This homemade vegan gnocchi with easy one-pan roasted cherry tomato confit will turn you into a gnocchi snob, I promise! You’ll never buy gnocchi again, you may not even order it in a restaurant… This is an easy recipe, but not a super fast one, although absolutely worth it. For speedy and super-healthy, try my pasta with fresh green sauce!
And if you are a coeliac or coeliac vegan and came here looking for gluten-free gnocchi, don’t worry, my friends over at My Pure Plants have got you covered with their beautiful gluten free vegan sweet potato gnocchi.
For years I failed to understand why people were so obsessed with gnocchi and talked about “little fluffy melt-in-your-mouth pillows of goodness”.
I had been baffled by the obsession with these little doughy potato bombs. But no more! I’ve finally cracked it and can confidently say these little babies really ARE fluffy and pillow-like! I baked the potatoes to make sure they were as dry as possible, and threw my confit/sauce ingredients in to a roasting tin at the same time.
Is gnocchi vegan?
Well, yes and no. If you look up any recipe for gnocchi on the internet, you’ll find a host of recipes that include egg. Gnocchi-making wisdom, however, contends that the addition of egg is just to make the dough easier to deal with, and actually makes the gnocchi denser.
Which is exactly what you don’t want. So whether you’re vegan or not, I highly recommend making your gnocchi egg-free, as in this recipe for homemade vegan gnocchi.
How to make gnocchi
To make enough gnocchi for 4 people as a light main with a side salad, or three main dishes, I used about 500g of potatoes. Use potatoes with as little water content as possible, such as russet potatoes, or any potato ideal for baking.
Bake the potatoes to reduce the amount of water they hold. More
Simply toss in the oven for 45 minutes at 220C or 200C fan. While they’re baking, you can get on with making the confit. Well, this is more of a confit-sauce, tomatoes cooked whole in olive oil, but with extra ingredients to make it a true sauce. When the potatoes are done, take them out, cut them in half, and leave to cool. I put mine outside on the windowsill so they cool faster.
The potatoes should be cool enough to handle around 15-20 minutes later. You can then peel them and finely grate them (or use a potato ricer or food mill if you have them). You could also mash them but you will inevitably end up with unmashed hard bits marring your perfect gnocchi.
Add 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp garlic granules/powder (optional), and mix well. Then add in a scant cup of plain flour (around 100-120g), a 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough comes together. You may need to add a little more depending on the water content of the potatoes you used.
However definitely do not use less than 100 grams. I did this while I was testing the recipe, and my gnocchi disintegrated while cooking. I was very sad. And then I was mad. And finally, I got the amount of flour right.
Take a handful of the dough (about the size of a lemon) and roll out into a rope about half an inch thick, on a floured worktop. Cut segments of about 3/4 – 1 inch with a dull knife (I used a plastic kids knife from Ikea because I’m FANCY). Unless you have a dough scraper, then obviously use that.
You can leave the little gnocchi pillows as is, or roll them down the back of a fork to get those perfect ridges and the thumb groove. I prefer them with grooves, as the sauce adheres better. Try and make sure the gnocchi are uniform in size so they cook evenly.
Cook in two-three batches in your largest pot filled with well salted water. When the water is boiling, add in the gnocchi. Once the gnocchi float to the top cook for two minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon, shake off the extra water, and carefully set to dry a little on a piece of baking paper.
Cook the next batch and do the same. The gnocchi will seem a little gummy and overly soft but don’t worry they will firm up while cooling.
Roasted Cherry Tomato Confit
As I mentioned above, the best time to make the roasted cherry tomato confit is when the potatoes are baking in the oven. It’s SUPER simple to make. Just add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, white wine and olive oil to a non-stick baking pan and place in the oven with the potatoes.
If you don’t have pine nuts you can substitute with roughly chopped walnuts. The nuts will settle to the bottom of the pan, don’t worry about that. Do set the baking pan in the middle of the bottom third of the oven. This will ensure the cherry tomatoes blister nicely and blacken a little, but don’t burn.
I take out the baking pan at 15 minutes and stir well, and then again at 30 minutes. At 30 minutes I like to squish most of the cherry tomatoes so they release their juices, turning this quick confit into a sauce.
When you take out the cherry tomato sauce, put it aside while you assemble and boil the gnocchi. Then, decant some of the juice and olive oil into non-stick frying pan, about two tablespoons. Heat on medium-high and fry the boiled gnocchi until lightly browned and crispy on both sides, then add in the cherry tomato sauce to heat it up.
When everything is piping hot, add in 2 tablespoons of the basil and mix through, divide the gnocchi between four plates with a light green side salad, and sprinkle a little lemon zest and the remaining basil over. Divine! Some beautifully soft Focaccia with bruschetta dip, a light spinach salad, these gnocchi, and voilá, a beautiful impressive meal for entertaining (or romancing…).
- 750 g uncooked potatoes, 500g peeled and baked
- 1 cup plain white flour, Scant, 100 - 120 grams
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic granules/powder, optional
Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
- 1 kilo Cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup White wine, dry
- 1/2 Lemon (juice plus zest)
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes, to taste
- 4 tbsp Olive oil
- 40 g Pine nuts
- 6 cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
- 3 tbsp Fresh basil, thinly sliced into ribbons
- Roast the potatoes at 200C or 220C fan for 45 minutes. It's easier if you make the sauce at the same time.
- Cut the potatoes in half and leave to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel and finely grate or use a potato ricer on them.
- Add in the salt and garlic powder and mix well. Add in the flour 1/4 cup at a time, mixing until just incorporated. 100 grams should be enough, the dough should still be slightly sticky. Only add more if the dough isn't coming together.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and take lemon-sized amounts to roll into half-inch thick ropes.
- Cut the dough-ropes at 3/4 inch to 1 inch intervals. Leave as is or roll down he back of a fork.
- Cook the gnocchi in 2-3 batches (don't overcrowd), depending on the size of your pot. The water should be boiling and well-salted when you carefully drop the gnocchi in.
- Once the gnocchi have floated to the top, set a timer for two minutes.
- After two minutes carefully remove the soft gnocchi with slotted spoon, tapping to get rid of the excess water, and leave to firm up on a sheet of non-stick paper or baking paper while you prepare the other batches.
Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce & Serving
- Tip all the ingredients except the fresh basil and lemon zest, into a non-stick pan.
- Place in the oven with the potatoes, in the bottom third, for 40 minutes, mixing at 15 minutes, and mixing and squashing the tomatoes at 30 minutes.
- Tip some of the oil and juice (about two tablespoons) into a non-stick frying pan. Add A further tablespoon of oil only if necessary. Heat on a medium-high heat.
- Fry the gnocchi on two sides until lightly golden and crispy. Add in the rest of the cherry tomato mix.
- When everything is hot, take the pan off the heat and stir through two tablespoons of the basil.
- Plate, sprinkle over the remaining basil, and the lemon zest. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 501 Total Fat 21g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 17g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 753mg Carbohydrates 61g Fiber 7g Sugar 9g Protein 10g