Clean out the Fridge – Sweet Potato Gnocci

This week was the week before grocery shopping, and we still had some sweet potatoes in the fridge that needed to be used. I love pasta, any kind of pasta, it is my favorite thing in the entire world, so, straight away, even though I have never made it before, I knew that I had to make sweet potato gnocchi!

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This recipe only has 3 ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato (2 medium to large)
  • Plain or Wholegrain flour (2 cups)
  • Salt (1 teaspoon)

And it was a pretty simple recipe too:

First, I put the sweet potatoes on to roast. I put them on about 180 degrees Celsius and then I went to watch tv (it was my afternoon of relaxation). I think they were roasting for about an hour, but it was basically until they were soft to press through with a knife.

I waited for them to be cool to the touch and then I peeled the skin off (it came off easily by just pulling) and mashed them with a fork. I purposefully didn’t use a mashing implement, because it would have made it too soggy.

Once mashed, I added the salt and the flour. I mixed them in, and then I had to add another cup of flour, as my mix was still soft. It should have the texture of a pasta dough and should be able to be touched without sticking to your hands.

Next, I rolled out the dough into long rolls about 1-2cm thick and clopped them into 2cm wide pieces and left them to sit for 20 minutes. I set up a pot of boiling water and placed the gnocchi pieces in. I had to do mine in two batches – don’t overfill the pan, as you know when the gnocchi is cooked when it floats to the surface.

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Then, I pulled them out immediately and left them to cool while I made the sauce, and then we ate! It was delicious and I am excited to make it again! There were even some leftovers that I had for lunch the next day.

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