Shaun Rankin's brilliant homemade gnocchi recipe has a tasty twist, as it uses sweet potatoes instead of conventional potatoes. Not only does gnocchi make a marvelously healthy dinner, but it is great fun to make, and easy enough for children to get involved in the process. Using pasta flour will give the gnocchi a feather light finish, and if you're looking to make this recipe suitable for vegetarians, replace the Parmesan with a vegetarian cheese

Method
1.
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 4
2.
Bake the sweet potato until cooked through, approximately 1 hour
3.
While still warm but cool enough to handle, use a blunt knife to remove the skin. Use a fork to break up the sweet potato and then allow to cool slightly
4.
Sift the flour over the sweet potato and use your hands to mix in well
Room for a little one
Let children mix together the sweet potato and flour with their hands until thoroughly mixed
5.
Add the yolks, herbs and salt and pepper, mix together to form a dough. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky
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Tasty trivia
When you use chives in this recipe, you’re taking part in a culinary tradition that dates back 5000 years
6.
Roll out the dough into long sausages, approximately 1cm thick. With a sharp knife cut into 2.5cm wide dumplings
7.
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Drop in the gnocchi and cook for 2 minutes
8.
Remove with a slotted spoon and place into iced water - this will stop the cooking process immediately. Drain well on kitchen paper
9.
Heat the butter in a frying pan and once it starts to foam, add the gnocchi and cook for 1 minute. The gnocchi should take on a nut-brown colour
10.
Warm the passata in a small pan until hot. Divide the gnocchi across 4 plates, pour over the hot passata sauce
Tasty trivia
The word gnocchi may come from the Italian word for a knot in wood, nocchio, or from the word for knuckle, nocca
11.
Finish with shavings of Parmesan cheese, rocket, parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately
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Ingredients

Sweet potato gnocchi

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Nutrition (per Portion)

Calories

354
18%

Sugars

8g
9%

Fat

15g
22%

Saturates

6g
29%

Salt

645mg
11%
of an adult's guideline daily amount
Gnocchi gets a sweet twist in Shaun Rankin's sweet potato gnocchi recipe that's ideal for kids

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I am going to be trying this with a pinch of smoked paprika for colour and flavour to complement the sweetness
23 March 2013

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