Today I really needed some food therapy!

After a couple of scary days with a bit of temperature (that now is gone), I just decided I needed to make something relaxing with my hands!

So I made handmade potato gnocchi! They are very easy and so much fun to make, and, like any other food that is made with our hands, very therapeutic.

And you just need a fork, not even a pasta machine!



Ingredients for 5 servings

– 1 lb (500 grams) potatoes
– 7 oz (200 grams) flour (grano duro /durum wheat or farro)
– 1 egg
– Pinch sea salt
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Boil the potatoes with the skin. When they are soft, let them cool down, peel and mash them.
Put them in a bowl, add 1 egg, flour, 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and mix everything with your hands.
The quantity of flour may change depending on the type of potatoes you use.

On a wooden board, where you previously put some flour, roll lumps of dough into long serpents not more than an inch thick and then cut off small rectangular cubes.

Using a fork, turn each rectangular cube into gnocchi by pressing with your thumb and turning the rectangular cube around your thumb.

Note: if the cubes are too sticky when you press them on the fork, then pass them in the flour first and then press them gently with your thumb.

Put all the gnocchi on a plate where you spread some flour (so they don’t stick).

In a pan boil the water, with sea salt and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
When the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and remove them after 4-5 minutes, once they start floating.

Serve them right away with some intense extra virgin olive oil (Green Season), sage leaves and Parmigiano cheese. Or also with tomato sauce.


What relaxing food do you make with your hands?