Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce Recipe

Learn to make authentic homemade gnocchi with our step-by-step recipe, perfect for a comforting meal any day.
A plate of homemade gnocchi served with rich tomato sauce, garnished with fresh basil and grated cheese, next to a cloth napkin and fork.

After a day of mental gymnastics involving coding, graphic design, and theoretical physics, the polymath finds solace in a comforting bowl of Gnocchi. This Italian dish, with its soft, pillowy texture and rich tomato sauce, provides a much-needed respite. For him, making Gnocchi from scratch is akin to his design process—meticulous, creative, and deeply satisfying.

A plate of homemade gnocchi with tomato sauce, garnished with grated cheese and fresh basil leaves, next to a bowl of grated cheese, a fork, and a cloth napkin.

Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce Recipe

A blonde woman in a white suit smiling at a table.Sarah Thompson
Soft, pillowy potato dumplings served with a rich tomato sauce and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Meal Type Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 359 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $6
Shopping Cost$20


  • Large pot
  • Colander
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Fork
  • Saucepan


  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • basil leaves Fresh, for garnish


  • Boil the potatoes in their skins until tender, then peel and mash them while still warm.
    2 lbs russet potatoes
  • In a mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes, beaten egg, flour, and salt. Mix until a dough forms.
    1 egg, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Divide the dough into sections and roll each section into a long rope. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Press each piece lightly with a fork to create ridges.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi in batches until they float to the surface, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  • In a saucepan, heat the tomato sauce until warm. Toss the cooked gnocchi in the sauce.
    2 cups tomato sauce
  • Serve hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, basil leaves


For a richer flavor, brown the gnocchi in a skillet with butter after boiling.
Use a potato ricer for smoother gnocchi.


Calories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 12gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 1.331mgPotassium: 1.378mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 621IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Comfort Food, Dinner Recipe, Gnocchi, Homemade, Italian Cuisine

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