14 Ways to Stay Warm Through Winter With Gnocchi

POSTED February 21, 2017


Even if you don’t believe in Punxsutawney Phil, who predicted six more weeks of cold winter weather, there is no denying that this time of year is a slow wait for springtime. It feels like there’s no end in sight, and just when you think you can put away your puffy winter coat, it’s time to get it back out again. Luckily, there’s a Northern Italian cure for all of this: hearty potato pasta.

There are about as many ways to pronounce “gnocchi” as there are ways to prepare them. (Really, though, it’s G’NAW-kee. We promise!) This traditional Italian comfort food is good nearly any way you cook them up—from simple weeknight preparations of butter and sage to heartier meal ideas, like Baked Gnocchi Mac ‘n Cheese. If you haven’t tried it yet, we recommend giving this versatile cold-weather classic a star role in your homemade soups and baked dishes.

Gluten Free Gnocchi
Potato Gnocchi
Whole-Wheat Gnocchi
Mini Potato Gnocchi

If you’re looking for a fun weekend kitchen experience, try making your own. Check out our step-by-step guide: Homemade Gnocchi How To.

It’s no surprise that gnocchi are one of America’s best-loved pastas. These loveable dumplings are a family favorite, sure to have everyone running to the table… especially during the coldest, harshest months of the year. Because let’s be honest, there aren’t many things better than scarves and sweaters and crackling fires… but pillowy potato pasta comes pretty close.

1. Gnocchi with Sausage

Hearty, satisfying, ready to take on the cold—Italian-style.Malloreddus is the name of a pasta shaped like gnocchi, only smaller–also called, gnocchetti sardi. In this traditional Sardinia dish, we’ll be substituting with our tasty imported Italian gnocchi.

2. Cheesy Mini Gnocchi Skillet

An easy cheesy skillet with our lovable mini potato pasta. Our hearty, bite-sized Mini Gnocchi star in this easy-to-make weeknight meal idea. Fresh mozzarella, our Pomodoro Fresco Tomato-Basil Sauce, thinly sliced prosciutto and our pillowy potato pasta come together for an Italian-style recipe the whole family will love.

Easy Italian Gnocchi Soup with Sausage & Spinach

3. Easy Italian Gnocchi Soup with Sausage & Spinach

If you have yet to plop some gnocchi into your cold-weather soups, you haven’t lived, we say! This super easy Italian-style tomato soup features our famous potato dumplings alongside zesty Italian sausage all topped off with nutty, briny Parmigiano-Reggiano. Talk about comfort food!

4. Truffled Gnocchi Mac ‘n Cheese

Starring white Cheddar, Swiss and nutty salty Parmesan alongside intense gourmet truffles, this isn’t your childhood mac ‘n cheese… this is a new level of amazing.

5. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Gnocchi

An easy weeknight meal idea made with only 4 ingredients? Get out of town!… just be back for dinner. Rich, potato dumplings combined with our Sun-Dried Tomato Simply Pesto® Sauce is sweet and delicious.

6. Creamy Gnocchi with Truffled Mushrooms

One of our favorite creamy pasta creations featuring our hearty whole-wheat gnocchi with your favorite truffled mushrooms in a light Romano cream sauce. An instant hit.

Gnocchi with Saved Brussels and Bacon

7. Gnocchi with Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

This is just as incredible as it looks—an artful explosion of flavors… and Brussels sprouts. With few ingredients and a whole lot of flavor, this gnocchi recipe is the perfect dish to cozy up to any night of the week. And did we mention bacon…?

8. Mini Gnocchi with Roasted Tomatoes & Peas in Parmesan Black Pepper Cream Sauce

A gnocchi dish you aren’t sure to forget: bold, peppery, irresistibly creamy and starring sweet-smoky roasted tomatoes. Our pillowy, bite-sized Mini Gnocchi dress up in a creamy zesty Parmesan sauce.

Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

9. Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

This beautiful baked pasta dish boasts a sweet, smoky kick from an easy roasted red pepper pesto. A must-try. Calling all gnocchi lovers! Italy’s famed potato dumplings star in this larger-than-life casserole brimming with big, bold flavors.

10. Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

A simple Northern Italian dish of hearty gnocchi with a fragrant, butter sauce, this recipe is the perfect cold-weather companion. An easy classic, this Italian favorite brings together the sweetness of browned butter and the fragrant aroma of fresh sage.

11. Creamy Gnocchi with Kale & Roasted Vegetables

Don’t let the roasted vegetables fool you—this pasta dish is still warm and hearty enough to cozy up with. Featuring our signature Italian Potato Gnocchi, roasted cauliflower and the ever-popular kale, this easy weeknight meal idea is bound to be a new favorite.

Baked Gnocchi with Prosciutto & Spinach

12. Baked Gnocchi with Prosciutto & Spinach

Gnocchi is an authentic, rustic, hearty and warm traditional Italian dish. These light, airy potato dumplings glow gorgeously in this recipe accompanied with rich cream and ricotta, spiked with prosciutto and fresh baby spinach.

13. Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

Keeping it simple, deliciously Italian and satisfying… without the delivery charges. Pantry staples, FTW!

14. Gnocchi with Sweet Peas & Prosciutto

A savory gnocchi dish with a creamy, garlicky flair, accented by strips of prosciutto and young, sweet peas.