Gnocchi With Pumpkin

The winter breeze is finally knocking on our doors, and it has brought along with it the sweet-earthy fruit we have been waiting patiently to savor the whole year long: pumpkin. It is time to infuse your favorite recipes, be it sweet or savory, with a dash of pumpkin and create your own plat du jour.

Big and small pumpkins lined on a shelf

One such dish that is perfect for setting the tone for winters and is a big party-pleaser is gnocchi with pumpkin. The impeccable blend of soft, chewy dough dumplings with the squashy, earthly taste of pumpkin will leave your guests coming back for more. Don’t trust us? Try it out for yourself. Below we have shared with you a recipe that has been passed down for generations, one that took our Italian uno chef ancestors years to perfect until they found just the right dough to pumpkin proportion.

The Ever-Famous Gnocchi With Pumpkin Recipe by Chef Donatella Zampoli

a woman chef cutting pumpkins

With the directions and ingredients below, bring back the italian cuisine back to life in your homes:


  • 14 oz yellow pumpkin
  • 7 oz flour (quantity according to how floury the pumpkin is
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt
  • for the sauce:
  • smoked ricotta cheese
  • melted butter
  • sage leaves
  • 3 onions
  • olive oil

Step by Step Instructions

First, prepare your pumpkin by removing its skins and seeds. Chop it into adequate size, cooking it in a pan with olive oil and chopped onions. For a flavor bloom, add a pinch of sugar, grind salt and pepper. Mix it till the spices spread evenly, leaving it to cool then.

Next, blend the eggs with salt and flour, stirring it well until you get a creamy mixture.

Collect the mixture with a tablespoon and pour each spoonful into the boiling water; when they float, collect them with a skimmer (if they are too tender, add some flour when you knead the mixture: remember that the gnocchi must not be too soft or too hard).

Melt the butter with the sage in a pan. Strain the gnocchi and blend in the melted butter. Sprinkle with plenty of grated smoked Ricotta cheese.

Leave with Impressive Food Values

a chef smiling

This finger-licking recipe is super easy to put together and will take you fewer than fifteen minutes to prepare, which means you no longer have to worry about the menu when planning spontaneous house parties. Use this recipe to boast about your superior culinary skills in front of friends and family. Pumpkin gnocchi is best served either as an il primo (main course), in place of pasta or rice, or as an ilcontorno (side dish) to your second course, which mostly comprises meat or fish. You can also prepare it just for yourself and refrigerate the leftovers. So, what are you waiting for? Try this recipe today and enjoy warm succulent pumpkin gnocchi while wrapped up in a quilt.