Zucchini Gnocchi Recipe

There are no potatoes in this homemade Zucchini Gnocchi. It’s mostly zucchini with a little flour and cheese, pan-fried with marinara sauce. Delish!
PREP TIME:40minutes 
COOK TIME:20minutes 
YIELD: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Side Dish
CUISINE: American-Italian, Italian-American


  • box grater


  • 3 pounds zucchini (grated with the large holes of a box grater)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more for sprinkling)
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • basil (optional for serving)


  • Add zucchini to a large deep skillet or pot and cook, covered until tender and soft, about 8 to 12 minutes stirring. Set aside to cool.
  • Place the zucchini in a dish towel and squeeze out as much excess water as possible then place in a large bowl.
  • Add the flour, cheese and salt into the bowl with the zucchini and mix with a fork at first, then using your hands to fold and squeeze everything together into a dough.
  • Dust a work surface with flour, then separate the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 2 3/4 ounces each. One at a time, roll each ball into a ½-inch-thick rope 10 inches long and set aside. Continue until all the dough is used up.
  • Next, cut each rope into 13 equal sized (gnocchi-like) pieces, slightly nudging the pieces apart so they’re not touching. You should get about 108 pieces total. If at any point the dough becomes too sticky to work with, add flour to your hands.
  • In two batches, liberally spray a large a skillet with oil and warm over medium heat. Place half of the gnocchi on the hot skillet (if the pieces stick together just slice them apart in the skillet using the spatula). Do not overcrowd the pan; you’ll need to cook the gnocchi in two batches.
  • Let the gnocchi sit in the hot pan undisturbed for 2 minutes, then gently flip using a spoon or tongs, being careful not to squish them. Sprinkle salt over the tops and continue to cook for another 2 to 4 minutes or until desired doneness.
  • Set aside and repeat with remaining gnocchi, then add everything back to the skillet and pour the marinara over everything, give a stir and serve topped with optional grated cheese.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe, about 27 piecesCalories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 7.5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 679.5mgFiber: 4gSugar: 13g
– W..W Points: 3
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