Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi

How to Make Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi

If you love pasta and sweet potatoes, then this recipe is screaming for you to make it! These purple sweet potato gnocchi are soft, fat, chewy dumplings and fall in the pasta category. They are surprisingly easy to make and can be used in many different ways! In this recipe post, I have shared two different ways to prepare the purple sweet potato gnocchi: sauteed gnocchi with pistachio pesto and twice-baked parmesan gnocchi. I can’t wait for you to give them a try and hear your thoughts!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

What is Gnocchi?

Gnocchi, pronounced ‘n(y)oh-kee,’ are a type of pasta that are soft, fat, chewy dumplings. Gnocchi dough is typically made of flour, egg, and mashed potato, but recipes vary, such as in this post! Once the dumplings are formed, they are typically pressed against a fork or on a gnocchi board to create ridges that allow a sauce to adhere to them. Alternatively, the gnocchi is left completely smooth, which is my go-to way because it is less work and less time-consuming.

In Italian, gnocchi translates to ‘lumps.’ Lumps isn’t the most appetizing word, so I’m glad ‘gnocchi’ sounds much more appealing. While gnocchi are a traditional Italian pasta shape, they are made primarily of potato, which makes them considered dumplings. Doesn’t the idea of combining potato dumplings and pasta into one sound like an absolute mouth-watering dream?

Gnocchi and Pesto

Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi Dough is Basically Adult Playdough

Purple sweet potato gnocchi dough reminds me EXACTLY of playdough, so I always call it ‘adult playdough.’ It has the most beautiful bright purple color, and it feels seriously so similar to playdough to the point where it no longer looks or feels like food. It’s kind of crazy!

And the gnocchi is made with just THREE ingredients! Purple sweet potato, all-purpose flour, and salt. That’s it! You might think there’s food coloring in the dough due to how bright purple the gnocchi is, but the color is all natural!

Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi is Versatile

There are many different ways you can enjoy sweet potato gnocchi! In the recipe section below, I’ve provided two of my favorite ways to enjoy this gnocchi. The recipes are incredibly different, not only in looks and flavor but even in how they’re cooked.

One recipe prepares the gnocchi by boiling and then sauteeing them, which is the most common method of cooking the gnocchi. And then I top serve them with bright pistachio pesto, for which I have also provided a recipe below! This dish, which is what you see in all of the photos in this post, would make for a beautiful dish for an at-home date night!

The second gnocchi recipe I have shared with you is twice-baked parmesan sweet potato gnocchi! The gnocchi is tossed in parsley garlic olive oil and then roasted on parmesan butter spread. Once slightly cooled, the parmesan butter spread turns into the most delicious crust around the gnocchi, making for a super fun appetizer or side dish!

You cannot go wrong with either dish, trust me!

Inside of a Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi

If you make my vegan purple sweet potato gnocchi (or any of my recipes!), don’t forget to post a picture on Instagram, tag me @chefsummerstorm, and #gardengrub so I can see your recreation!


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Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi

How to Make Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Author Chef Summer Storm – garden grub
These vegan purple sweet potato gnocchi are soft, fat, chewy dumplings that are surprisingly easy to make. Below, I have provided two different dishes with written recipes using the gnocchi: sauteed gnocchi with pistachio pesto and twice-baked vegan parmesan and herb gnocchi!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 20 gnocchi


  • Olive oil, as needed for sauteeing the gnocchi


  • 3/4 cup roasted purple sweet potato, (See instructions below on how to roast a sweet potato)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the counter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Pistachio Pesto

  • 1/2 cup roasted pistachios, shells removed
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan, shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Twice-Baked Vegan Parmesan & Herb Gnocchi

  • 20 gnocchi (A 1x batch of the gnocchi recipe.)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup vegan parmesan, finely shredded


How to Roast a Sweet Potato and Make the Gnocchi

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • With a fork, stab the sweet potato several times around. Then, wrap the potato in tin foil, place it on a baking sheet, and bake it for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until soft. It may take another 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your potato.
  • Allow the sweet potato to cool down, then remove the skin. Measure the amount of sweet potato needed for the gnocchi and add it to a mixing bowl.
  • With a fork, mash the sweet potato until smooth.
  • Add the flour and salt to the sweet potato and mash them with a fork. Once combined, bring the dough together and place it on the counter. Knead for roughly 2 minutes, just until the dough is no longer sticky, adding a little flour to the counter as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. Do NOT add a ton of flour. Add only a little at a time.
  • Now, divide the dough ball in half Roll each chunk out into a rope-like shape that is about 1 inch thick around. Cut the ropes into 1-inch-long rectangles, giving you gnocchi!
  • Knead any leftover end bits or scraps together, re-roll into a rope, and cut into gnocchi. You should end up with about 20 gnocchi.

Pistachio Pesto

  • Add all ingredients, except the olive oil, to a food processor and blend until everything is in small bits.
  • Then, while blending, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.

How to Cook the Gnocchi

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, add a large saute pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add the gnocchi to the pot of boiling water, then stir just once to make sure none of the gnocchi are stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add roughly one tablespoon of olive oil to the saute pan.
  • Once the gnocchi are floating at the top (this will take about 30 seconds to 1 minute), immediately remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon to let the excess water drip off, then carefully place them in the prepared saute pan. Be careful, as adding wet food to an oily pan can cause the oil to splatter.
  • Cook the gnocchi on each side for a couple of minutes, getting them nice, golden brown, and crispy.
  • Serve them however you'd like! I suggest serving them with a few dots of the pistachio pesto, a drizzle of your favorite olive oil, and a pinch of flakey sea salt! This makes for a delicious appetizer or a side dish!

Twice-Baked Vegan Parmesan & Herb Gnocchi

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic powder, dried parsley, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Add 15 uncooked gnocchi into the mixing bowl and gently toss to coat them in the mixture evenly.
  • Add the butter and parmesan to a 9-inch by 6-inch rectangular glass dish and mash them together to create a paste. Spread the paste evenly across the bottom of the dish.
  • Evenly distribute the gnocchi on top of the parmesan paste, gently and lightly pressing them down into the paste.
  • Bake the dish on the middle oven rack for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes to let the cheese firm up, then enjoy as a fun appetizer or side dish!
Keyword gnocchi, sweet potato, sweet potato gnocchi
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Welcome to the tip section of the purple sweet potato gnocchi recipe! Here I provide my top tips to help you perfect the recipe. Sometimes, I also give substitute suggestions that I think you may find helpful.

  1. You can use regular sweet potato if you can’t find purple sweet potato! Of course, the gnocchi will look and taste a little different, but nonetheless, they will still taste delicious!


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