Gnocchi alla Vodka

This recipe is my grandma recipe. We used to make gnocchi on sundays and the kids would always help to cut while the nonna will be making the sauce. 


  • Yellow Potatoes 2 pounds
  • Flour 4 oz (aprox)
  • Butter 1 Tblsp  
  • Salt 1 Tblsp 
  1. Put potatoes with the skin in a pot with cold salty water
  2. Bring to boil and cooked until soft
  3. Peel the potatoes
  4. Mash the potatoes
  5. Add the butter, flour and the salt , do not overwork...
  6. Cut the dough in 3 pieces, roll each in order to form a string 1.5 cm thick
  7. Cut the strings with a sharp knife to form dowels; you can choose the dimension of your gnocchi.

-After cook the potatoes, let the potatoes to
cool down without add any water on top!
-Work with the potatoes while the potatoes are still warm.
-Use the best potatoes you can find.
-You can also fill the gnocchi with ham and cheese, make a tomato sauce and bake it with cheese on the top!

Vodka Sauce

-1 finely chopped onion
-1/2 cup of vodka
-5 tablespoons of Tomato paste
-5 tablespoons of Double cream
-1/2 cup of Chopped parsley
-Salt & Pepper to taste
-Parmiggiano or Grana Padano
-Olive oil

1. In a saucepan (medium heat), sauté the onions (about 3 minutes).  

2. Pour the vodka and turn the fire on high until the vodka catches on fire.  Another option is to carefully ignite the vodka with a stove lighter, or simply don't ignite the vodka if you think your house will catch on fire to make this recipe.
3. When the fire is done, add the tomato paste and one cup of water, let cook for another 3 minutes on medium heat and then add the cream and the parsley.

4. When the pasta is cooked, turn the fire on maximum and mix the pasta in with the sauce.  If the sauce is too thick, you can always add small spoons of the water that cooked the gnocchi.