Homemade vegan gnocchi made without eggs for an easy-to-follow 3-ingredient recipe. Toss it with a mushroom cream sauce for a rich and decadent meal.
This weekend I tried something new.
I made homemade gnocchi, friends! It took me several attempts to get it right but eventually, I ended up with perfectly pillowy pasta dumplings and, once again, I learned the lesson that homemade is always better. It was a good weekend!
Up until now, I have been so intimidated by homemade gnocchi and pasta recipes that I’ve never attempted them on my own. If you are like me and find the whole process overwhelming, I’m here to make it easier for you. By breaking it down step by step, I’ll show you how to make homemade vegan gnocchi in under 30 minutes with perfect result.
Are you ready? Let’s dig in!
What is gnocchi?
Gnocchi is a popular Italian dish made of boiled cork-sized dumpings. While there are many variations of gnocchi, it is most commonly made from potatoes, flour, and egg. Sometimes cheese, herbs, bread crumbs, and other types of flours are used but most often the flavors are in the sauce. Traditionally gnocchi is served as a side dish to a larger entrée but I prefer it as the entrée itself. When paired with rich, vegetable-heavy sauces, vegan gnocchi is a deeply satisfying meal.
A perfect meal, perhaps, for your Valentine’s Day dinner this year.
Gnocchi can be bought at the store, but true with all pasta, it is much more satisfying to make at home. And the good news is that gnocchi is much easier to make than one would imagine. The preparation is similar to that of pasta; it’s cooked in boiling water and served with sauce.
How to make vegan gnocchi
As I mentioned before, traditional gnocchi is made with eggs. So how do we make vegan gnocchi?
By omitting the eggs and developing the gluten protein in the flour, we can make vegan gnocchi with flour, potatoes, and salt – three ingredients that you probably already have on hand – with no compromise on taste or texture.
Dome Dough Maker
With the absences of eggs, we need to make a special effort to develop the gluten protein in our dough. This helps bind the flour to the potatoes and gives us the gnocchi texture we know and love. To do that, I suggest using one of my newest kitchen tools, the Dome Dough Maker. This is a simple, affordable tool that allows you to perfect all sorts of doughs, pastries, bread, and more. With a simple design, this tool can do so much!
Beyond its ability to develops gluten (with less flour!), the Dome Dough Maker can help shape pastries and pizza dough (hallelujah!), spread butter into sheets for flaky pie crusts, knead bread with ease, and stretch and fold looser dough that requires minimal handling.
Read all about this awesome kitchen gadget here.
Because gnocchi is typically made with eggs to bind together the potatoes and flour, I used the Dough Dome Maker for this vegan gnocchi and it worked beautifully. I had no issue with the texture of my dumplings and beyond that, it required less flour and made far less mess.
Watch this video to see how the Dome Dough Maker is used to make perfect vegan gnocchi.
I highly recommend this kitchen tool. It is small, very affordable, and replaces many other tools that you otherwise may need such as a food mill, pastry blender, bowl scraper, mortar and petal, and a potato ricer. And it does all of that with less mess!
Now, let’s take a look at how to make the perfect vegan gnocchi.
Step One – Make the dough
Peel and cut the potatoes into 1/2″ cubes. Place them in boiling water for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Make sure even the biggest pieces are soft! Strain the water through a colander, shaking off any excess liquid, and place the potatoes in a medium-sized bowl. Now, with the Dome Dough Maker, mash the potatoes until they are completely smooth, using the sides to scrape the bowl as you mash.
Once the potatoes are smooth, add the flour and salt and knead together until a soft dough has formed. You want a dough that is soft without being sticking.
Step two – Roll and cut the vegan gnocchi
One your dough is made, divide the gnocchi into four pieces. Flip it out onto a floured surface and roll each quarter of the gnocchi dough into long ropes (about 1/2″ in diameter). Using a sharp knife, cut the rope into 1″ gnocchi pieces.
Traditionally, gnocchi has indentations made with a fork or cheese grater. This is to give the dumplings cavities to hold the sauce. If you would like, you can gently press indentations on the front and back side of the gnocchi with a fork, although this step is completely optional.
Step 3 – Boiling the Gnocchi
Once the gnocchi is shaped, it is then cooked in boiling water for about 60 seconds. When the gnocchi starts to float to the top of the water, the gnocchi is done. Scoop them out and set aside. Repeat until all the gnocchi has been boiled.
That’s it! A step-by-step guide on making vegan gnocchi at home.
