Our gluten-free expert, Georgi Page-Smith, approves of Nocca’s gluten-free gnocchi (NYAW-kee). Gnocchi are soft dough dumplings that may be made from semolina or ordinary wheat flour and filled with cheese, potato or other ingredients .

Nocca is an Italian pasta company that specializes in quick-to-the-table, shelf-stable gnocchi.

They make conventional gnocchi with wheat flour and a potato filling, plus a gluten-free version made with rice flour.

When I discovered Nocca Gnocchi at last summer’s Fancy Food Show (alas, no show this year due to COVID), I was thrilled for an opportunity to sample the gluten-free version which, as they say, can be ready to serve in as little as 2 minutes on the boil.
 
 
TASTING THE GNOCCHI

Perhaps their quick-cooking nature has to do with the size of Nocca’s gnocchi.

  • They have slightly smaller dimensions than the classic packaged gnocchi, this means that the texture, while delightfully pillowy, is somewhat more consistent than a larger dumpling, avoiding the unwelcome surprise of a damp or clammy center.
  • And they still had the trademark ridges for cradling extra daubs of the sauce of your choice (I find the resulting ratio of sauce to gnocchi to be perfectly balanced).
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    Flavor-wise Nocca’s gluten-free gnocchi are a match with the gnocchi I remember from my gluten-tolerant days.

    Tender, with a slight tang, they are a delicious foil for fresh pesto (photo #1).

    This is the gnocchi you want for a light lunch, or when you are putting dinner together quickly and still want something satisfying and/or different.

    It’s also comfort food.

    Nocca makes one plain variety of gnocchi (Original) for the gluten-sensitive, but also makes several other varieties of wheat-based gnocchi for those who can tolerate gluten: Cocoli (mini), Original, Pesto, Truffle and Whole Wheat.

    The line is available in stores across the Northeast and can be found via their store locator.

    You might have to call first to see if they carry the gluten-free variety; but you can buy them on Amazon, along with the wheat-based varieties.

    —Georgi Page-Smith
     
     
    FOOD TRIVIA

    The word “gnocchi” has an unknown origin, but it may have derived from the Italian word nocca, meaning knuckle. The oval-ish shape of the pasta is somewhat reminiscent of a knuckle!

    They’re not Italian: gnocchi are of Middle Eastern origin. As the Roman Empire expanded, favorite foods and recipes were brought home and adapted, based on local ingredients and preferences.
     
     
    GNOCCHI RECIPES

    How about gnocchi for breakfast?

    For breakfast or brunch, take a look at this Egg & Gnocchi Casserole Recipe.

    For lunch and dinner:

  • Clam Chowder With Gnocchi & Pancetta
  • Pumpkin Soup With Bacon, Sage & Gnocchi
  • Acorn Squash Soup With Sautéed Gnocchi
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    MORE TO DISCOVER

    > The History Of Gnocchi

    > The Different Types Of Pasta
     
    > What Are Gnudi & How Are They Related To Gnocchi & Pillow Pasta?

     


    [1] Gnocchi in pesto sauce with shrimp and cherry tomatoes (all photos © Nocca Gnocchi).


    [2] Gnocchi Bolognese, in meat sauce with a fresh basil garnish.


    [3] Gnocchi with sauteed mushrooms and sage.


    [4] Just pop the gnocchi into boiling water. They’re ready in 2 minutes.


    [5] Here’s what to look for. Or, buy Nocca Gluten-Free Gnocchi on Amazon.

     

      


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