Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce

I’ve been eating Italian food for as long as I can remember. Out of everything that I found difficult when I became vegan, Italian food was certainly one of the things that I’ve missed the most. Pizza. Good Italian wood-fired pizza. But now with places like Gigi Pizzeria in Sydney, it’s all possible!

I’ve had so many different types of gnocchi, and I must say that there’s nothing quite like making it from scratch at home. I didn’t think that it would be possible to make it using gluten-free flour, as they all have different consistencies, textures, and flavours. I do use an all-purpose gluten-free flour for most of my dishes that call for it these days and find that it works well every time.

I normally make gnocchi when I have leftover mash but using sweet potato gives it more depth in flavour especially when you bake the potatoes whole first. The secret to a great smooth consistency is to blend it in a food processor. I used to do it by hand, but it turns out much better when blended. If you have children, this is a great dish to get them involved in! You can also use regular plain flour for this recipe; it will work just as well.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce

I originally posted this recipe with roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh rocket, but as we are going through our archives and based on our goal for the year shared in this post, I felt that this recipe needed a refresh. This sauce is so simple, but the flavours achieved are amazing. It doesn’t take extra time to make it as it’s done during the time when the sweet potatoes are in the oven.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce

Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce (Gluten-Free)

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

4-5

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 cups all purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1-1 ยฝ red capsicum depending on the size, diced
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes + ยฝ the can water
  • 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Pepper for seasoning
  • Small handful of basil, torn (optional)
  • Nutritional Yeast to sprinkle (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fork the sweet potatoes to let out steam when baking. Place on a baking tray. Turn the oven on 180C (350F) and bake for around 40-50 minutes or until soft enough to mash.
  2. While the potatoes are baking, get started on the sauce.
  3. In a saucepan, place the olive oil and onion on low-medium heat. Saute until onion is soft and slightly brown.
  4. Add in the capsicum and place lid part of the way on the saucepan and cook/saute for about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add in the canned tomatoes and fill the can with ยฝ water and pour that into the saucepan as well.
  6. Add in the garlic, seasoning, and stir in well, leaving it to simmer until the capsicum is soft for about 10-15 minutes on low heat.
  7. Once the potatoes are done, let cool enough to be able to peel the potato and place in blender with 3 cups of the flour and season. Blend until smooth. If the consistency of the dough is not sticking together well yet and has a doughy texture, add more flour and blend again.
  8. Sprinkle some flour on the bench and break a large handful of the dough and roll into a long 2-3cm thick log.
  9. With a knife, cut the gnocchi into 2cm (bite sized) pieces and set aside to cook. Continue rolling out and cutting the rest of the dough.
  10. Bring a big pot of water to the boil. Place around 20 pieces in and wait until they float to the top. They should cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute before they are done. Taste one and get a feel for how long each batch will take. (Note: As you are cooking the gnocchi, add a little olive oil to the batch that you have cooked and toss through. This will stop them from sticking to each other or if the sauce is finished, add them to that saucepan as you are going, making sure you drain the excess water.)
  11. Once you have finished all the gnocchi, if you didn't add them to the sauce as you went along, do so now. Stir well and serve.
  12. You can sprinkle some nutritional yeast on each serve and some hand torn basil if you wish.
https://theminimalistvegan.com/sweet-potato-gnocchi/

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce

It’s pretty simple right? Try experimenting with adding herbs or spices into the dough mix for some extra flavour. This would have to be one of my favourite Italian dishes. How about you? What Italian dish have you transformed into a vegan dish and is a staple in your home?

Last updated 26/01/2018 from original recipe on 20/03/2015.

12 comments… add one
  • DESPINA HANDOLIAS 26/03/2015

    This was brilliant, thank you! As expected the gnocchi took a little time to make but it was so worth it and we got two meals out of it. We did not use gluten free flour and it worked out so beautifully. The roasted cherry tomatoes was a perfect match and a time saver compared with making a sauce on the oven top. We shared a photo of the finished product and provided your link as there was a lot of interest. Well done!

    • Thanks so much for sharing Despina! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. I agree about the sauce, it’s nice to have something simple for a change ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danni 01/04/2015

    This sounds incredible! Can’t wait to try. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your recipe!!

  • I recently made eggplant rollatini vegan by using a homemade cashew cheese as the filling instead of ricotta. Delicious! Curious – what is your favorite gluten-free all purpose flour?

  • deb vermillion 04/05/2015

    what are the nutritional values on this recipe? thanks

  • Danni 11/08/2015

    Howzit?
    I’ve been trying to make this over the last few days but it doesn’t seem to be working out, but I’m determined as I love Gnocchi & have nothing else to eat. So far I’ve used more potato & less flour but the mixture seems too dry to form a dough. I baked the potatoes a few days ago & put them into the fridge. Any suggestions on what to do? I was hoping to double the recipe. Thnx!

    • Hi Danni,

      How soft were the potatoes when you finished baking them? It could be that they weren’t cooked for long enough or that they dried up in storage. Sometimes potatoes tend to do that if they are left for too long. I hope that helps! Let me know how you go ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Danni 12/08/2015

        Ok thanks for getting back to me, it’s been sitting in the fridge. What do you suggest then? Just adding water until I have the right consistency?

        • Oh right. I would put it back in the food processor and add a little water and see what it turns out like. Don’t add too much water though and if you can also add a bit of olive oil in there too to keep it a nice consistency. That’s what I would try but it’s hard for me to know if I don’t physical see and feel the dough. Good luck!

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