Making gnocchi in advance
Option one – freeze the dough
Gnocchi is a great meal to make in advance. To freeze the gnocchi, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet before boiling and let them freeze all the way through. Once they are frozen, place the gnocchi in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To prepare frozen gnocchi, add it to boiling water straight from the freezer. Frozen gnocchi will take longer to cook but, just like before, look for the first ones to float to the top to know when the gnocchi is done.
Option two – Cook and refrigerate
If you are going to be eating the gnocchi within a couple of days, you can cook the gnocchi as directed below. Once it’s cooked remove it from the boiling water and place it in a bowl of ice water to immediately stop the cooking and chill the dumpings. Strain and toss with olive oil to prevent the gnocchi from clumping together. Store the chilled gnocchi in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To serve, simply toss the chilled gnocchi with warm sauce in a saucepan.
Pro Tip: Because this recipe requires multi-tasking with the mushroom cream sauce, if you are a novice cook, I do recommend making your gnocchi in advance.
Variations of Vegan Gnocchi
For this recipe, I paired my vegan gnocchi with a mushroom cream sauce which I love. However here are a few other sauce options for amazing vegan gnocchi:
While these are all worth trying, I highly recommend starting with this mushroom cream sauce. It’s so good! The sauce is made with golden sautéed shiitake mushrooms mixed with a basic velouté sauce (a white sauce similar to bechamel made with vegetable stock rather than milk) for a rich, creamy, and savory sauce that blends perfectly with our soft homemade gnocchi.
Serving and storing vegan gnocchi
- Once the sauce is made, toss in the gnocchi to coat it. Serve the meal with fresh parsley and pepper. Alternatively, you can lightly sauté the gnocchi in butter to give it a golden shell.
- Cooked gnocchi should be served immediately or tossed with olive oil and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Serve gnocchi with a fresh salad and artisan bread for a fully satisfying vegan meal.
- This meal does not store well. If you won’t be eating it all at once, store the gnocchi and the sauce separately.
And make sure to check out the Dome Dough Maker to make your homemade vegan gnocchi easier and tastier. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this handy kitchen tool might just make the perfect gift!
This vegan gnocchi is made without eggs for an easy-to-follow 3-ingredient recipe. Toss it with a mushroom cream sauce for a rich and decadent meal.
Keyword: Vegan Gnocchi
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 297 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
- 1 pound russet potatoes, (2 medium-sized potatoes)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp. vegan butter, divided
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp unsweetened vegan creamer or non-dairy milk
- 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, chopped
- a few sprigs of fresh parsley
- freshly ground pepper
- vegan parmesan, optional
Peel and chop the potatoes into 1/2" cubes and place them in a large pot of boiling water. Boil for 12-15 minutes, until they are easily pierced with a fork.
While the potatoes are boiling, make the mushroom cream sauce. In a small saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a low simmer. In a separate saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of vegan butter over medium heat. Add the flour, one tablespoon at a time, and mix with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated making a roux. Cook for 30-60 seconds stirring constantly.
Add the vegetable broth, one-half cup at a time, whisking vigorously to avoid the flour from clumping. Whisk until all the vegetable broth is incorporated. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Once thick, remove from heat, whisk in vegan creamer or non-dairy milk, and set aside while you prepare your gnocchi.
Once your potatoes are soft, strain them through a colander shaking off any excess water. Place them in a metal bowl. Using your Dome Dough Maker, mash the potatoes until they are completely and thoroughly mashed.
Add the flour and salt to the mashed potatoes and gently knead it together with the Dome Dough Maker until it forms a soft dough. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
On a floured surface, divide the dough into four pieces. Roll each one out evenly into a long rope that is 1/2" - 3/4" in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut the rope into 1" pieces. Make indentations with a fork on the front and back of each dumpling (this is optional).
In small batches, place the gnocchi in boiling water and boil for about 60 seconds. The gnocchi is done when the pieces float to the top. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and set them aside. Repeat until all the gnocchi has been cooked.
To finish the sauce, heat the remaining tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms and sauté for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Strain the thickened velouté sauce through a fine mesh strainer and add to the mushrooms. Stir in the gnocchi and serve immediately with fresh parsley, freshly ground pepper, and vegan parmesan (optional).
Gnocchi is a great thing to make in advance. To freeze the gnocchi, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet before boiling the dumplings and let them freeze all the way through. Once they are frozen, place the gnocchi in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To prepare frozen gnocchi, place it in boiling water straight from the freezer. Frozen gnocchi will take longer to cook but, just like before, look for the first ones to float to the top to know when the gnocchi is done.