Easy Gnocchi

Cookin' Mimi | Easy freezer friendly gnocchi made with instant potatoes.

Gnocchi are little potato dumplings and I love them. You can do so many things with them. They are fabulous in soup, you can top them with your favorite pasta sauce, or even just toss them with some butter, parsley, garlic and Parmesan cheese for a quick as a wink side.

For a long time I wasn’t able to buy already made gnocchi so I learned to make my own and even now that I can purchase premade gnocchi locally I prefer the homemade version.

I must confess that the potatoes in this particular recipe are of the instant variety. I don’t own a potato ricer and I don’t see that changing in the near future so I have no problem using instant potatoes in my gnocchi.

Easy Gnocchi

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 1 cup Instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place potato flakes in a large bowl. Pour water over flakes and stir.
  2. Mix in the egg, flour and seasonings. Knead on a lightly floured surface until a soft dough forms.
  3. Divide in half and roll each half into a 1/2 inch thick log. Cut into 3/4 inch pieces.
  4. Roll each piece on a lightly floured fork to make the grooves.
  5. Cook in salted boiling water until the gnocchi floats. Remove with slotted spoon and use as desired.

Freezing directions:

  1. Once you’ve made the grooves in the gnocchi, place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Place in labeled freezer bag.
  2. When ready to use continue as directed above.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

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  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Pinned this, Micha!!

  2. I’ve never made this before, it DOES sound easy and I’ll bet they are delicious!!

  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I had to stop by and let you know that I made this tonight in my Crispy Pesto Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Black Olives and Feta recipe – these were so good and EASY. Micha! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂


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