Get Gnocchied Up!

Since my daughter is in the same Pre-K class that my son attended we knew about different activities that my family would be asked to participate in. Two years ago everything took us by surprise, but this time we were ready! One of the first ones in the year is Multicultural Night and I love this event! Our school is very diverse (most papers home come in English and Spanish) and is becoming more and more every year. Each family is asked to bring in a dish representing their ethnicity and then there are activities in each classroom.

My go-to potluck meal is gnocchies. When I was growing up I always requested them…everywhere we went. They were they only way that this (half) Italian girl would eat sauce (I was a buttered pasta kid). One day when I was in middle school (I think) my Aunt Deb taught me how to make them with my Grandma’s recipe. Now I use the term recipe lightly because these are significantly easier than one would ever imagine…just time consuming.

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

That’s it. Riccotta Cheese and Flour. Done. Maybe a sprinkle of salt.

The first step is to fill a large pot with water and put it on to boil. Then dump your container of Riccotta into a large mixing bowl.

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

After you do that fill your container with flour and add it to your bowl. This is where I add a sprinkle of salt, but do not feel obligated.

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

When you mix these two together you are going to get a pretty sticky dough. DO NOT add more flour! You are going to be rolling the dough out on a floured surface in meer moments!

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Now like a said this is where we “roll” out the dough, in small sections, on a floured surface. My cutting boards were in the dishwasher so I had to suffer with a dinner plate. I just use my hands to flatten out the dough because your main purpose is to cover it and take away the stickyness.

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Now you are going to pinch off small sections and roll them into a ball and add a dimple to the center. Some people think that this is just for looks, but it actually serves a purpose. This is where the sauce sits in the pasta 🙂 I love that!

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Now here I have the raw gnocchies stacked but I do not advise this unless they are heavily floured! I was making and quickly cooking since it was past bedtime and all three kids were circling like vultures. You would think that I didn’t feed them!

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Fresh pasta is different than store bought. It cooks much quicker (and tastes better!) When the water is boiling add a handful of raw gnocchies and DO NOT STIR! When they are fully cooked they will float to the surface and you can scoop them out add add to your sauce.

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly CaffeinatedGet Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Gnocchies are amazing fresh, but just as good reheated! We put these in the crockpot to reheat before heading to Multicultural Night and they were gobbled up. In fact I have a small Tupperware container saved for my lunch tomorrow!

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

This is the plate that Liam (my picky 6 year old) made for himself. He finished this and went back for seconds (read: desserts) all on his own. My kids are finally hitting the age that I can let them go off on their own a little (he was pretty safe since we were in a daycare center) and I am so proud. When we came 2 years ago my husband and I were spazzy because we had a 4, 2 and 1 year old with us and everything was unfamiliar. Now we know all of the teachers and they all came up to talk to us. Our kids were running around with their friends and doing activities like making dessert sushi and playing Flag Freeze. As sad as it can be that they are growing up, it is AWESOME to see them turning into their own people.

Ah gnocchies…they basically just mean family to me. Is there a food that represents your family?

 

Get Gnocchied Up! - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated


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39 Comments

  1. Stephanie (@wifemommyme)

    I think our little guy would love these. He will pretty much eat anything that has sauce on it.

    • mrsdmeeks

      So he is the opposite of me when I was little! These would be a great food for kids to help make too since you are just rolling dough into balls 🙂

  2. Leah

    Those sound heavenly! I will have to try and make some myself!!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Let me know how they turn out

  3. tianna

    lovely recipe! I always wondered how these were made. They’re pretty delicious and I’m Italian so these are must!

    • mrsdmeeks

      As an Italian it is your responsibility to make these!!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thanks!! It’s nice to have a simple pasta recipe 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thanks!! I can’t wait to try you Buffalo Chicken Balls…my husband is a hot sauce addict!

    • mrsdmeeks

      You’ll love them…and so will the kiddos 🙂

  4. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I could have sworn I had commented on this post before! My bad!

    These look and sound spectacular! I;m totally going to have to make these.

    Thanks for sharing (and for including this post in the #SHINEbloghop)! I love having you as a co-host Anne Marie!

    Wishing you a lovely evening.
    xoxo

    • mrsdmeeks

      I hope you enjoy them!!

      And thank you SO MUCH for letting me co-host with you again! Always a GREAT experience 🙂

  5. Vicky E

    I’m trying to cook more food from scratch at the moment and this is the perfect recipe to try! It looks so delicious I have to try them!

    • mrsdmeeks

      This is a good recipe to start with because they are very simple! Good luck, and let me know how they turn out!

  6. dishofdailylife

    I made these once with my husband’s Italian grandmother but I have since forgotten how to do it! Thanks for the recipe! I think I am inspired to try again!

    • mrsdmeeks

      I’m glad I could help!! Never hurts to earn some brownie points with the hubby! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Joanna

    These look so good, and so easy to make! For some reason I thoughts that gnocchi was a difficult dish. Thanks for sharing!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Isn’t it always nice to find out something is easier than expected 🙂

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  10. Michelle Furlong

    I always thought these would be difficult. You make it look so easy. I’m inspired to try. Thanks for sharing. Found you at the Pretty Pintastic Party

    • mrsdmeeks

      YAY! The day my aunt taught me how to make these changed my life! 😉

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

  11. monicageglio

    Looks amazing. I make fresh bread regularly… I should start making homemade pasta! Thanks for this easy recipe. I’m excited to test it out!

    • mrsdmeeks

      These are the EASIEST pastas you can make! You will become addicted 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

  12. Jennifer – The Deliberate Mom

    AHHHHH! You totally reminded me that I have to make this! Pinning this to my Deliberate FOOD board.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • mrsdmeeks

      Hehehehe You HAVE to make them! I am actually making them later today to take to a friend! Have an AMAZING day!

  13. Katie | The Surly Housewife

    These look so yummy!! And easy 🙂

    I always chuckle at gnocchi. My girls saw it being made on Food Network so they occassionally make “gnocchi” with their play-doh!

    Stopping by from the ShineHop!

    • mrsdmeeks

      hahahaha That is something I totally would have done! I promise that these gnocchies are much tastier than Play Doh 😉

      Have a great week!

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