Cooking With Kids: Buddy Valastro's Easy Gnocchi Recipe

Buddy Valastro may be known TLC's The Cake Boss, but this chef has a savory side too! Here he is in the kitchen cooking up an Italian favorite, Cheese and Potato Gnocchi with a kid-friendly recipe. What's his secret ingredient for this recipe? Lots of little helpers!
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Buddy Valastro may be known TLC's The Cake Boss, but this chef has a savory side too! Here he is in the kitchen cooking up an Italian favorite, Cheese and Potato Gnocchi with a kid-friendly recipe. What's his secret ingredient for this recipe? Lots of little helpers!

"I cook with my kids as much as possible. I teach them my favorite recipes and remind them of their Italian heritage."
--Buddy Valastro

BUDDY VALASTRO

Preheat

PREHEAT the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Scrub the potatoes; poke all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake until fork-tender, about 1 hour. Slice in half lengthwise; let sit on the baking sheet until cook enough to handle.

Poke the Potatoes

Scoop

SCOOP out the potato flesh with a spoon.

Scoop

Press

Working in batches, PRESS through a ricer into a medium bowl.

Press

Measure

MEASURE out 3 cups of potatoes by gently scooping the measuring cup in the bowl. Dump onto a work surface in a thin layer; let cool. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Measure

Sprinkle

SPRINKLE the potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the nutmeg; drizzle with the egg yolks. Dust with 1/2 cup flour.

Sprinkle

Fold

Using a bench scraper, gently FOLD in the yolks and flour.

Fold

Press & Scrape

PRESS the dough together in a ball; set aside. Scrape the surface clean; dust with flour. Clean off the bench scraper.

Press & Scrape

Fold and Knead

FOLD and knead the dough with our hands on the work surface for just 2 turns.

Fold and Knead

Sprinkle & Roll

SPRINKLE a baking sheet with flour. Quarter the dough. Roll one-quarter of the dough into a long 3/4-inch-wide rope.

Sprinkle & Roll

Cut

Using the bench scraper, CUT into 1-inch pieces; place on the baking sheet.

Cut

Repeat

REPEAT with the remaining dough.

Repeat

Cook

COOK the gnocchi in gently boiling water until they float to the surface and puff up slightly, about 1 1/2 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet.

Cook

Scoop and Toss

SCOOP the gnocchi into the skillet using a slotted spoon. Add 1/4 cup cooking water and the cheese. Toss to combine adding more cooking water if too dry.

Scoop and Toss

The Finished Product

SPRINKLE with more cheese and the parsley and enjoy!

Cheesy Potato Gnocchi

Time to Eat!

Time to Eat

Time to eat! Get Buddy's entire Kid-Friendly Gnocchi recipe here!