plural noun
gnoc·​chi | \ ˈnȯ-kē How to pronounce gnocchi (audio) , ˈnyȯ-, ˈnä- How to pronounce gnocchi (audio) \

Definition of gnocchi

: dumplings usually made with potato or semolina and served with sauce

Examples of gnocchi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Villon, Fox has added a shrimp agnolotti with roasted chicken dashi; potato gnocchi with mushroom and kale; and fish and chips with a a sea bean and seaweed slaw, among other things. Justin Phillips,, "Former Commonwealth chef Jason Fox to head restaurants at Mid-Market’s Proper Hotel," 13 Jan. 2020 With such humble chambers, the polished, multicourse dinner that awaited was a delicious surprise: venison laced with lingonberry jam, roast deer with pine nuts and apples and potato gnocchi stuffed with ricotta and figs. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "Hut Skiing in the Dolomites: Storybook Scenery and Grappa Included," 25 Nov. 2019 Some of Flanigan’s new menu items include potato gnocchi with crispy duck confit and sherry gastrique, lavender chicken with pink peppercorns and honey, and a 16-ounce ribeye with butter-poached tomatoes and crispy potatoes. Grace Wong,, "Soul food in Garfield Park, South Indian dosas in the Loop, plus more Chicago restaurant openings," 9 Oct. 2019 So there are never more than seven or so pastas on the menu at any given time, including feather-light potato gnocchi dressed simply in olive oil and tossed with slivered almonds, sweet cherry tomatoes and wild arugula. Los Angeles Times, "At Colapasta in downtown Santa Monica, a Michelin-starred chef returns to his roots," 9 Oct. 2019 Lunch will be chicken with gnocchi soup, salad, a breadstick and dessert. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety courses offered in Lakewood: A Place in the Sun," 14 Jan. 2020 Diners can also add sausage, shrimp, or lobster (gnocchi and pasta dishes can also be ordered in half-portions). Brion O’connor,, "Phat Cats Bistro knows its neighborhood," 24 Jan. 2020 Published by Page Street in August, the book is filled with recipes like cacio e pepe, but made with Gorgonzola and gnocchi, and chicken soup made with hominy, poblano chile and a generous garnish of avocado and Cheez-Its. Emily Weinstein, New York Times, "What I Learned in a Year of Weeknight Cooking," 24 Sep. 2019 Branzino gets fancied up with a ring of mussels, lobster sauce and melting fennel, while gnocchi with roasted mushrooms and tendrils of arugula proves a more straightforward pleasure. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Bar Charley has grown up. Now, you’ll dine as well as you drink.," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gnocchi

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnocchi

Italian, plural of gnocco, from Italian dialect (Veneto), probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German knöchel knuckle, knoche bone — more at knuckle

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The first known use of gnocchi was in 1891

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26 Feb 2020

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“Gnocchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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: small balls of dough made from potatoes or flour that are boiled in water and usually served with a sauce in Italian cooking

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