Gnocchi are a type of miniature pasta dumplings, usually made from wheat, eggs, potatoes. With a lightly dense texture and potato flavor, they are a hearty and unique type of pasta. Gnocchi have been a traditional type of pasta in Italy since Roman times, though they are said to have originated in the Middle East. Throughout history, gnocchi have been a staple in Italy, being made even with squash and breadcrumbs when potatoes were not available. Many believe the term gnocchi comes from the Italian word nocca, which means knuckle.
Before using potatoes, Italians made gnocchi made with other available ingredients such as squash and breadcrumbs. At the time, gnocchi was the perfect food for all since it was inexpensive.
Gnocchi pairs well with tomato-based or creamy sauces such as pesto.
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What is gnocchi made out of?
Answer: Potatoes, eggs, cheese and flour.