A specific variety of Italian pasta called gnocchi is created with simple components, mainly flour and potatoes, and can be served in various tasty ways. They make a delicious side dish and complete a perfect first course.
In this article, we recommend that you try an original recipe for pumpkin gnocchi so you can enjoy all the advantages of this autumn produce. Their soft texture and delicate flavor make them a hit at the table in any of their forms. Learn how to make pumpkin gnocchi step by step and make a note of potential substitutes so that you can have a “round” dish with minimal effort in the kitchen.
- ½ kilo of pumpkin (already peeled)
- 150 – 180 grams of flour
- 1 spring onion
- 1 egg
- Salt and black pepper
- 150 grams of Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil for frying
- 1 clove of garlic (optional)
- 1 small tablespoon of butter
- Get the first ingredients ready. Remove the pumpkin’s skin, seeds, and internal strands before cleaning and dicing it into medium-sized pieces. Cut the spring onion into little pieces as well; sweet onion can be used in its place.
- A few teaspoons of olive oil should be heated in a frying pan before adding the pumpkin and onion chunks and cooking them over medium heat. The pumpkin ought to be disintegrating gradually. After around ten minutes, you’ll notice that it starts to become softer. Add some salt and freshly ground pepper at this point to taste. After a brief period of stirring, turn off the heat.
- If you want to add a hint of garlic to your pumpkin gnocchi, roast the vegetable in the oven or frying pan as you sauté it.
- The next step is to mix the pumpkin and onion to create a fine cream, so transfer both ingredients from the pan to a food processor or blender to create a cream or puree. Don’t forget to add the roasted garlic to the masher as well if you’re going to add it.
- Crack and beat the egg in a bowl, then stir in the pumpkin puree and a liberal amount of Parmesan cheese (approximately 3/4 of the total).
- With the aid of a fork, thoroughly combine these ingredients before gradually adding the flour. It should be added in small batches and mixed continuously until you have a homogeneous dough that is flexible but does not adhere to your hands.
- The pumpkin gnocchi needs to be shaped after the dough has been prepared. Flour your hands and the flat area you’ll be working on. Take a tiny (2 cm) piece of dough and form it into the preferred shape—more or less spherical or rounder. You can make some superficial striations on the gnocchi using a knife or fork.
- Finally, add a teaspoon of butter, a handful of coarse salt, and water to a boil. Place the gnocchi in the pot and heat it for a short while. Remove them as soon as you notice that they are rising to the surface to prevent them from becoming excessively soaked or breaking apart. You may now enjoy them alone or with a fantastic sauce after thoroughly draining them and adding the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Make the most of the pumpkin season by experimenting with other recipes that call for this ingredient if you enjoyed the one for the gnocchi.
- Pumpkin gnocchi is an easy dish to prepare that you can customize by adding any spices or fragrant herbs that you want to the puree, for example, a little parsley, a pinch of nutmeg, or a dash of ginger root.
- Another choice is to bake the squash in the oven before pureeing it.
- This gnocchi can be made by mixing pumpkin and potato. In this instance, prepare the pumpkin cream and incorporate one or two potatoes that have been baked and then mashed with a fork. If you go with this option, you only need to add half as much flour into the dough.
- Now when the pumpkin is in its prime, dare to prepare pumpkin gnocchi. Not only will the pumpkin give them a hint of sweetness, but it will also provide you with a healthy serving of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), vitamins C and E, and lycopene, all of which have strong antioxidant properties and are great for protecting your health.
- Keep in mind that there are plenty of sauces at your disposal that goes great with pumpkin gnocchi and improve their flavor. Delicious alternatives are those based on flavored olive oils (garlic, pepper, etc.) or those made with soft cheeses and cream.