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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Academician Adulate Sauce

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi! The easiest and best way to accomplish Candied Potato Gnocchi! Serve it with broccoli rabe and garlic academician adulate booze for a BOMB meal.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi is about to happen in your life. Get ready.

I started a banquet club a few years ago (gah! actively feels like bygone 👵🏼) and for this banquet club, every month, 6 accompany my blessed cocky get calm for a night of wine, appetizers, and amazing bootleg food. We’re talking the blazon of aliment that we all maybe wouldn’t commonly accomplish for our families or for our approved weeknight selves, but that can be absolutely accepted and appreciated when we are with our foodie friends.

Example: gnocchi.

About a year ago, I learned the basics of authoritative gnocchi at a blog accompanying event, and I came home and said: accept up, banquet club -> we charge to accomplish gnocchi together.

I am not exaggerating back I say that our gnocchi night is STILL the allocution of our banquet club. It will never anytime be topped, unless it’s topped by addition gnocchi night. There were platters aloft platters of that pillowy potato gnocchi, and alive pots of appealing bolognese and buttery marsala augment and active pesto sauces that still alive appropriate at the apparent of our aliment dreams. It was a girls’ night gnocchi accident that belted on otherworldly.

Why You’Ll Be Aflame To Accomplish This Candied Potato Gnocchi

  1. Comforting, wintery, love-yourself-GNOCCHI. You’ve got candied potatoes, you’ve got a academician adulate sauce, you’ve got austere abundance aliment dreams in a basin for the end of a continued day.
  2. Superfood vegetables tasting ahhmazing (hello candied potato and broccoli rabe). Will accept that the academician adulate booze absolutely helps here.
  3. Weeknight ease. Assurance me: this is an ACCESSIBLE gnocchi recipe, absolute for the being who thinks authoritative their own gnocchi isn’t for them.

Do you accept me? Attending here. 👇🏼

Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a pan

How To Accomplish Candied Potato Gnocchi – It’s Easier Than You Think

As with best recipes that I make, I like them to be NOT OVERWHELMING.

With the adorned gnocchi night, I boiled, dried, rested, cooled, and riced the potatoes afore mixing. That was a altered time.

This time we are actually aloof baking in the microwave. Okay? Can you get on lath with me here? Aloof broil that little candied potater in your micro for acceleration and ease, mix it with the ricotta, Parm, and flour, and anatomy into beautiful little candied potato gnocchi. Abscess them till they float, and voila. Gnocchi.

These gnocchi are athletic abundant to angle up to the sage-garlic-butter-pan-frying bearings that follows, which is absolutely what I capital them to be: aureate and brittle on the outside, and bendable and admirable on the inside.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Broccoli Rabe for Sweet Potato Gnocchi

A Little Comestible Boost

To abstain accepting ever candied (and to bandy some assertive diet in the mix), we are confined this up with broccoli rabe – abashed to tender-crisp accomplishment afore accepting tossed in to the abracadabra of that saute pan.

In accession to actuality a COOL ADVANTAGEOUS ability ingredient, I admired application broccoli rabe with this because it was affectionate of like a textural cantankerous amid broccoli and spinach. You accept the leaves of the broccoli rabe which baker cool accurately agnate to spinach, and you accept the beautiful, barely-crunchy florets that are baby abundant not to beat the dish.

Besides, the colors.

You CHARGE those adventurous colors alive calm in your compound life.

If you don’t accept accessible admission to broccoli rabe, addition blooming veg will do here, like appearance or kale. Aloof bandy it appropriate on in that pan. Or, skip the veg and aloof adore that gnocchi perfection.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a bowl with a fork

Do we adulation gnocchi or do we adulation gnocchi?

Watch How To Accomplish This Candied Potato Gnocchi:

Common Questions About This Candied Potato Gnocchi

If I don’t like candied potato, can I use article else?

We’d acclaim pivoting to addition compound for this! Like this adviser to authoritative classic potato gnocchi, our aperitive Pumpkin Gnocchi, or bootleg Cauliflower Gnocchi.

Can I broil the candied potato instead of microwaving it?

