Sweet potato gnocchi is delicious! It's very easy to make with 3 ingredients and 30 minutes. It's a tasty, easy dinner recipe.
Easy homemade gnocchi
Gnocchi is surprisingly simple to make at home and is a fantastic way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
This recipe is super easy to whip up with just a few affordable ingredients and minimal prep. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes.
I made mine with mashed sweet potatoes as I love the flavour and sweetness that it brings.
It really is a matter of just mixing three ingredients together, then rolling it out and cutting it.
Boil for a few minutes and presto - gnocchi from scratch!
You can adapt this recipe with normal potatoes or even purple potatoes.
Try adding herbs or spices for a bit of variety! You could even make it with this easy instant pot mashed potato.
Ingredients and kitchen utensils
There are only a few ingredients and kitchen utensils that you will need to make sweet potato gnocchi.
Sweet Potatoes – or substitute normal potatoes
Flour - all-purpose plain flour
Salt – I like using a nice sea salt
Water – Use filtered water for the best results.
Potato Peeler – You will need this to peel the sweet potatoes
Knife – A sharp knife to cut the potatoes into chunks, and to cut the gnocchi pieces.
Pot – A large pot big enough to hold the sweet potatoes and boiling water and also to cook the sweet potato gnocchi in.
Mixing bowl – to mix the mashed sweet potatoes, flour and salt.
Countertop or large cutting board – you'll need space to roll out the gnocchi.
Fork - to get the classic lines on the gnocchi.
I packed quite a lot of vegetables into this meal, as I always try to do. Using sweet potatoes brings extra nutrients to the gnocchi and a quick spinach sauce gives it flavor and veg!
Recently, it has been in the press that we should be aiming for 10 portions of fruit/veg a day, rather than the current government guidelines of 5.
I've had this in mind a lot recently and although it's not always achievable, there are plenty of ways to make it easier.
By stocking up on frozen and fresh fruit and veg, I love that I can just use what I need and it won't wilt or go off.
Are sweet potatoes healthy?
Sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants and dietary fiber and antioxidants. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium and Iron.
Standard white potatoes have slightly less sugar than sweet potatoes, but sweet potatoes are higher in both Vitamins A and C.
I always want green at every meal, plus I needed something to cut through the richness of the gnocchi.
So, I used onions, garlic and spinach to quickly make this creamy spinach sauce. It's the sort of sauce that can be used in many dishes.
It's very versatile and I always have my freezer stocked with the ingredients when fresh aren't available.
You could also try serving this homemade gnocchi on Caponata all Siciliana.
Sweet potato recipes
Looking for more recipes to use up sweet potatoes? Try my Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, Sweet Potato Frittata, Collard Green Wraps with Sweet Potato or Spiralized Sweet Potatoes.
Or how about dessert?
Maple Parsnip Cake with Sweet Potato Frosting.
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Easy Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Spinach Sauce
For the Sweet Potato Gnocchi
- 1 lb (3 medium) sweet potatoes or 2 cups/500g mashed sweet potatoes
- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (plain flour) plus extra for dusting
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
For the Creamy Spinach Sauce
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ½ onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt or sour cream or soya cream
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Salt and pepper
For the sweet potato gnocchi
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1" cubes. Add to a pot of boiling water and boil until soft, about 12 minutes.
- Heat the mashed sweet potato in a pot to remove excess moisture. If there are still any lumps in the mashed potato, mash it again until smooth. Allow the potato to cool.
- In a large bowl, mix the mashed potato with half of the flour, and the salt, and mix well. Add more flour, a little at a time, to get a thick dough consistency. You may not need all of the flour. Knead the dough well to ensure the flour is all incorporated.
- Divide the dough into four equal pieces and on a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a long thin strip - about ½ inch thickness. Make a cut every 3cm, to create equal bite-sized pieces.
- Lightly dust each piece with flour, and press on them gently with a fork to create small indentation marks. Store in the fridge until ready to cook.
For the creamy spinach sauce
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent, then add the garlic and cook, stirring, for a further minute. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts.
- Transfer the spinach mixture, along with the cream and nutmeg, to a food processor or blender and whiz until smooth. Taste and season well.
Cook the gnocchi
- When you’re ready to cook the gnocchi, but a large pan of salted water onto the boil. Add the gnocchi pieces, then turn the water down to a simmer.
- Cook for a few minutes until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve with the spinach sauce.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
We made this last night. Realy good. I added some chopped sage herbs to the potatoes (I didn't use frozen, I made the potato fresh). Will made again. DIdn't try sauce.
