Definition of gnocchi in US English:


plural noun

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

    • ‘The only two dumpling experiments I conducted in the past were ricotta gnocchi and spaetzle, those Alsacian egg pasta.’
    • ‘There are great steaming bowls of gnocchi, troughs of ravioli, vast vats of fettucine just how mama makes it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Potato gnocchi, a pasta I have always equated with sugarless cookie dough, is sultry and tender in brown butter and sage.’
    • ‘For the gnocchi: While the potatoes are still warm, scoop out the flesh and allow to dry out for about five minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Semolina is therefore used in making gnocchi and croquettes, both of which can otherwise be heavy and stodgy.’
    • ‘It costs $9.95 for pastas, such as gnocchi with Gorgonzola, cannelloni, manicotti, or penne in rosée sauce.’
    • ‘It was an amatriciana sauce with cream and bacon and went well with gnocchi (mini bite-size potato dumplings).’
    • ‘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 potato gnocchi tasted suitably homemade and gummy, although the Friulians at the table thought their tagliatelle (covered in a dry ragù) were too thick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the gnocchi: Pass potatoes through a food mill into a bowl.’
    • ‘The pasta bar dishes out everything from gnocchi to fettuccine al pesto, cooked to order.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next is a page with 17 Pasta selections with spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, gnocchi, tortelli, lasagne and tortellini.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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