Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Peas & Bacon

These sweet potato gnocchi are so flavorful and easy to make! A new firm family favorite, especially when they’re covered with this creamy sauce, surrounded by salty bits of bacon and juicy peas. Topping them with freshly grated parmesan cheese is a must!

Gnocchi are very popular in this family. The regular kind, the ones made with spelt flour, the ones with beetroot… so I thought, why not make gnocchi out of sweet potato! And I have to say, it really is easier than I thought! It makes me wonder, what else can I make gnocchi out of?

I mean, sure, is it as fast as the packages ones? No, definitely not. BUT you are in control of the ingredients you add and I really appreciate that in a world where we often consume ingredients we don’t necessarily want to. Sugar is for example one of those ingredients which – if you look for it – you will often find added to food where you don’t except it.

So these gnocchi contain very few ingredients. Sweet potato, potato, eggs, spices and flour. I have tried it with both regular all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour and I definitely prefer all-purpose. Whole-wheat works fine too but the flavor of the sweet potato doesn’t come through as much which is a pity.

Roasting the sweet potato is obviously the most time consuming part of this recipe. I recommend roasting it instead of boiling it (which would be faster) because then you don’t have the added moisture as a result from boiling it. Does anyone else get excited when a roasted sweet potato leaves some „caramel“ behind on the baking sheet? It’s so good! Is it just me?

The gnocchi dough comes together fast though once your sweet potato is cooled off a bit. You start by mixing sweet potato and potato and mashing it all together. Then you add the salt and the egg and mix again. Last comes the flour. After all is incorporated, the fun begins! Dividing the dough, rolling it out and cutting it into gnocchi. Then boiling them and after that, they’re fried in butter. And soon after, they’re surrounded by this super yummy creamy bacon and pea sauce. Smother it with freshly grated parmesan cheese and it’s a dream meal!

Will you make this delicious meal soon? Or how about my Autumn Veg & Sausage Sheet Bake?

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Peas & Bacon

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 130 mins Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 3


These sweet potato gnocchi are so flavorful and easy to make! A new firm family favorite, especially when they're covered with this creamy sauce, surrounded by salty bits of bacon and juicy peas. Topping them with freshly grated parmesan cheese is a must!



  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (356°F). Cover a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Pierce the sweet potato and potatoes with a fork or the tip of a knife and bake in the oven at 180°C (356°F) for 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

  3. Take out of the oven, cut open the sweet potato and let cool for about 10 minutes. Scoop out all the inside of the sweet potato and the potatoes and add to a bowl. Mash until all is smooth. 

  4. Add the salt and mash again. Make a well in the middle, add one egg and mix all together.

  5. Add all-purpose flour to the bowl and mix in. Pour all out onto a countertop and make sure all the flour is incorporated. 

  6. Make sort of a round loaf of the gnocchi dough. Cut into four pieces. 

  7. Dust the countertop and roll out one of the four pieces into a long uniform roll. Cut off the gnocchi (I like to use a plastic dough scraper for that). Dust the gnocchi again with flour. Continue until all dough is used up. 

  8. In a big pot, boil water and add salt. Once it boils, add the gnocchi in parts. You will need to do this in three or four parts because you don't want to overcrowd the pot. 

  9. Each portion of gnocchi will take about 2 minutes after adding them to the pot. Wait until they float properly at the top, then take out and add to your pan. 

  10. While the gnocchi are cooking, heat up a pan at medium heat and add butter or olive oil. Fry the bacon so that it's ready when the gnocchi are added to the pan. 

  11. Once all the gnocchi are cooked and in the pan, add the bacon back and also add the frozen peas. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes until the peas are defrosted. 

  12. Add the chicken or vegetable broth and coconut milk. Simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Top with lots of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Andrea Epstein

Hi, I'm Andrea, a full-time food blogger, mother of 1 wonderful son, 2 equally wonderful stepsons and wife to a darling husband. I live in Munich, Germany with my family. I loves traveling, sharing new recipes, and spending time with my family.

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