dry, pierced all over with fork

  • 1 12 oz container fresh ricotta cheese, drained in sieve 2 hours

  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)

  • 2 tbsp (packed) golden brown sugar

  • 2 tsp plus 2 tbsp salt

  • ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg

  • 2¾ cups (about) all-purpose flour


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sweet potatoes on plate; microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes per side or bake at 375 degrees until soft, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Cut in half and scrape sweet potato flesh into medium bowl and mash; transfer 3 cups to large bowl. Add ricotta cheese; blend well. Add Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons salt and nutmeg then mash to blend. Mix in flour, about a ½ cup at a time, until soft dough forms.

  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into 20-inch-long rope (about 1-inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. Cut each rope into 20 pieces. Roll each piece over tines of fork to indent. Transfer to baking sheet.

  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil; add 2 tablespoons of salt and return to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, for about 5 to 6 minutes.

  5. Divide gnocchi and sauce among shallow bowls.