After having chicken and gnocchi soup at our local Olive Garden, I though I’d give it a try at home, but I didn’t have gnocchi on hand. Since my mom grew up around the corner from DeLallo’s in Jeannette, Pennsylvania (you HAVE to go there at least once in your life!), I figured I’d hunt up a gnocchi recipe they might approve of (such as this one).
I ended up using this other recipe as a starting point, but in the future, I might double the potatoes and add a cup of ricotta cheese (or my fill-in for ricotta, at least, since next time I want to make this, I’m bound to not have ricotta on hand!).
To speed things up, I steamed my russet potatoes in the skins in my stovetop pressure cooker; this is helpful to minimize the moisture absorbed by the potatoes (could have used the Instant Pot, but this felt more back-to-my-roots). After steaming them, I peeled the potatoes with a quick dip in cold water to slip the skins off then quickly drained them –the heat of the potatoes dried them quickly.
Instead of using a traditional ricer, I “riced” the potatoes in a bowl with my potato masher that sort of rices the spuds.
Once I had a dry mash in the bowl, I added the flour, egg, and a pinch of salt, then folded it all in to gently make a soft dough. I didn’t want to knead it for fear of toughening the dough. While pasta dough should be sort of the consistency of play-dough, I wanted this potato dumpling dough to be softer and pillowy. Once it all held together, I dusted it with flour, patted into a loaf of sorts, then divided into ropes about an inch thick.
After cutting each rope into small “pillows” — I toyed with the idea of leaving as is, but opted to roll slightly and mark with a fork. (I don’t have anything to make the traditional gnocchi line markings, so this would have to do. I wouldn’t mind having the butter/gnocchi paddles I listed for you at the bottom in my Favorite Picks!)
They look a bit dry because of the flour dusting, but the dough really was tender and moist.
While the dough sat, I heated a bit of olive oil in my pot, then sauteed minced onion and a bit of minced red bell pepper. I added three cloves of minced garlic just before adding 4 cups of chicken broth, 2 cups of turkey (no chicken on hand tonight, but LOTS of frozen chopped, cooked turkey!), and a bit of pepper and All-Purpose Seasoning.
After that came to a rolling boil, I dropped in the chopped fresh spinach and the gnocchi — I used only half the batch, but might use more next time. The gnocchi only cooks for a few minutes, till it pops to the top. In this video, you can see how it rises to the top as it cooks:
You can also see in this still photo how the little puffs of potato dumplings rise to the top as they cook:
That took only about 3 minutes, so I could stir in a cup or so of heavy cream, heat for about 30 seconds, and dinner was ready… A hearty soup for a chilly winter night!
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