Pumpkin gnocchi is a delightful twist on the classic Italian potato gnocchi. With its rich, earthy flavors and vibrant orange hue, this dish brings a seasonal flair to your table, particularly during the fall. Originating from Italy, gnocchi has been a staple in Italian cuisine for centuries. The addition of pumpkin adds a unique sweetness and depth, making it a favorite among foodies and home cooks alike.

pumpkin gnocchi recipe


Before we start, let's gather everything you need:

  • Pumpkin (2 cups, roasted and pureed) - Recommended varieties are Sugar Pumpkin or Butternut Squash.
  • Flour (2 cups, all-purpose) - Adjust as needed for dough consistency.
  • Egg (1 large)
  • Salt (1 teaspoon)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon, freshly grated)
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional, for added flavor)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Pumpkin

  1. Roasting the Pumpkin:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds.
    • Place the halves on a baking tray, and cut side down.
    • Roast for 45-60 minutes until the flesh is tender.
    • Once done, scoop out the flesh and mash until smooth.
    1. Steaming the Pumpkin:
    • Peel and cut the pumpkin into chunks.
    • Steam the chunks for about 20-25 minutes until soft.
    • Mash or puree the pumpkin until smooth.

    Making the Gnocchi Dough

    1. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, flour, egg, salt, and nutmeg.
    2. Mix until a soft dough forms. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, a little at a time.
    3. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently until smooth.

    Shaping the Gnocchi

    1. Divide the dough into smaller portions.
    2. Roll each portion into a long rope, about 1/2 inch in diameter.
    3. Cut the ropes into 1-inch pieces.
    4. To shape the gnocchi, use the back of a fork or a gnocchi board to create ridges. This helps the sauce cling to the gnocchi.

    Cooking the Gnocchi

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    2. Add the gnocchi in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pot.
    3. Cook until they float to the surface, about 2-3 minutes.
    4. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.

    Sauce Recommendations

    Pumpkin gnocchi pairs beautifully with a variety of sauces. Here are a few suggestions:

    • Sage Brown Butter Sauce:
    • Melt butter in a pan until it turns golden brown.
    • Add fresh sage leaves and cook until crispy.
    • Toss the cooked gnocchi in the sauce.
    • Creamy Pumpkin Sauce:
    • Sauté garlic and onions in a pan until soft.
    • Add heavy cream and pumpkin puree, stirring until combined.
    • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.
    • Toss the gnocchi in the sauce and serve with grated Parmesan.

    Serving and Garnishing

    To make your pumpkin gnocchi look as good as it tastes:

    • Arrange the gnocchi on a warm plate.
    • Drizzle with your chosen sauce.
    • Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or sage), and a sprinkle of black pepper.

    Storage and Reheating

    • Storage:
    • Uncooked gnocchi can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.
    • For longer storage, freeze the gnocchi on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. They can last up to 2 months.
    • Reheating:
    • If frozen, cook the gnocchi directly from the freezer, adding an extra minute to the cooking time.
    • Reheat cooked gnocchi by sautéing them in a bit of butter until warmed through and slightly crispy.


    Now you know how to make delicious pumpkin gnocchi right at home! This delightful dish combines the comforting flavors of pumpkin with the traditional texture of gnocchi, making it a perfect meal for any occasion. Ready to elevate your culinary skills even further? Book a call with one of our experts and discover more ways to refine your style and choose staple ingredients for your kitchen. Happy cooking!

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