Potato Gnocchi With Mushroom and Shallot Sauce

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  • prep 60 min    cook 60 min
  • serves 6-8

The taste of homemade gnocchi with this elegant sauce makes the extra work worth the effort.


  • 3 ½ pounds baking potatoes
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose/plain flour
  • 1 ½ ounces dried mushrooms, soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    How to make it 

  • 1

    Cook the potatoes in salted, boiling water for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and peel them.

  • 2

    Use a potato masher to mash them and spread them on a surface to cool.

  • 3

    Season with salt and add the flour.

  • 4

    Kneed the mixture into a ball.

  • 5

    Pull off 1-inch-thick logs. Cut the logs into 1-inch lengths and press against the times of a fork or slide along a floured ridged board, making sure they are not too close together.

    How to make sauce 

  • 1

    Drain the mushrooms, straining the water through a coffee filter or paper towel to remove grit. Finely chop the mushrooms.

  • 2

    Sauté the shallots, onion and mushrooms in the oil in a saucepan over medium heat for about five minutes. Increase the heat and pour in the wine.

  • 3

    Mix the tomato paste into ¼ cup of the filtered mushroom water. Add to the saucepan. Season with salt and pepper and simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, adding the stock as the sauce starts to thicken and stick to the bottom of the pan.

  • 4

    Cook the gnocchi in small batches in a large pot of salted boiling water until they rise to the surface, about two minutes.

  • 5

    Use a slotted spoon to remove the gnocchi and transfer to the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.

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