sweet potato gnocchi with spinach and walnuts

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spinach and Walnuts

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop, Microwave
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with spinach and walnuts is fun to make and scrumptious to eat!


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound baby spinach, rinsed well
  • ½ cup walnut pieces


  1. Poke a few holes in the sweet potatoes with a fork, wrap them in a damp paper towel and cook them in the microwave for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Let them cool.
  2. When they are cool, scoop as much of the sweet potato insides as you can manage into a large mixing bowl. Mash it up a little with a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Add the ricotta, the egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and a pinch each of salt and pepper to the potato and mix thoroughly. Add the flour in about ½ cup increments, mixing it in gently with clean hands, until you have a soft dough.
  4. Dust your counter with a little more flour. Divide the dough into four sections, and then roll each section into a rope on your floured surface – you want it to be about one inch thick or so.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut the ropes into 1 inch long gnocchis. If you want to get extra fancy, you can gently press the tine of a fork into each one to get those classic gnocchi lines – they help hold the sauce!
  6. Now you are ready to make the sauce! Melt the butter in a large deep skillet over medium high heat.  Add the white wine, then the baby spinach and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the walnuts and remaining Parmesan and toss.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it liberally. Add the gnocchi and cook it until it floats to the top.  Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and add them to the skillet with the sauce.  Toss very gently.
  8. Scoop out a cup or so of the water the gnocchi cooked in and drizzle enough into the skillet to make a light sauce, tossing gently again as you go.
  9. Divide among warmed bowls, garnish with Parmesan and a little fresh ground pepper and serve!


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