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A Little Gnocchi

Decadent, delicious and simple…yes simple.

There are several recipes online but I wasn’t too impressed by the bare minimum and in my opinion, bland ingredients that are included in most gnocchi recipes. Adding just a few flavor boosting ingredients (hello garlic, chives and pesto) made this Homemade Gnocchi with Mascarpone-Pesto Sauce really special and most importantly, still really easy!

Mash the garlic and chives into the potatoes.

Add just enough flour to form fairly stiff dough.

Roll the dough into 1/2 to 3/4 inch 'snake like' pieces.

Cut the Gnocchi into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces using a serrated knife to add some shape.

Shape the Gnocchi by using a fork. Push each piece of gnocchi lightly onto the backside of a fork.

The ridges on the Gnocchi will help catch the sauce.

This is a picture of the gnocchi post boiling. Drop the pieces of Gnocchi in boiling water and wait for them to rise (about 3-4 minutes) and scoop out of the water. You'll have to drop the gnocchi into the boiling water in batches.

Wah-Lah! Home Made Gnocchi with Mascarpone-Pesto Sauce

The best part about this home made gnocchi is that is that you can make it ahead of time and freeze it! Then you just have to boil them on they day you want to serve it. Great for dinner parties!


Mashed Potato Makeover

Growing up we never really had a large spread for Thanksgiving dinner. But my husband’s family loves all things food, therefore it’s no surprise that they do Thanksgiving big. So for the last three years (wow, can’t believe we’ve been married for almost three years!) we have had these huge pot luck style Thanksgiving dinners. I’ve made the same recipes three years in a row and they’ve been fairly successful but…let’s see, what’s the right word?…BORING! This year, it’s time for a change. I decided to create a spin on my garlic mashed potatoes and came up with Mashed Potato Soup.

I decided to take my recipe for a trial run last night. And unlike the mashed cauliflower disaster, this time I had great success!

Mashed Potato Soup

I love that I get to incorporate staple ingredients of traditional mashed potatoes but still get to present what seems like a whole new dish. This soup was so delicious and very filling. If you want to serve this soup as a side dish, make sure to bring out your smallest soup bowls. As you can see from the bowl size in the photos, we did not. The result was two overstuffed adults lying on the sofa for the remainder of the evening.

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