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 The gnocchi with meat sauce was equally delicious but on the heartier side. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Apr. 2021 In this episode of Robb Report Culinary School, Williams joins editor Jeremy Repanich to share his tips to make great gnocchi every time. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "Watch Chef Douglass Williams Show How to Make Tender and Light Ricotta Gnocchi at Home," 24 Mar. 2021 His potato gnocchi in tomato cream sauce is top-notch, too. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Nick Camino of WKYC offers favorite dining choices - Five for Friday," 11 Mar. 2021 Slip as many gnocchi at a time as will float freely into rapidly simmering water, stirring gently with a wooden spoon. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 Add olive oil and unsalted butter, add some gnocchi without crowding, and sauté until nicely colored, gently flip and cook the other side. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 Occupying a former hotel, The Wardroom is a retail gourmet shop during the day that transforms into a lively gnocchi and wine bar at night. Katie Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Maryland’s Most Charming Town Is Where Big City Cool Meets Small Town America," 4 Oct. 2020 The gnocchi were creamy and rich, with a silky, earthy, mushroom sauce that managed to avoid being overly heavy. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Pressed for time? These take-and-bake menus bring Anchorage restaurants to your dinner table," 17 Sep. 2020 Offering homemade gnocchi and ravioli since 2008, this small eatery from Northern Italy husband-and-wife owners Luigi and Esperanza Marenco seats only 20 customers. Phillip Valys,, "Let’s Eat Safely, South Florida: Which Broward, Palm Beach restaurants do COVID-19 dining right?," 5 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Gnocchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gnocchi

: 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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