Gluten Free Gnocchi with Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower

Look at this beautiful tray of gnocchi!  Would you believe it’s gluten free?  It is so good to know that we can still enjoy some of our favorite meals, minus the gluten!  This dish features fresh homemade gnocchi, one of my favorite pasta shapes, tossed in a flavorful skillet of chicken, sausage and cauliflower.

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4 servings

For the gnocchi:

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For the skillet:


To make the pasta, whisk together the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat together the eggs and olive oil and add to the flour mixture.  With the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until a soft dough forms (about 1 minute).

Press the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Let it rest 10 minutes.

Lightly flour your work surface and gnocchi board.  Use a bench knife to divide the dough into 4 even pieces.  Work with one piece at a time and keep the rest covered so that it doesn’t dry out.  Roll each piece of dough into a long rope about 3/4″ wide.

Use the bench knife to cut the rope into 1/2″ pieces.

To form the ridges, roll each piece over the gnocchi board using your thumb, a butter knife or bench knife.  Keep the board and your fingers floured to prevent the gnocchi from sticking.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper and flour lightly.  Place the finished gnocchi on the baking sheet.  If not using right away, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

*Always follow food safety guidelines, pasta made with fresh eggs should be refrigerated within 1 hour.

Now it’s time to finish the dish!  Cut the chicken into 1.5″ cubes and toss with 3 tbsp. rice flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.  Let it sit at room temperature while you prepare the vegetables.

Dice the onion, zucchini and cauliflower.  Slice the sausage into coins.  Toss the veggies and sausage with olive oil and Italian seasoning.  Spread the mixture on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20 minutes at 400º.  Roasting the veggies adds so much flavor to the dish, don’t skip this step!

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil for the pasta.  Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium low heat.  Begin browning the floured chicken in a little olive oil.  Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning several times to get good color on all sides.

When the chicken is almost done, cook the pasta.  Cover the pot if needed, to keep the water at a boil.  Remember fresh pasta cooks quickly, 3-4 minutes is all it takes!  It will float to the top when done.

Add the roasted sausage and veggies to the skillet with a little chicken broth, folding gently with a spatula as the liquid begins to thicken.

Use a spider strainer to gently lift the cooked pasta out of the water and add it to the skillet.  If too dry, add a bit more chicken broth or a ladle of the pasta water.  Toss gently and continue cooking 1-2 more minutes to get a little browning on the gnocchi.

Transfer to a serving platter and finish with a drizzle of olive oil, grated cheese and Italian parsley.

Just look at this amazing pasta dinner, all from scratch and its gluten free!  It is SO delicious and leftovers are just as good!

Notes ♪♫ This post, first published in 2018 was long overdue for an update.  My original pasta dough was made with brown rice flour and tapioca starch.  I’ve since found that a good all-purpose gluten free flour can work just as well.  I have made this recipe several times with Better Batter Original Blend.  If you use a different brand, be sure that your flour contains xanthan gum.  If not, you will need to add it to help your dough hold together without crumbling or tearing.

Original post 06/17/2018                                                    Updated 01/20/2022

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Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi with Cassava Flour

Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi with Cassava Flour

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This recipe combines two of my favorite new ingredients, Cassava flour and Hannah sweet potatoes.  Cassava Flour is made from the root of the yucca plant, and so far I have made some delicious things with it.  Check out my Cassava English Muffins, or this delicious Sweet Potato Flatbread.  As I experiment more with this gluten free dough, all I can think of is pasta!

Hannah sweet potatoes are also new to my kitchen.  Have you seen this blond version of the sweet potato?  It has a thin pale skin and cream colored flesh that disappears into bread and pasta dough with ease.

The amount of flour needed in this recipe will vary depending on the moisture in the potato, and size of your eggs.  It does require some judgement, knowing when you have the right amount of hydration.  I recommend weighing the sweet potato after it is peeled, and then gradually incorporating the flour by feel.  You can always add more flour, but you can’t take it out!

Tip: Keep a pot of boiling water going as you make the gnocchi, and throw a few in.  When they float to the top, taste them.  Are they too mushy?  Add more flour to the dough.


  • 10 oz. white sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tbsp. cassava flour
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • additional 1 cup cassava flour for kneading and rolling


Steam the peeled potato for 30 minutes or until very soft.  Cool to room temperature (important, so you don’t cook the eggs!).

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cooled potato with the eggs.

Add the remainder of ingredients through xanthan gum to form a sticky dough.

Generously flour a cutting board with cassava flour and knead the flour into the dough until you can easily handle it and it doesn’t feel tacky.  Reserve any extra flour for rolling.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and rest for 10 minutes.  This allows the flour to absorb more of the moisture.

Divide the dough into 4 sections.  Work with one section at a time, keeping the rest covered so that it doesn’t dry out.

Roll the dough into a long rope, about 3/4″ thick.  Use a bench knife to cut the rope into 1/2″ pieces.

Flour your hands and roll each piece into a ball.

I used a bench knife to roll each piece over a gnocchi board.  You can also use a fork.

Always follow food safety guidelines!  Pasta made with eggs should be covered and refrigerated within one hour.

When ready to cook, boil a large pot of salted water.  Add the pasta and cook for about 3 minutes.  They are done when they float to the top.

Skim them out gently with a spider strainer and top with sauce.

Notes: ♪♫ If you would like to freeze some for another meal, place the tray in the freezer for an hour then transfer to freezer safe bags.

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