Sex with Your Pants On Gluten-Free Gnocchi

Last modified on April 24th, 2019 at 11:22 am

Light, pillowy and smothered in a a tomato and roasted red pepper sauce, these gluten-free gnocchi are dreamy and irresistible. And, if this homemade gnocchi recipe is sex with your pants on, we don’t want to take our pants off.

Have you ever had sex with your pants on? Yes, we did just go there, and no we’re not that kind of blog. The term SWYPO first hit our radar a couple weeks ago when we guest blogged on the Whole30 Recipes Instagram and Facebook account. We were instructed to avoid recipe recreations of traditional junk foods or SWYPO, including all baked goods, pizza, waffles, cakes and pudding.

Close up of Whole30 Gnocchi in a white bowl with black charger

Based on the Whole30 construct, eating these kinds of foods is just like having sex with your pants on. It’s good, but it’s not that good, and all it makes you think about is how mundane the dish is, and how delicious the other version would be (just like… well, you know).

Whole30 believes that if you continue to have sex with your pants on, at some point you’re gonna want to take your pants off and give in to the comfort foods you’ve been trying to ween off of.

During our Whole30 Recipes takeover, our  “Whole30” Gluten-Free Gnocchi recipe was considered SWYPO. And while it was a compliment to our sexy pasta dish, it just didn’t make the cut, however, we have lots of other great Whole30 recipes in our arsenal like our Plant Based Curry Cauliflower Soup, Crispy Oven-Baked French Fries, Kale & Sweet Potato Stew, and more. For those who are in the mood to break the rules, here are the step-by-step instructions to make your very own gluten-free gnocchi.

Ingredients for gluten-free gnocchi arranged on a marble table.

How to Make Gluten-Free Gnocchi

Boil the Potatoes

Peel and dice the potatoes and place in a pot with salted cold water. Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until fork tender. Strain the potatoes and process through a ricer, into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

How to Make the Tomato Sauce

Heat a saucepan on medium-high with olive oil. Sauté the shallots for a minute, then add the red pepper and garlic and continue to cook for 5 minutes stirring a few times. Add the canned tomatoes and basil. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. If desired, blend the sauce with an immersion blender. Ensure to season the sauce before adding to the gluten-free gnocchi.

Uncooked gluten-free gnocchi with a gnocchi shaping board.

How to Shape the Gnocchi

Once the potatoes have cooled, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix in the eggs until well incorporated, followed by the potato starch. Combine with your hands and lightly knead until all the starch is absorbed. Turn the dough out onto your countertop, roll into half inch ribbons and cut into your desired gnocchi size. If you have a gnocchi board, shape each piece and place onto a plate to dry out for 10-15 minutes.

Bring it All Together

Start a large pot of salted water to boil and once boiling, heat olive oil on medium-high in a large sauté pan. Add gnocchi to the boiling water and cook until they float to the surface, about 60-90 seconds. Remove with slotted pan and shake off excess water. Carefully place the gnocchi directly in the hot pan and shake vigorously to ensure they don’t stick. Cook until golden brown, and then gently stir in the tomato sauce and a few extra leaves of basil.

Bon appetit,

Chef Sous Chef

PS: If you’re not on Whole30 and craving gnocchi, our Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce is a must-try!

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“Whole30” Gluten-Free Gnocchi

Gluten Free Gnocchi

Light and pillowy, smothered in a tomato and red pepper sauce, these gluten-free gnocchi are dreamy and irresistible.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Food + Drink, Main, Whole30
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian, Whole30

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 small shallots diced
  • 1 small red pepper diced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 can whole Italian tomatoes (746ml)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5-6 basil leaves

Gnocchi

  • 4 large white potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 large eggs beeten
  • 3/4 cup potato starch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

No. 1 | Peel and dice the potatoes and place in a pot with salted cold water. Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 10-12 minutes. Strain the potatoes and process through a ricer and into a large bowl. Set aside to cool.

No. 2 | Meanwhile, heat a saucepan on medium-high with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Sauté the shallots for 1 minute, then add the red pepper and garlic and continue to cook for 5 minutes stirring a few times. Add the canned tomatoes and basil, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer.

No. 3 | Once the potatoes are cooled, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. While stirring, add the beaten eggs and mix in until well incorporated. Add potato starch and lightly knead until all the starch is absorbed. Turn out onto your countertop and roll the dough into a 1/2 inch ribbons. Cut each ribbon into 1/2 inch portions of gnocchi. If you have a gnocchi board, then shape each piece and place onto a plate to dry out for 10-15 minutes.

No. 4 | Start a large pot of salted water to boil. At this point, you can blend the tomato sauce with an immersion blender, taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Cover and continue to simmer until ready to use.

No. 5 | Once the water begins to boil, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high in a large sauté pan. Add gnocchi to the boiling water and cook until they float to the surface, about 60-90 seconds. Remove with slotted pan and shake off excess water. Place the gnocchi directly in the hot pan and shake vigorously to ensure they don’t stick. Cook until golden brown, and then gently stir in the tomato sauce and a few extra leaves of basil.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Maggie
    November 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Wow, wow, wow. This is so good. I know you’re not really supposed to eat gnocchi during Whole30 but this is a great recipe for once you finished Whole30 but are continuing with the lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Nysha
    October 14, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Looks good but the gnocchi didn’t form a dough even with more potato starch. .
    I will try again – I wonder if cooking the pottin a pressure cooker made them wetter than boiling and that threw off the dough.
    I ended up adding more egg and a little water and making pancakes And they were yummy.

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      October 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Nysha,

      We’re glad you tried the recipe and shared your experience. We haven’t tried cooking the potatoes in a pressure cooker so I couldn’t say confidently what the issue was. We have made this several times without issue, so we are hopeful it will turn out better for you next time. Glad you were able to repurpose them into something delicious.

  • Reply
    Dottie
    January 19, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I made my own sauce, but made the gnocchi and they were fabulous! I am on Whole30 and all the ingredients are compliant. I like to cook. I like to eat, and I am eating better–i really don’t see a problem. I’ll make these again, both my picky kids loved them!!!

  • Reply
    Karen
    April 1, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Great recipe!!..wonderful and light and comforting on a cold winter day!
    ( I find the SWYPO rule is far to selective to begin with … so I completely ignore it… This recipe does not make me crave the “normal” stuff.. it helps me to find healthier alternatives to the not so healthy foods I was eating!)

    • Reply
      Karen
      April 1, 2019 at 8:52 am

      My second attempt at these didnt go as well as my first..(over cooked the taters!).. but my third went great.. which I tossed in a pan with some ghee, caramelized onions and mushroom and a garlic coconut cream sauce… served it to my italian chef friend who will now be making this gnocchi in his restaurant as a gluten free alternative for his customers!

      • Reply
        Chef Sous Chef
        April 1, 2019 at 9:39 am

        Hi Karen. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Your version sounds absolutely delicious, and what a compliment to know your friend will serve it in their restaurant. Thanks again!

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