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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi are little potato dumplings that are eaten like pasta. There are a million different ways to make them and eat them, but this way is my favorite at the moment.


The gnocchi require a super small list of ingredients, just potatoes, flour and spices- you probably have the ingredients in your pantry right now. Since kale is my favorite green veg, that’s what I mixed in with these sweet potato dumplings . The longest part of the process is rolling and cutting all the gnocchi, with the coking time being only about 4 minutes (not including the kale).


If you try this recipe, let me know! If you mix different veggies into yours, let me know how it goes! ! Leave a comment below, or share a picture on instagram with #datkindlife . Stay kind, bbs!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Kale and Crispy Sage

Prep Time: 30 mins    Cook Time: 12 mins    Total Time: 42 mins



·      2 medium sweet potatoes, baked

·      1 medium russet potato, baked

·      ½ teaspoon salt

·      pinch nutmeg

·      1 1/4 – 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I know it’s a big difference- depends how much mash you get out of your potatoes)


·      ¼ cup olive oil

·      10-15 fresh sage leaves

·      salt, to taste

·      3 cloves garlic, minced

·      1 bunch kale, removed from stems and cut into 1 inch strips

·      2 tablespoons maple syrup

·      salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

·      crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)


1.    While potatoes are hot and fresh out the oven (or microwave, no judgement), peel off their skin and mash them together in a medium bowl and set aside to cool.

2.    Once cooled to room temperature, add in the salt, nutmeg, and 1 1/4 cups flour. Mix until well combined. If dough seems very sticky and not yet like a soft dough, mix in up to ¼ cup more flour and knead with your hands until a soft dough forms. Continue to add ¼ cup of flour at a time, as needed, until the dough is soft and not super sticky.

3.    Put the dough ball onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into several chunks and roll each chunk into a rope, about 1/2” in diameter. Cut each rope into 1/2” pieces until all dough has been cut into lil nuggets.

4.    Roll each little potato nugget across a fork to make the iconic gnocchi ridges in the dough. This step is optional!

5.    Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and drop about 10 gnocchi in at a time. Sometimes my gnocchi float, sometimes they never do. If yours float, cook for 2 additional minutes once they’re at the top. If yours don’t float, just boil the gnocchi for about 4 minutes total. Remove the boiled gnocchi with a slotted spoon and set aside. Repeat until all gnocchi have been cooked.

6.    In a medium skillet, heat ¼ cup olive oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot and shimmering, add about 5 sage leaves at a time for a few seconds, or until crisp. If the oil is hot, it should take no more than 4 seconds. Scoop out the fired leaves with a fork and set to drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.

7.    Discard about half of the oil left in the pan from frying the sage, then return the pan to burner. Add garlic to the same pan/leftover oil you just fried the sage in over medium heat and sauté until tender. Add in the kale and cook, stirring frequently, until leaves are tender and wilted. Add in the maple syrup, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste. Toss in cooked gnocchi until coated in garlicky oil and kale is mixed evenly throughout.

8.    Plate gnocchi and top with crispy sage. Enjoy!

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