Gnocchi is the Italian name for a variety of thick, soft noodles or
dumplings. They may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, potato, bread
crumbs, or similar ingredients. The smaller forms are called gnocchetti.
Left: Gnocchi with tomato.
The word gnocchi means "lumps". It has been a traditional
pastatype of probably Middle Eastern origin since Roman times.
Gnocchi are eaten in Italy as entrées (primi piatti), alternatives to soups
(minestre), or pasta. They are widely available dried, frozen, or fresh in
vacuum sealed packages in supermarkets and Italian specialty stores. Classic
accompaniments of gnocchi include tomato sauces, pesto, and melted butter
(sometimes fried butter) with cheese.