I have been married to an Italian American man for almost 23 years. I have learned a lot of recipes and tasted amazing Italian dishes over the years because of his love for Italian Food. Of course if you want to satisfy your hubby‘s taste palette, you gotta try and be brave to cook dishes that he enjoyed eating growing up. When I was growing up, we ate rice every day. When my husband was growing up, he ate pasta every day. I recall how my mother-in-law was in such disbelief when she saw me open a jar of marinara sauce. She nicely explained why I should never serve her son jarred sauce- EVER! From then on, she taught me how to make homemade gravy (as they called it).
My husband belongs to a big family, he is one of six children. The family has 14 grandchildren. A lot of wonderful memories on weekends when my mother in law would make her sauce and meatballs. As soon as you walk into an Italian household, you can smell the cooking that is so heavenly!
My father-in-law sometimes cooks too. One weekend I observed him kneading this big ball of dough- I was intrigued and started asking him a lot of questions on what he was cooking. He explained that he was making gnocchi! So I decided to stand next to him and he went through the whole production of making these famous Italian potato dumplings.
I said to myself- I will try to impress my hubby and make this one day- only because whenever my husband and I would go out to an Italian restaurant, my husband would order this dish and devour it! This is one of his favorite dishes to eat!
So I became ambitious! I made it and surprised him with it one evening.
When tackling something that you know will bring so much joy to someone, you make sure you do it right. This creation needs a lot of love and patience!
Make sure you’ve got nothing planned because you’re going to be kneading the dough until you get the right consistency. It may just be 3-4 ingredients – but the work is on the preparation of the dumpling.
So when I served this dish to my family, my husband and kids raved about it! They described it as “incredible”!
I also want to add that my brother Raffy who’s an amazing cook has made these Italian Potato Dumplings too! He also inspired me. 🙌🏻
So here it is: Easy Gnocchi:
- 4-6 Medium Russet Potatoes
- 1-1/2 C All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 Egg
- Add potatoes to a large pot of water. Let potatoes boil for 20-25 minutes, or until a fork can easily be inserted
- Drain and cool potatoes
- Once cool, remove skins of the potatoes and mash potatoes
- Add salt and pepper
- Add 1 egg and combine it with the potatoes.
- Knead the dough: Add flour until the dough loses stickiness and becomes a solid mass.
- Slice dough into 4 parts, take one part and roll it out into a long rope, about an inch wide.
- Using an overturned fork, slide each gnocchi square over the fork prongs till they look like a corkscrew.
- Boil a large pot of water. Add salt. Once boiling, add gnocchi. Remove them as soon as they float and transfer them to a pan with your preferred sauce. Since my family loves my marinara sauce, simply- I add a hefty serving of warm sauce on top of my gnocchi. Serve with love.
Now, my kids request this dish! 😀👍❤️