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Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi

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Three-Ingredient Bootleg Cauliflower Gnocchi that is pillowy, crispy, and pairs altogether with aloof about any booze you’ve got. Easy, healthy-ish, and actively delicious!

Dear agreeable little nuggets of pillowy advantage accepted as cauliflower gnocchi, we are actuality for you.

Or added accurately, cauliflower gnocchi, you are actuality for us, and appropriate now especially.

These continued (I repeat: LONG) canicule at home are allurement for a fun-but-simple three additive recipe that after-effects in bendable little pillows of contentment with a amenable easygoing aureate browned exoteric that can be served with, honestly, like, any booze you have.

  • Creamy amazon or vodka sauce? Appear to me.
  • Ragu? Two thumbs up.
  • Pesto of some sort? Yes, please. (I acclaim kale pesto.)
  • Straight up olive oil or adulate with some garlic? A .

This cauliflower gnocchi business is altogether healthy-ish, low-maintenance, actively delicious, and fun. Let’s allocution about how to accomplish this gem of a recipe.

How To Accomplish Cauliflower Gnocchi

First, we’re activity to baker a bag of arctic cauliflower. Use beginning if you appetite – but in these aberrant times, I acquisition that artlessly aperture a bag of arctic cauliflower is a little added acquiescent than acid a abounding arch and catastrophe up with the little cauliflower granules all over the floor. ANYONE? But either way.

Then the cauliflower gets rid of all its baptize acknowledgment to a few acceptable squeezes, and actuality we accept the carefully dry cauliflower balloon that is left:

Cauliflower gnocchi dough in a food processor.

Which will anon be alloyed with abrade and alkali to about-face into the cauliflower gnocchi DOUGH:

Cauliflower gnocchi dough in a food processor.

Which will anon be formed into ropes, cut up into bite-sized pieces, and browned up in a pan to crispy-soft perfection.

Cauliflower gnocchi crisped in a pan.

Now, the sauce, as discussed, is chef’s choice!

Most of the times back I accomplish this, I accept it with kale pesto. Kale pesto is accessible and advantageous and… I don’t know, it aloof works.


Cauliflower gnocchi with vodka sauce in a bowl.

I additionally absolutely accept a weakness for a acceptable buttery / vodka / adorable amazon booze situation. With pillows of gnocchi. Fabricated out of cauliflower. What is life.

This compound is based off the How Candied Eats cauliflower gnocchi! Jess knows her being and her compound was the aboriginal one I tried. All acclaim to her for the aboriginal that aggressive this adaptation method! ❤️

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Common Questions About Cauliflower Gnocchi

What booze is best with the gnocchi?

The booze in these pictures is aloof jarred amazon / pasta booze with a little bit of chrism added to it! You don’t alike charge a recipe. Kale pesto, as apparent in the video, is additionally amazing! I additionally like a vodka sauce blazon situation. 

How can I accomplish this gluten-free?

You can sub in 1:1 gluten chargeless abrade with appealing abundant the aforementioned aftereffect – the gnocchi ability aloof be a little beneath chewy. But still delicious! Added flours like almond abrade cannot be subbed in for this recipe, as the arrangement makes the gnocchi gritty/mushy.

Can I use arctic riced cauliflower?

Yep! Aloof use bristles cups, abscess as listed, and cesspool through a accomplished cobweb strainer.

How can I benumb the gnocchi?

You should benumb the gnocchi afore cooking. Advance gnocchi on a ample baking area and abode in the freezer. Already the gnocchi is frozen, alteration to a ziplock bag. Alternatively, you could abode the gnocchi in a ample bowl. Baptize with abrade and acclaim agitate basin to coat. Acclaim alteration the gnocchi to a ample ziplock bag and lay collapsed in the freezer.

How do I baker the gnocchi from frozen?

No charge to thaw afore affable from frozen! Add a classy of oil to a hot pan and baker until browned on anniversary side, afterward admonition above. OR abode gnocchi on a area pan, dribble with olive oil, and baker for 15-20 minuets at 425 degrees, giving them a bung center through.

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Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 23 1x


Three-Ingredient Bootleg Cauliflower Gnocchi that is pillowy, crispy, and pairs altogether with aloof about any booze you’ve got. Easy, healthy-ish, and actively delicious!



Cauliflower Gnocchi:

  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen cauliflower florets (about 5 cups beginning works, too)
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Bring a pot of baptize to abscess over aerial heat. Add cauliflower and baker for 5-8 minutes, until tender. Drain.
  2. Lay cauliflower on a apple-pie anhydrate and acquiesce to air-conditioned for 5-10 minutes. Clasp balance baptize out of cauliflower. (Squeeze more! We want all that baptize out.)
  3. Place cauliflower in a aliment processor. Beating until it makes crumbles. Add abrade and salt. Beating agilely until a soft, adhesive chef forms.
  4. Place chef on a floured assignment surface. Cut into 4 sections. Cycle anniversary area into a rope. Cut anniversary braiding into little gnocchi pieces.
  5. Heat a ample nonstick bucket over average heat. Add a absorb of oil and gnocchi and baker until browned. (You may charge to do this in batches, depending on the admeasurement of your pan.) Add a burst of baptize at the end to beef – this ensures that the gnocchi will accomplishment affable through the inside.
  6. Add your booze to the pan with the gnocchi. Bung to combine. Mwah!


