Love Gnocchi? 7 Ways to Make Gnocchi from Veggies

Try beet gnocchi for a colorful dumpling.

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Gnocchi (pronounced “NYOH-kee”) is a little Italian dumpling made from potatoes and flour, but it has a milioni variations. Sometimes, it’s made with only flour—no spuds. Many people make it with ricotta for a cheesy twist. Plus, if you’ve been to Trader Joe’s, you’ve probably seen their frozen cauliflower gnocchi. Why stop there? Turns out, there’s a lot of different ways you can make gnocchi from veggies.

1. Pumpkin gnocchi

… Or try it with other winter squashes, like butternut squash. This gives gnocchi an autumn twist, so it’s the perfect complement to your favorite cozy sweater. Plus, it adds some extra vitamin A to your plate.

Find out how to make pumpkin gnocchi at From the Comfort of My Bowl.

2. Broccoli gnocchi

Okay, this one’s going to blow your mind. You can use broccoli stems (!) to make gnocchi. This way, you can get beautiful green gnocchi while cutting down on food waste. Additionally, you’ll get some of the nutritional perks of broccoli, like fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.

Check out this broccoli gnocchi from Jessica Goldman Foung here.

3. Beet gnocchi

If you love colorful food, this vibrant magenta gnocchi made from beets will be right up your alley. The roasted beet puree adds unique flavor and un-beet-able color. Beets are also a surprisingly good source of vitamin C (perfect for cold and flu season).

Find out how to make beet gnocchi at Savoring Italy.

4. Sweet potato gnocchi

Sweet potatoes have a similar structure to white potatoes, so they make an easy replacement for gnocchi. As an added bonus, they’re less starchy than potatoes. (Learn more about non-starchy vegetables here.)

Check out how to make sweet potato gnocchi from Healthy Kitchen 101.

5. Cauliflower gnocchi

If you like Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, try to make it yourself! Cauliflower gnocchi is a low-carb, high-fiber twist on the traditional gnocchi. It has a neutral flavor, so you can pair it with whatever sauce is caul-ing your name.

Find out how to make cauliflower gnocchi at Skinny Taste.

6. Eggplant gnocchi

Eggplant doesn’t always get enough credit. While many people relegate this veggie to nothing but eggplant parmesan, a little creativity to transform it into gnocchi.

Check out how to make eggplant gnocchi from Scratchin’ It.

7. Parsnip gnocchi

Parsnips are similar to potatoes (you can even sneak them into your next bowl of mashed potatoes), but they have a slightly earthy flavor. Make these in the winter when root veggies are cheap and in season.

Find out how to make parsnip gnocchi at Not Eating Out in New York.

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