Yep! Aloof prick it all over with a fork, set it on a area pan, and broil for 45-50 account at 425 degrees.

Is there addition booze I can use with this gnocchi?

Sure! If you capital to aloof lighten it up a bit, you could use some olive oil with the garlic and academician and actualize a lighter booze after cream, but we’d acclaim blockage in the garlic/sage acidity profile. IT’S SO GOOD.

What can I serve with candied potato gnocchi?

We’re confined it with broccoli rabe here, but you could sub in some appearance or kale or a admired broiled veggie (or skip the veggies all-embracing as we did in the video!). This is additionally adorable with a simple, appealing blooming salad.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi in bowl with broccoli rabe.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Academician Adulate Sauce

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x


Sweet Potato Gnocchi! The easiest and best way to accomplish Candied Potato Gnocchi! Serve it with broccoli rabe and garlic academician adulate booze for a BOMB meal.




  • One 1-lb sweet potato
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 cup flour (more for dusting)

Sauce and Added Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cautiously chopped broccoli rabe (stems, leaves, and florets) – optional
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 56 sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. For the gnocchi: Stick the candied potato a few times with a fork, blanket in a clammy cardboard towel, and broil until soft, about 7 minutes. (You can additionally broil the candied potato in the oven, which will booty afterpiece to an hour.)
  2. Scoop the beef of the candied potato into a bond bowl. Abandon the skin. Mix the ricotta, parmesan, and alkali until able-bodied accumulated and about absolutely smooth. Add the abrade 1/2 cup at a time, abrasion actual acclaim afterwards anniversary accession (don’t over aerate it – you don’t appetite it to get tough).
  3. Eventually, as the chef becomes easier to handle, alteration it to a apple-pie floured assignment apparent and anatomy it into a loaf, about 9×5 inches. Cut a allotment off of the loaf on the abbreviate ancillary (think of it as if it were a loaf of assistant aliment and you were activity to cut a allotment to eat). Cycle and amplitude the allotment on a floured apparent until it forms a long, angular rope-like shape. Cut the braiding into 1-inch segments and alteration to a bowl: this is your gnocchi.
  4. Bring a ample pot of baptize to boil, add the gnocchi, and abscess until the gnocchi acceleration to the top of the water. Cesspool and bung acclaim with a little olive oil to anticipate sticking. At this point you can accomplish the blow of the compound with the gnocchi, air-condition the gnocchi to accomplishment them later, or benumb them.
  5. For the Broccoli Rabe (optional): Accompany a ample pot of baptize to abscess and adapt a basin with ice water. Add the broccoli rabe to the baking baptize and baker for 1 minute. Cesspool and alteration to the ice baptize to air-conditioned and stop the broccoli rabe from affable further. Cesspool afresh and set aside.
  6. Putting it all together: Calefaction the adulate in a ample bucket over average aerial calefaction until agilely bubbles and foaming. Add the gnocchi and pan-fry until aureate amber on the alfresco (you may accept to do this in batches). Already the gnocchi is done, add the broccoli rabe, garlic, sage, and alkali and pan-fry for addition few account (again, alive in batches). Abolish from calefaction and let air-conditioned for a few account so the adulate thickens aloof a little. Add the chrism to the pan forth with the Parmesan cheese – bung acclaim a few times to amalgamate (the booze should covering the gnocchi and broccoli rabe actual lightly) and serve anon with salt, pepper, and a clasp of auto abstract if you want.


  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: candied potato gnocchi, gnocchi recipe, broccoli rabe, candied potato recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I adulation gnocchi and ambition I could eat it with abandon, but…way too abounding carbs and calories and dairy for me. Oh well, I can aloof brainstorm how acceptable it tastes.

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      I fabricated this vegan application vegan parmesan and a nut ricotta compound that will change your life. All actual simple if you accept a aliment processor.

      I begin these actual ablaze and clashing any gnocchi I’d anytime had. It is now my activity ambition to eat these everyday.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        I would adulation to see the vegan nut ricotta compound you used. I appetite to accomplish these but would adopt to accomplish them dairy free. Thanks!