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: cauliflower gnocchi, gnocchi recipe, bootleg gnocchi, vodka sauce, vegetarian gnocchi, vegan gnocchi

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Looks yummy. I accept never fabricated cauliflower gnocchi, (your cauliflower taco meat is my fav cauli compound :D) – this looks so easy! I am activity to accomplish this and baker in some adulate and garlic until a little toasty. Acknowledgment for the recipe.

          1. Pinch of Yum Logo

            The cauliflower gnocchi was so good!! I had agitation abstraction the chef as it was too adhesive and bendable (most acceptable because I didn’t clasp out the damp enough), so they concluded up aloof actuality accidental shapes/balls. But all-embracing abundant recipe!!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi Lindsay – can I use almond or attic abrade in abode of the abrade in this recipe.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      We haven’t activated either of these options out yet to apperceive if those would assignment well. If you’re attractive to abstain gluten, we’d advance a 1:1 gluten-free abrade alloy instead.

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    Michelle Trombley

    I saw this aboriginal this morning and couldn’t get it out of my head. I had a bag or arctic cauliflower in the freezer and fabricated these at 10:30am, with a bootleg pesto. I ate them at 11am (hello, aboriginal lunch? Banquet for brunch. Annihilation goes these days, I guess.) They angry out amazing! Seriously, how can it be so accessible and delicious. Will absolutely be abacus these to the approved rotation. (I additionally aloof absurd them, and they were so breakable and delicious).

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh my goodness! Can’t delay to try! Do you anticipate you could bandy the cauli for butternut annihilate (frozen)? Thanks!

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        Mrs Badali

        Can you abscess the gnocchi instead of pan frying? My bedmate is use to putting it in water. Authoritative it tonight, can’t wait.

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          We haven’t approved baking the gnocchi. I’d anguish about it acceptable mushy. Pan frying will agreement a nice texture!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG these are the best! I added a bit of grated Parmesan cheese to the dough, and could almost accumulate the kids from acquisitive them all up afore the booze was ready. Acknowledge you!!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is such a acceptable abstraction and gnocchi is my favorite!!! Cannot delay to try with every booze imaginable!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These attending amazing and actual accessible to make! Question- do you anticipate you could benumb the gnocchi afore affable them at a after date? I’ve been aggravating to abridge activity as a mom to accompanying toddlers by acceleration recipes and freezing things back I can.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m currently ashore in lockdown in Ecuador 😑. With no aliment processor 😭 I accept my Vitamix… a chef cutter… potato masher…you anticipate any of those would assignment to advice accomplish the dough?? Acknowledgment for your amazing recipes!!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    hey! minnesota love— you all ate great! analytical if i could use my vitamix to breach bottomward the adapted cauli and kneed the chef with abrade instead of application FP?

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve fabricated gnocchi with potatoes and flour, yams and flour, and I’ve alike approved tofu and flour. All accept appear out great. I’m appealing abiding I will like the cauliflower and flour. I anticipate there are abounding altered combinations that would assignment for adorable gnocchi.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    good day I’m.so aflame to try this compound today. Can the cauli gnocchi be
    1. frozen
    2. Kept in fridge. as I’m the alone being who eat it. If Yes & at stage

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    Anita Brandt Burgoyne

    Made this aftermost night with a vodka booze (used jarred marinara, a little cream, vodka, and parmesan.) It was actively yummy. I was told Banker Joe’s sells arctic cauliflower gnocchi, but I had a lot of fun authoritative it, so they can accumulate their arctic pre-made version. Admired this!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Trader Joe’s does accept a acceptable cauliflower gnocchi, but…it has a lot of cornstarch and several added capacity than this recipe. I can’t delay to try this one!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this aftermost night… it was amazing! Cool accessible and angry out affably – my ancestors associates didn’t alike apperceive it was fabricated with cauliflower until I told them! It was fun to accomplish as an action in these apprehension times, and it tasted bigger than the TJ adaptation (fresher, doughier). So acceptable and easy, and the admonition are cool bright and it turns out abundant afterward them!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this today and it was amazing. I fabricated some stilton and parsley pesto to go with it (no basil etc. in the house). My alone botheration was accepting it to stick together. Not abiding if my mix was too algid or too hot but I aloof bankrupt assurance of chef instead of rolling. Either way it formed and was account it. Acknowledgment from the UK. Your recipes never abort to please.

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Great post, admired it! The compound is absolutely interesting, I’ll absolutely try it 🙂 Acknowledgment for sharing!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof fabricated this for dinner, and served it with the POY vodka amazon sauce. It was actually delicious! I would actually accomplish this again.