Gnocchi and meatballs

The other weekend I had a guest over for the weekend, a red haired, little gourmand that happily ate everything I cooked for her. She had eggplants and tofu pasta and pork rolls stuffed with apples and prunes and apparently loved it all. On the last night, I prepared some little cute gnocchi, which I paired with just as cute little meatballs. And those were a big hit too. I loved having Luci around for the weekend and I hope she liked spending the weekend with me too.

These gnocchi are perfect for the little ones and are great for adults too. Luci seemed to particularly like the meatballs, while I was very happy to eat them that night and the leftovers the day after.

Gnocchi and meatballs

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 Servings

Gnocchi and meatballs


    For the gnocchi
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 sweet potato
  • flour as needed
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • For the meatballs
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 pinch sage
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil


    for the gnocchi
  1. Boil the whole, unpeeled potatoes until cooked through (about 20 minutes). When cooked, drain the potatoes and peel them. Place them in a colander and place the colander over the hot pan so that the potatoes can steam dry.
  2. Once the potatoes are dry and cool enough to handle, mash them using a potato ricer and add the grated parmesan and 2 tbsp flour. Mix the dough adding more flour if needed. The dough should stop being sticky, but should stay rather soft.
  3. Roll the dough out in long sticks and cut them in gnocchi a tad bigger than an hazelnut. Cook them by throwing them in salted boiling water in batches of about 20 gnocchi at a time. Fish them out as soon as they start floating and drain them.
  4. For the meatballs
  5. Mix the turkey with the breadcrumbs, the sage, salt and pepper. Roll the meat into meatballs more or less the same size as the gnocchi.
  6. Cook the meatballs in a hot pan with a bit of olive oil. Mix the gnocchi and the cooked meatballs. Shave a generous amount of parmesan on top and serve hot.


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58 Responses to Gnocchi and meatballs

  1. Gitte says:

    Gnocchi is one of my favorite Italian food. I love the potato/sweet potato combination 🙂

  2. Angie says:

    This looks INCREDIBLE!!!
    The Squishy Monster =D

  3. Cucina49 says:

    Your guest was lucky–no matter what age, I can’t imagine someone turning down a bowl of this.

  4. first time in ur space n i absolutely love it…gnocchi is something new to me and with the addition of meatballs it looks so delectable….thnx for the recipe :-)I’m ur new follower now !if u like seafood recipes, I hav a blog only on fish recipes… visit my space in ur free time 🙂

  5. Now this is a recipe that my kids would just love… gnocchi and meatballs are two of their favourites and bring them together in a satisfying meal and you’ve got instant happiness! Very pleased to have this recipe.

  6. Kiri W. says:

    Oh wow, this looks absolutely delightful! I love gnocchi, but I haven’t had them served like this. I’d kill for this! 🙂

  7. Pola sei un genio!!! Ecco come far mangiare la carne ai bambini 🙂

  8. Natalia says:

    Una ricetta davvero succulenta. Viene voglia di allungare la forchettina.

  9. I LOVE gnocchi – and what a great combination with meatballs, I’m drooling a bit………..

  10. I am not surprised Luci loved these. They look really good. I have never made gnocchi at home. Will have to give it a try one of these days.

  11. lucy says:

    si sa che i gnocchi e le polpettine da sempre attitrano i piccoli.abbinarli per loro e’un tripudio.

  12. Rosa says:

    A scrumptious combination! So comforting and tasty.



  13. That is an original and very tasty idea. I love small meatballs, there is just something about them… Sounds like you had a very nice week end. With your cooking, I’m sure Luci had a good time. Funny I know a redhead by the same name, what a coincidence. Well, the one I know is actually with a Y at the end.

  14. angelica says:

    Gli gnocchi con le polpette non li ho mai gustati!Ottima ricetta!

  15. What a lucky friend she is! I’d love to have this over at your home, and your eggplant & tofu pasta? YUM! Are you going to share that recipe here? We’ve been so busy that we rarely have dinner guests nowadays. I want to sit down and relax talking with friends over meals sometimes. Sounds like you had a great time. 🙂

    • PolaM says:

      I didn’t take pictures of the pasta, but I just basically panfried the eggplants and tofu in oil where I had melted 2 anchovies added a couple of spoons of tomato sauce and used it to dress pasta. Simple as that!

  16. Yummo! I love meatballs and gnocci so to combine them and have sweet potato gnocci (no less) would be the best meal ever!

  17. Chiara says:

    un piatto molto originale che segno subito tra quelli da fare! grazie…

  18. Two of my favorite things combined! This looks fabulous and it sounds like you had a very lucky house guest 🙂

  19. gnocchi and meatballs – what a lovely sounding meal! thanks for sharing!

  20. Claudia says:

    Happiness is a new gnocchi recipe! Love the meatballs and this is bookmarked. You had the perfect guest!

  21. Alda e Mariella says:

    Ottimi gli gnocchi fatti in casa, se poi ci mettiamo delle polpette di tacchino cosi’ buone, è davvero il massimo, bravissima!
    Un abbraccio!

  22. Dara says:

    I LOVE sweet potato gnocchi. LOVE them. I have been meaning to make my own but always chicken out. These are adorable and seem so easy to make! Great post.

    • PolaM says:

      Do make your own! They are super easy to make with any kind of potatoes. Just make sure the dough is not too wet but still super soft and if you want add one egg to the dough to use as “glue”. The version without egg is super soft but it breaks easily when you mix the gnocchi, the ones with the egg hold their shape better but are bit less soft.

  23. I love your gnocci, looks delicious!

  24. Looks interessting. I hadnt had gnocchi in ages too. surely delicious! thanks for sharing. =)

  25. I LOVE gnocchi! And I’ve made German potato noodles before and nearly tore my hair out – these look/sound so much easier! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Alida says:

    Ottimo questo piatto. I love gnocchi. Ciao! X

  27. Daniela says:

    Ho visto la foto ed ho subito esclamato: che buoni!! Un abbraccio, buona settimana Daniela.

    • PolaM says:

      Non sono male per nulla! E poi il sughino che la carne butta quando la si cuoce in padella e’ un’ottimo condimento e non necessita di ulteriori aggiunte!

  28. Raymund says:

    That looks nice to nibble on while watching a TV

  29. I bet Lucy enjoyed your company as much as you hers! I love cooking for an appreciative audience! 🙂

  30. Heavenly…gnocchi is quite possibly my favourite pasta and these meatballs sound like a delicious addition!

    • PolaM says:

      Gnocchi are quite delicious and quite easy to make too! Once you get into the habit of making them at home, you can have a dish ready in no time!

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