This gnocchi was so easy. I don't shop at Iceland often, but I did have some of the frozen sweet potato so I found this recipe online to use it up. It was a bit messy to roll out, but well worth it. Super yummy. I didn't have spinach so skipped the sauce and just had it wiht olive oil and parmesan.
Yum.... what a colourful spread you've put together. Sweet Potatoes are in season & cheap as chips here where I live so I'm absolutely going to give this recipe a go. Thanks for sharing.
Isn't it amazing the sort of frozen food you can get these days! I love your home made gnocchi
Whenever I see gnocchi... I always think about how badly everyone seems to BUTCHER is on the show Top Chef. Yours however looks like something Tom & Padma would OOOOOHHH and AHHHHHH over!
My first reaction upon seeing the photo was "Hmmmm...good"! I love spinach and anything pasta-like mixed together. I think I might try my hand at this dish
Mmmmm, I love the look of your gnocchi Kate and what a genius idea using ready prepped mashed sweet potatoes for it!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
I have only made gnocchi once, with regular potatoes. Loved it, and this recipe certainly sounds delicious. I did have "sweet potato" gnocchi on my "to make" list. Thanks for the great recipe.
Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
Love the way you have packed the veggies in. Great combination of sweet potato and spinach and so good for you with the iron
I think sweet potatoes and spinach are a match made in heaven! Your gnocchi look gorgeous, and SO inviting! YUM 🙂
I have never made gnocchi before but going to give this recipe a try as it sounds so good! I try to eat 10 fruit and veg a day but it can be hard mixing it up, it helps being a vegetarian!
Love the idea of adding Coconut Cream to Spinach. Always have a bag of it in my freezer. So convenient to add to all sorts of dishes to bulk them out and add greens.
I always have frozen spinach as well. You can make so many dishes with it!
Your mom sounds like an amazing person and so is my mom. I would definitely try this recipe.
Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
What a neat recipe! I always thought it was a bit more harder to make gnocchi! I gotta give this a try soon!
It really is surprisingly easy!
I've tried the chocolate hazelnut marquise cake from Iceland Foods and it's really really good! The gnocchi look so perfect, you're making me really hungry now!
The marquise is divine! And the gnocchi is super easy 🙂
Yum! Your gnocchi look absolutely perfect! I love how easy the meal is to put together using frozen ingredients. So delicious and good for you too!
Frozen ingredients really does make this a speedy meal!
J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
Three ingredients to get to all of this deliciousness?!? I'm in! I've never had sweet potato gnocchi but it sounds and looks amazing!
It really is that easy! I hope you give it a try.
Julia @ HappyFoods Tube
What a great recipe. My mom would make similar spinach sauce when I was a kid. Love the sweet potato gnocchi and can't wait to try making them myself!
I hope you enjoy the sweet potato gnocchi!
Ali @ Home & Plate
Wow that looks delicious. I have never made my own pasta but making gnocchi looks easier than the longer versions. I think the flavors are a great combination and what a delicious way to end the day.
Gnocchi is definitely easier than pasta! I hope you get to try it!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Gnocchi is one of my favorite things to make homemade!
It's so quick and easy, isn't it!
Oh wow I am loving this recipe! I just recently made a cream sauce out of cashews but would you believe it I've been vegan for years and NEVER bought any creamed soy ! I will have to make this recipe and try out these products
I hope you enjoy it! I love cashew cream, but some dishes just need something a little lighter - hence creamed soy!
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
I actually have a bag of their sweet potato mash in my freezer so I am so gonna make this. 🙂
I hope you enjoy it!
Lisa | Garlic & Zest
I've made sweet potato gnocchi and while I love it, it's an endeavor. Even just two pounds of potatoes can turn into a mountain of work! Kudos to you for taking on the dragon!
I found it surprisingly easy to make! Quite theraputic to mash, mix, roll and cut!
It's so lovely having Mum nearby, mine moved from the Midlands about 8 years ago and it's been a lifesaver! I've got that very bag of frozen sweet potato (well, not THAT bag, that's yours, but the same stuff from Iceland) in my freezer right now and my lot love gnocchi to that's dinner sorted!
I hope you enjoy it! It's lovely having mum nearby x
This sounds amazing! I'll definitely have to try it out!
This looks so nice!! I love spinach and sweet potatos, so would love to try this
Andrea @ The Petite Cook
Oh my! Gnocchi are one of my fav things in the world, and yours look, simply perfection (said from an italian is a true compliment)! I could eat something like this everyday 🙂
A true compliment indeed! You've made my day 🙂
Your mum sounds wonderful and so does this gnocchi. What a brilliant idea to have mashed sweet potato readily available. Iceland keep adding such interesting new products to their frozen veggies.
Iceland really do have some great products!