Dive into a plate of homemade gluten-free gnocchi in less than 30 minutes! Only handful of ingredients – ricotta, gluten-free flour, egg, and a little parmesan cheese – makes the best from scratch, authentic-tasting recipe ever!
best recipe for gluten-free gnocchi
Being raised in a first-generation Italian household meant shunning store bought-pasta. My Italian Gramma and mom cut fresh pasta for everything from simple family dinners to celebratory holiday meals.
While sadly was never able to give this gluten-free gnocchi recipe her stamp of approval, Mom and I give it an emphatic thumbs up and enjoy it with gusto!
- Simply mix, roll, and cut. Prep is fast and easy with no potatoes to peel, boil, use a potato ricer, or mash!
- Enjoy fresh, homemade gnocchi in less than 30 minutes!
- Using ricotta means your gnocchi won’t taste like mashed potatoes, which a lot of potato mixture recipes have a tendency to emulate.
- Tastes like “real” Italian gnocchi instead of a subpar gluten-free stand-in.
I love the simplicity of ricotta gnocchi because it’s so fast and easy to throw together and consistently turns out. I’ve found potato gnocchi adds a long extra step, plus the varying moisture content of potatoes doesn’t make for the best results.
Although my Italian Grandmother and mom always made pillowy potato dumplings, I found this didn’t work well using something other than wheat flour. Instead it tasted mashed potato nuggets.
Using ricotta cheese instead makes this version less labor-intensive, and replicates the beloved taste and texture I grew up on!
If you are looking for an easy, hands-off dish to serve with it, try dump and bake chicken cacciatore!
- Whole Milk Ricotta
- Olive Oil
- Parmesan Cheese
- Gluten-Free Flour (See notes below on best gluten-free flour to use)
How to make Gluten-free gnocchi recipe
(Below shows step-by-step photos and modified instructions. For the complete recipe, along with ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card.)
- In a large bowl whisk together ricotta, egg, olive oil, and parmesan. Stir in 2 cups gluten-free flour blend into the dairy mixture until it’s well mixed and the dough comes together.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it together until it becomes a smooth ball. Flatten the ball into a thick disc and cut into 4 sections.
- Roll two sections into long ropes. Cut 2 ropes at one time in ½” pieces. If desired, use the tines of a fork to make ridges. Transfer the cut gnocchi to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining 2 sections.
- Boil water in a medium sauce pan. Cook the pieces of dough in small batches, about 1/8 of the batch at a time. Add the gnocchi in the boiling water, give a brief stir to prevent sticking, and then cook until they rise to the top and are fork tender.
- Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to lift the cooked gnocchi out into a large colander. Repeat with the remaining pasta. Immediately serve or toss with butter or tomato sauce.
boiling gluten-free gnocchi
I don’t recommend adding salt to the boiling water when cooking gluten-free pasta. The salt absorbs in the starches too much, making an overly salty dish.
When cooking gnocchi, they are normally pulled from the boiling water as soon as they float to the top. However, with GF gnocchi it’s best to let them boil 30-45 seconds longer after floating to the top to ensure they’re fully cooked. Undercooked gnocchi will taste grainy and unpleasant.
recommended gluten-free flour
Unfortunately not all gluten-free flours are created equal and perform differently depending on the recipe. For more information on which GF flour to use with varying recipes, check out my best gluten-free flour post.
Therefore, when testing homemade gluten-free gnocchi, I wanted to make sure the results would be consistent depending on the flour. Unfortunately they were not.
King Arthur Measure-for-Measure Gluten Free Flour – Came together and rolled nicely. However, it tasted doughy and grainy after boiling with an unpleasant taste. When I tried cooking it in a sauce, the gnocchi was mushy and did not hold shape.
Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour – Similar results as King Arthur. The shape held together, but the ricey, grainy taste was very unpleasant.
Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour (winner) – Came together and rolled nicely. The first time I added a little too much flour and the bite was a little gelatinous, even though the taste was good. The second time I only added about 1 tablespoon additional flour, just enough so the dough wasn’t sticky. The texture was much better and the taste had no hint of “gluten-free.” The gnocchi also performed well in boiling water or cooked in a sauce.
ways to enjoy gluten-free Gnocchi
- Sauté in garlic butter (cook in boiling water first)
- Served with marinara or bolognese
- Dumplings in soups
- Cooked in a sauce, instead of boiling separately
Gnocchi doesn’t necessarily have to be shaped, meaning the ridges pressed into them. This is done so the sauce seeps into the groves.
In fact, my Gramma never did this, and I don’t either because it’s just an extra step and time. However, if you do want authentic-looking homemade gnocchi, use the tines of fork or a gnocchi board.
cooking fresh gnocchi in a sauce
You may cook gluten-free gnocchi in a sauce, rather than boiling water, but it works best if you used Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour . When I tried this with pasta made from other flours, it broke down and became mushy.
boiling from frozen
After being cut, the gnocchi may be frozen on baking sheets and then transferred to a ziplock freezer bag once solid.
To cook, add less gnocchi to the water than with freshly made gnocchi. Too much frozen pasta at once will drastically reduce the water temperature, so they will become mushy as they cook longer.
substituting part-skim ricotta
I haven’t tried this, but if possible, I would stick with the whole milk ricotta. The water content of the ricotta will increase with skim, which will most likely alter the outcome.
How much does this recipe make?
Store bought gnocchi is often sold in one pound packages, which is what most recipes call for. Gluten free ricotta gnocchi makes approximately 2 pounds, but you can always freeze half for later!
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Easy Gluten-Free Gnocchi (30 Minutes!)
- 15 ounce whole milk ricotta
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (Cup 4 Cup highly recommended), plus more for rolling dough
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together ricotta, egg, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. Stir in 2 cups flour until well mixed and the dough comes together.15 ounce whole milk ricotta,1 egg,1 tablespoon olive oil,¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese,2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (Cup 4 Cup highly recommended),
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface or silicone rolling mat. Knead the dough together until it becomes a smooth ball. If necessary, sprinkle a little more flour in (1-4 tablespoons) until the dough just no longer sticks to your hands.
- Flatten the ball into a thick disc and cut into 4 sections. Roll two sections into long ropes, about 1 inch thick.
- Carefully rub a little flour on a sharp knife blade and cut 2 ropes at one time in ½" pieces. If desired, use the tines of a fork to make indentations. Transfer the cut gnocchi to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining 2 sections.
- If preparing straight away, transfer the baking sheets to the refrigerator while a large pot of salted water boils. Otherwise, transfer the baking sheets to the freezer to freeze until solid, then transfer to airtight ziplock bag.
- Boil the gnocchi in small batches, about 1/8 of the recipe at a time. Add the gnocchi to the boiling water, give a brief stir to prevent sticking, and then cook until they rise to the top. TIP: For gluten free gnocchi, it's best to leave them in about 30-45 seconds longer after rising to make sure they are cooked through.
- Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to lift the cooked gnocchi out into a large colander. Repeat with the remaining pasta. Immediately serve or toss with desired sauce.
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- Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour is highly recommend and yields the best taste and texture. However, the pasta will become a little gelatinous if too much flour is added, so add just enough so the dough losses it stickiness, about 1-2 tablespoons more. Always spoon and level the flour into the measuring cup for best results.
- Freezing – After being cut, the gnocchi may be frozen on baking sheets and then transferred to a ziplock freezer bag once solid. Freeze up to 3 months. TO COOK: add less gnocchi to the water than with freshly made gnocchi. Too much frozen pasta at once will drastically reduce the water temperature, so they will become mushy as they cook longer.
- Can I cook fresh in a sauce? Yes, but this works out best if you used Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour to make your ricotta gnocchi. When I tried this with pasta made from other flours, it broke down and became mushy.
- How much does this recipe make? Makes approximately 2 pounds, but you can always freeze half for later!
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