Gnocchi with wild rocket

Another recipe that’s been languishing on my hard drive with no knowledge of where it came from, just half the measurements for the Gnocci to make enough for two.


For the gnocchi

  • 700g/1lb 9oz Desiree potatoes, roughly cut to pieces all the same size and unpeeled
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150g/5½oz plain flour
  • rice flour, for dusting
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve (or a similar vegetarian hard cheese)

For the sauce

  • 300g/10½oz wild rocket, roughly chopped
  • 200g/7oz watercress, roughly chopped, stalks discarded
  • 150ml/5½fl oz extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • 20 basil leaves, roughly torn
  • salt and pepper


  1. For the gnocchi, place the potatoes in a saucepan with lots of salted cold water. Bring to the boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, but not falling apart (about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes).
  2. Drain and allow to cool a little. When cool enough to handle, remove the skins. While the potatoes are still warm, mash them until smooth or pass through a ricer, then set aside to cool completely.
  3. Season the cooled potatoes with salt and pepper, stir in the egg yolks and add the flour. Bring the mixture together to form a dough.
  4. On a clean work surface, sprinkle the rice flour and roll out the dough into long sausage shapes. With a sharp knife cut into dumpling shapes of about 2cm/1in. Set aside.
  5. For the sauce, blanch the rocket and watercress for a minute in boiling salted water. Remove and refresh in cold water and drain well.
  6. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and chilli and fry until the onion is soft and translucent. Stir in the rocket, watercress and basil and stir fry for a couple of minutes to heat through. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  7. To serve, drop the gnocchi into a pan of boiling water and simmer until they rise back to the top. As they come to the surface, lift them out with a slotted spoon, drain well and add to the sauce. Mix well taking care not to break up the gnocchi.
  8. Serve immediately with some freshly grated Parmesan.
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1 Response to Gnocchi with wild rocket

  1. Rose says:

    Sounds utterly delicious.
    Please make some for me sometime 😉

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