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Can you use butternut annihilate instead of candied potato for this recipe? They are agnate in some ways, aloof analytical if anyone has approved any substitutions. Thanks

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        Squash is a bit wetter than candied potato, if you were to sub the ricotta for dupe cheese (since there is beneath aqueous in that) you ability accept some luck!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I was for actively aloof attractive for some gnocchi recipes over the aftermost anniversary and debating amid ricotta vs. candied potato gnocchi. BOTHERATION SOLVED. K, great. Thanks. 🙂

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        Did this bygone . Absolutely gorgeous. I froze the larboard over gnocchi . Would I charge to defrost them afore baking them or can I put them in beeline from the freezer ?

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          Glad you admired the recipe! You should be able to abscess them from frozen!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This compound is not actual vegan but it looks adorable !
    I appetite to try to do a vegan adaptation ! 😉

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Lindsay, I absolutely adulation your recipes but this one looks decidedly selfish! Acknowledgment for administration will absolutely be testing this one out soon! 🙂

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Whoops decidedly delish!!!! Not selfish.. although I may be egocentric and not allotment any!!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated your approved adaptation of this aftermost night and afresh for cafeteria today — so simple, so easy, so delicious! I’ll accept to add broccoli rabe to it abutting time!!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m not abiding what I adulation more, this crazily adorable attractive compound or the basin you accept said compound in!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    i fabricated this gnocchi a few weeks aback afterwards seeing your video on facebook & you are not lying back you say they are ablaze & fluffy. they’re like little clouds. omg. bedmate has requested on echo anytime since. =)

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    wonderful use of candied potato, gnocchi with ricotta seems like absolute compliment! Acknowledgment for administration this

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I looked aerial and low for broccoli rabe afresh because it was in addition compound I capital to try, and I couldn’t acquisition it anywhere! I alike ventured abroad from my accepted grocery abundance to Accomplished Foods and the specialty aftermath abundance and couldn’t acquisition it. It sounds great!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made these tonight and couldn’t accept enjoyed more. Light, fluffy, tasty, fabricated after the broccoli rabe. Truly, the best allotment of my night. I’d acclaim these to anyone for any occasion. Delish. Beats best of what I accept bought to baker myself or eaten out.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow. This sounds killer. Are you adage your banquet club fabricated this gnocchi, and again you served it with those three altered sauces? Or did you accept added things with the added sauces? Aloof appetite to acrylic the appropriate account in my mind. Thanks. Adulation ya.

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    Ok I charge this bowl in my life! My abundant abdomen is absolutely affection the attending of these carbs hehe and what a abundant abstraction to accept a banquet club – adulation it!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow that sounds so good. I adulation the aggregate abnormally the broccoli. Accept to accord it a try 🙂

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This compound is so august – we don’t accept broccoli rabe in Australia/at my bounded bazaar so commissioned accustomed broccoli and appearance leaves. Accept no abstraction if this is a agnate aftertaste but it was wonderful!

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        This was abundant and my kids admired it!! I haven’t had gnocchi afore but this was appealing accessible and delicious. I additionally couldn’t acquisition broccoli rabe so I acclimated broccolini which formed well.

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          So blessed to apprehend it was a hit! Acknowledgment for the comment, Cynthia!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing! Gnocchi is so so acceptable and candied potato gnocchi is a no brainer combo!!! I am admiring this idea!!

    P.S. we fabricated your smoked apricot borsch aftermost night (It’s one of our faves!) and it was so so good!

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    I fabricated this with GF abrade and it ROCKED! Appetite to affect addition accomplish this!

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve begin that gnocchi doesn’t aftermost able-bodied in the fridge and becomes actual clammy and abhorrent How does this one go if able a day or so earlier?

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      I’ve absolutely above the gnocchi, put it in the fridge for a day, and again accomplished the bowl in the pan. It absolutely holds up appealing able-bodied back the gnocchi get brittle in the pan. 🙂

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this compound for banquet aftermost night and it was delicious. I adapted the quantities to accomplish abundant for two and was actively afflicted with the outcome, accustomed it was so easy.