Leftover mashed potato gnocchi

Aimee Fortney

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Leftover mashed potato gnocchi

Turn your leftover mashed potatoes into gnocchi, then top with this delicious sautéed spinach-lemon topping. Gnocchi from leftover mashed potatoes is a real treat — plus the mashed potatoes don't go to waste!

Leftover mashed potato gnocchi

Serves 4

For the gnocchi

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Stir together the potatoes, egg and flour. Dump the mixture onto a floured surface and knead dough together. (You may find that you need more flour, and just add a little bit at a time.)
  2. Cut the dough into three sections, then gently roll each section into a long rope.
  3. Cut each rope into small sizes, about 1/2-inch in size.
  4. Take the tines of your fork and make tiny indentions on the top of the gnocchi.
  5. Bring a large pot of water (add about 1 tablespoon of sea salt or kosher salt) to a boil, then drop one batch at a time (one batch being what you cut from each rope) into the boiling water. At first, the gnocchi will sink to the bottom. When they float to the top, they are done, but let them cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with the spinach sauce or your favorite marinara sauce.

For the sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized skillet on medium heat, sauté shallot and garlic in olive oil then add shrimp.
  2. Cook until all of the spinach has wilted down, then add basil and lemon juice.
  3. Pour over gnocchi and enjoy!

More gnocchi recipes to try

Fried gnocchi
Gnocchi in Parmesan cream sauce
Sweet potato gnocchi

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Aimee Fortney
Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, wwww.aimeefortney.com and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.

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