Gnocchi alla Romana

 The divine gnocchi alla Romana!

The first time I made these gnocchi alla Romana, was actually the first time I had eaten them. However, it wasn’t the last! They have become a firm family favourite! I love potato gnocchi, but they aren’t always very light and many gnocchi dishes are better eaten in the winter when we need and crave more substantial meals! These, on the other hand, can also be served as a starter. They are rich but light and a real melt in your mouth treat!

(click to go straight to recipeGnocchi alla Romana

These gnocchi are also one of the most famous examples of pre-or non-potato gnocchi and are very similar to the type of dumplings enjoyed in Ancient Rome, hence the name ‘alla Romana’ (Roman gnocchi). Despite the fact that some people attribute the origin of these gnocchi to Piedmont because of the high butter content which is not typical in Lazio cusine, they are a traditional dish in Rome and Lazio.

Gnocchi alla Romana

 So easy to make!

Apart from being to-die-for delicious, gnocchi alla Romana really are easy to make and unlike their cousins, potato gnocchi, there’s no risk that they may become gluey or heavy. Once you have made the dough, you need to let it cool, but apart from that it doesn’t take long to make and bake these divine gnocchi.

Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana can be served in different ways!

The classic Roman recipe on the next page uses a simple butter and cheese dressing, but these gnocchi alla Romana can be served in other ways; such as with a bechamel sauce, a mornay sauce, a four cheese sauce or a sauce mixed with ham, bacon, pancetta or vegetables. They can also be served ‘alla Sorrentina’ which means baked with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil.  You can also put some chopped greens or herbs, such as spinach, nettle, chicory, basil etc. into the dough.

gnocchi alla Romana

gnocchi alla Romana

Traditionally, gnocchi alla Romana are shaped in circles but the dough can also be cut into squares or other shapes! So, if you’re making these with the kids, you can have some fun and cut them in different shapes! Actually, even without kids, you can get creative with the shape!

gnocchi alla Romana

gnocchi alla Romana

If you haven’t made them before, I would recommend going with this classic ‘alla Romana’ recipe. Then perhaps later trying them with another kind of sauce. I have also made them ‘alla Sorrentino’, which is delicious too. Whichever way you serve them, I’m sure it will be love at first bite!

Buon appetito!

(see the recipe on the next page. Just scroll down and click 2)

gnocchi alla Romana



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  • Stephanie Simmons
    May 29, 2018 3:51 pm

    This is such a fun take on traditional gnocchi! I love gnocchi so I’m sure I’ll love this

  • Chef Mireille
    May 29, 2018 3:40 am

    I’ve only ever made the classic gnocchi – will definitely be trying out this version

    • admin
      June 4, 2018 10:11 am

      You will love these gnocchi, I’m sure Mireille! They’re lighter than classic gnocchi and really taste divine! All the best dear! Jacqui

  • Mayuri Patel
    May 28, 2018 7:26 pm

    Wow gnocchi alla Romana looks so so delicious. Love your step by step explanation. I’ll have to try this dish out at home.

    • admin
      June 4, 2018 10:10 am

      Thanks so much Mayuri! Yes these gnocchi are really delicious! I’m sure you’ll love them if you try them! Greetings from Verona! Jacqui

  • Casey
    May 28, 2018 1:16 pm

    I love gnocchi, but have never tried gnocchi Alla Roman. I am definitely going to have to try this because it looks fantastic!!

    • admin
      June 4, 2018 10:09 am

      Thank you Casey! I’m sure you’ll love these gnocchi. They’re much lighter than potato gnocchi and really melt in your mouth! Baci from Verona! Jacqui

  • Laura
    May 28, 2018 6:45 am

    With this recipe you made me travel back in time. My mom used to make them all the times with plenty of cheese on top. Unfortunately, my husband does not like semolino but since he is traveling I will jump to a supermarket and make them this evening for me and the boys.

    • admin
      June 4, 2018 10:08 am

      What a pity your hubby doesn’t like semolino Laura! I hope you and your boys enjoyed them! I need to make them again soon myself. I love gnocchi alla Romana so much! Hugs from Verona! Jacqui

  • Brian Jones
    May 28, 2018 5:57 am

    What a lovely sounding recipe, I love making and eating gnocchi, I gotta give these a try.

  • Brian Jones
    May 28, 2018 5:55 am

    What a lovely sounding recipe, very new to me but I love making and eating gnocchi, definitely giving this a try!

    • admin
      June 4, 2018 10:05 am

      Thanks so much Brian! I’m sure you’ll love these gnocchi. They’re so light and melt in your mouth scrumptious! All the best Jacqui

  • Caroline
    May 28, 2018 1:07 am

    I’v heard of this but never made it – intrigued to give it a try, for sure, as they look good.

  • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    May 27, 2018 3:44 pm

    I have never seen gnocchi made like this. In fact, I think I have only tried gnocchi one time in my life, so I don’t know what I like. But this looks so good, I am sure I would devour it!

  • Honey @ The Girl Next Shore
    May 27, 2018 10:17 am

    Jacqui, this recipe sounds utterly delicious – and that’s huge coming from someone who’s not too keen on gnocchi! Great photos, I’m sold!

  • Syama
    May 27, 2018 12:40 am

    These look so delicious ! I have never tried making gnocchi at home and find your recipe intriguing . Will definitely give it a try !

  • camila
    May 26, 2018 11:05 pm

    Wow, what an unique twist on the classic gnocchi!! I so want to try this! Extremely tempting!

  • Lisa
    May 26, 2018 6:09 pm

    Yum! What a great recipe! I’ve never tried gnocchi like this before, but that just might need to change now!

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