Gnocchi Recipe with Variation Sage Butter

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I would like to introduce my Gnocchi Recipe to you here.

In addition I show you the simple supplement with sage butter.

This is how an idea ready to eat is put on the plate in an article 🙂

I am a big fan of these little Italian cams. They are healthy, because they are mainly made of potatoes and above all they are delicious!

The small dumplings are a great hors d’oeuvre for your menu. As a main course they harmonize with various sauces. 

The best information at the end: Gnocchi are very easy to make according to my basic recipe. You can do that in no time at all!

So, now I wish you lots of fun in the kitchen and good luck!

1. Shopping List for Making Gnocchi Yourself

Let me make one thing clear:

My basic ingredients are:

  1. Floury potatoes
  2. One quarter to one third flour as a proportion
  3. One egg (optional)
  4. A little bit of salt
  5. Freshly grated nutmeg

If you are short on time, you can find quite passable pre-produced goods on the shelves of the supermarkets. This is definitely possible for a quick variation.

Uncooked gnocchi
Fresh gnocchi on the board.

2. Recipe Gnocchi


Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 538
Total Time 50 Min.
Preparation Time 30 Min.
Cook Time 20 Min.

Simple basic recipe for the preparation of gnocchi.

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Gnocchi with sage butter recipe picture
Gnocchi Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Gnocchi Basisrezept

500 g floury potatoes (e.g. Ackersegen or Bintje)
150 g flour (This is also available gluten-free.)
1 pc egg
3 pinches Salt
3 pinches nutmeg


10 pc leaves of sage (fresh sage)
2 tbs oil (for deep-frying sage)
80 g clarified butter
1-2 pinches Salt (I use primal salt or Himalayan salt.)
1 pinch Pepper
1 pinch nutmeg


50 g grated parmesan


Gnocchi basic recipe

Boiled potato and grater
Boiled potato and grater

Prepare potatoes

To make the gnocchi dough, cook floury potatoes as jacket potatoes for about 20 minutes.

Pour off the cooked potatoes, let them evaporate and let them rest over night.

The next day, remove the skin from the Potatoes

Next place a suitable high saucepan on the stove with about 2 litres of water and add 1 tablespoon of salt.

Bring to the boil.

Grate the potato
Grate the potato

Grate potatoes

Now grate the cold potatoes with a tower grater or put them through a potato press.

Grated potato
Grated potato

Continue processing

Pick up the potato mixture with the dough scraper and place in a mixing bowl.

Gnocchi dough - the ingredients - in the bowl
Gnocchi dough – the ingredients – in the bowl

Add ingredients

Add the grated potatoes with flour and egg. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Gnocchi dough
Gnocchi dough

Knead dough

Quickly knead the mixture with your floured hands and form a dough ball.

Gnocchi dough roll
Gnocchi dough roll

Shape dough

Sprinkle some flour on a large wooden board and roll sausages as thick as a man’s thumb out of the dough.

Cut the gnocchi dough
Cut the gnocchi dough

Cutting dough

From the dough sausages now cut off approx. 1 cm large pieces with a sharp knife.

Shape the gnocchi with a fork
Shape the gnocchi with a fork

Shape gnocchi

Either press in the gnocchi pattern with a long fork or roll the dough buttons over the back of the fork.

Boil the gnocchi floating in salted water
Boil the gnocchi floating in salted water

Cook gnocchi

Put the noodles into the boiling water and let them steep for about 2-3 minutes.

Lift the gnocchi out of the salted water with the skimmer
Lift the gnocchi out of the salted water with the skimmer

Remove gnocchi

Scoop the small dumplings out of the water with a skimmer.

Sage butter for gnocchi

Whole fresh sage leaves deep-fried
Sage crispy in the pan, you can also prepare parsley or basil in this way.

Prepare sage

Heat some oil in a pan.

Put fresh sage leaves in the hot pan and deep-fry them.

Remove the fried leaves from the pan.

Put them on a kitchen towel to drain and season with salt.

brown butter on spoon
brown butter on spoon

Prepare butter

Heat and brown the butter.

Then pass it through a stainless steel hair sieve into a bowl.

Brown butter or nut butter
Brown butter or nut butter

Provide butter

Allow the brown butter to cool slightly for final preparation.

Finish Dish

Finely grated parmesan
Parmesan or pecorino go well together.

Grate cheese

Grate Parmasan finely.

Gnocchi with sage butter served on the plate
Gnocchi with sage butter is a classic of Italian cuisine.

Arrange and Serve

Add freshly cooked gnocchi to the nut butter in the pan and toss.

Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Use a tablespoon to lift the dumplings out of the gnocchi pan and place on the plate.

Garnish with the fried sage leaves.

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!



3. Nutritional Values

4. Tips for Making Gnocchi Dough Yourself

Boiled mealy potatoes are our main ingredient. You can cook with or without peel, I leave that to you. I tend to cook in the skin, it gives more starch.

Use a floury potato variety like Afra, Agria, Bintje, Lilly, Finka…

I recommend that you cook the potatoes a day earlier and only prepare them in the dough the next day. If you only have a shorter lead time, you should make sure that your cooked potatoes are already cooled down before you process them further.

My Chef Tip: Boil your potatoes at best 1 day before preparation.

Now we have removed the skin from our potatoes and want to make them doughy. There are several ways to get the tubers into the dough:

I tend to use the grater. There’s nothing Italian about it, my grandmother used to grate potatoes for finger pasta with the grater.

I have adopted this method and have remained true to it. After all, the cooked potatoes get a little more love when they are carefully grated by hand. 

Potato grater and boiled potatoes. Grated by hand is easy and fast.

Once the potatoes are grated, you can use them to prepare the dough. A picture says more than 1000 words…

Prepare potato dough with boiled potatoes, flour, salt, nutmeg and egg.© Thomas Sixt Foodphotgrapher I Kamera Canon EOS RP

After kneading the dough briefly, form even rolls on a floured large board.

Form potato dough into rolls. Here, manual labor is the order of the day. © Thomas Sixt Foodphotographer

5. Frequently Asked Questions

Can gnocchi be made without flour?

Use maize starch instead of flour, gluten-free flour is a good choice for a gluten-free diet.

How do I know that gnocchi are cooked to perfection?

Place the potato gnocchi in boiling salted water, then let them simmer slightly. The gnocchi are ready when they float to the surface.

How can I make gnocchi vegan?

Do not use egg and increase the proportion of flour or starch. Form a sample dumpling and place it in the boiling water. If the dumpling does not fall apart, you can form the whole dough, otherwise increase the starch content by adding cornflour.

How can I prepare gnocchi without a potato press?

Grate the cooled potatoes with the fine kitchen grater and then prepare a gnocchi dough.

Can I freeze gnocchi?

You can freeze shaped gnocchi on a baking tray. Use more flour when shaping the gnocchi so that the dough pieces do not stick to the baking tray when shock frozen. You can put the frozen gnocchi in a bag and then cook them directly in boiling water as needed.

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