Sweet potatoes gnocchi are my favorite. Unfortunately, we don’t have many in Morocco. But during winter, you can find some in the North of Morocco (I don’t know why). But not for long… Each year I would be on a treasure quest looking for sweet potatoes. To this day, I don’t know why it is so hard to find them (while you can find a lot of exotic products such as Dragon fruits!). Usually, in Morocco, we use potatoes that are more white we call sweet potatoes… Weird, I know.
Since I live in the US now, it’s no longer a problem. You can play with sweet, purple, mini potatoes! I know that potatoes are not known to be very healthy, but sweet potatoes are different as they have a lower glycemic index!
This recipe is indulgent if you want some yumminess during fall or if you have friends or family coming.
It takes some time to learn how to do the shape, but honestly, it’s soooo good it’s totally worth it.
Next step, I really need to buy a shaper 🙂 Yes, I am a shopaholic when it comes to food and baking.
In this recipe, I decided to give you 2 options. The first one is sage and butter sauce and the second one is with fresh spinach. Both are amazing.
Sweet Potatoes Gnocchi Ingredients
- Sweet potatoes
- All-purpose flour
- Grated parmesan cheese
Ingredients for Sage and Butter Sauce:
- Ground nutmeg
- Unsalted butter
- Fresh sage leaves
Ingredients for Spinach Sauce:
- Fresh spinach leaves
- Olive oil
Is Sweet Potato Gnocchi Good for You?
Sweet potato gnocchi boasts a wealth of health benefits, making it a delightful addition to any diet. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals, it’s a nutritious alternative to traditional pasta. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which promotes healthy vision and skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts immunity. Additionally, the vibrant orange hue indicates the presence of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant.
Moreover, sweet potato gnocchi is a good source of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting a feeling of fullness. It has a lower glycemic index compared to regular potato gnocchi or pasta, making it an excellent option for those managing their blood sugar levels.
What to Serve with Sweet Potato Gnocchi?
Pairing sweet potato gnocchi with the right sauces and accompaniments elevates its taste and texture. Here are two delightful sauce ideas:
- Sage and Butter Sauce: In a pan, melt a generous amount of butter over low heat. Add fresh sage leaves and gently fry them until crispy. The butter will take on a nutty aroma, complementing the natural sweetness of the gnocchi. Toss the cooked sweet potato gnocchi in this aromatic sauce and finish with a sprinkle of grated parmesan for a luscious and comforting meal.
- Spinach Sauce: For a healthier option, blend fresh spinach leaves, garlic, and a touch of olive oil until smooth. Sauté the sauce briefly in a pan before mixing it with the cooked gnocchi. This verdant sauce adds a burst of flavor and an extra dose of nutrients to your dish.
Is Gnocchi More Unhealthy Than Pasta?
The answer lies in the ingredients and preparation. Traditional potato gnocchi and pasta are typically made from refined wheat flour, which lacks the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes. Moreover, pasta tends to be higher in calories and carbohydrates, making it less suitable for some dietary preferences.
Sweet potato gnocchi, on the other hand, offers a more nutrient-dense option. It provides a healthier dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making it a great choice for those looking to incorporate more wholesome ingredients into their meals.
However, it’s essential to remember that the overall healthiness of a dish depends on the preparation and portion size. When paired with nutritious sauces and enjoyed in moderation, sweet potato gnocchi can be a delicious and healthful addition to any diet.
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To start with you can use a fork to create the gnocchi shape. But if you want to elevate you gnocchi game, you can still buy a Gnocchi board.