Definition of gnocchi in English:


plural noun

  • (in Italian cooking) small dumplings made from potato, semolina, or flour, usually served with a sauce.

    • ‘Spaghetti, fettucini, rigatoni, ravioli or gnocchi and pasta are at the centre of Italian delicacies, a wide array of which are on offer at the festival at the Waterfront Cafe of Taj Malabar.’
    • ‘A perfect place for a romantic date - at a considerable expense, of course - the menu has all-time favourites like pastas such as gnocchi, ravioli, fettuccine and lasagne.’
    • ‘The pasta bar dishes out everything from gnocchi to fettuccine al pesto, cooked to order.’
    • ‘It's the homemade and reasonably priced pasta, gnocchi, penne and lasagne that are the biggest draws, however, with spinach, herb, pumpkin and squid ink pastas all available in various styles and with various sauces.’
    • ‘Our evening began with a tour of the bustling kitchen, where the students were hard at work in their chef's whites, plating salads and hefting deep pans of chive gnocchi.’
    • ‘There are great steaming bowls of gnocchi, troughs of ravioli, vast vats of fettucine just how mama makes it.’
    • ‘Potato gnocchi, a pasta I have always equated with sugarless cookie dough, is sultry and tender in brown butter and sage.’
    • ‘Next is a page with 17 Pasta selections with spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, gnocchi, tortelli, lasagne and tortellini.’
    • ‘The potato gnocchi tasted suitably homemade and gummy, although the Friulians at the table thought their tagliatelle (covered in a dry ragù) were too thick.’
    • ‘It costs $9.95 for pastas, such as gnocchi with Gorgonzola, cannelloni, manicotti, or penne in rosée sauce.’
    • ‘Small dumplings, poached in boiling water then tossed with some kind of sauce, gnocchi can be made of potato, flour and ricotta, semolina, milk and cheese, and even polenta.’
    • ‘For the gnocchi: Pass potatoes through a food mill into a bowl.’
    • ‘The only two dumpling experiments I conducted in the past were ricotta gnocchi and spaetzle, those Alsacian egg pasta.’
    • ‘I saw a recipe for potato gnocchi in a magazine and discovered that these delectable dumplings, which I had considered the height of cooking complexity, were merely flour, potatoes and salt.’
    • ‘Typical dishes in the Italian-speaking Ticino region are a potato pasta called gnocchi; risotto, a rice dish; and polenta, which is made from cornmeal.’
    • ‘To this end Giorgio rustles up a plate of gnocchi with a tomato sauce.’
    • ‘Semolina is therefore used in making gnocchi and croquettes, both of which can otherwise be heavy and stodgy.’
    • ‘For the gnocchi: While the potatoes are still warm, scoop out the flesh and allow to dry out for about five minutes.’
    • ‘It was an amatriciana sauce with cream and bacon and went well with gnocchi (mini bite-size potato dumplings).’
    • ‘A dish of gnocchi with spicy house sausage and favas, for instance, may turn out to be a wildly salty and tomatoey riot that pummels the poor little favas into submission.’


Italian, plural of gnocco, alteration of nocchio ‘knot in wood’.