Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms & Thyme

Prep + cooking time: 1 hour (+ refrigeration)
Serves: 4



  • 500g desiree potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 15g butter, melted
  • 2 TBSP finely grated vegetarian parmesan-style cheese
  • 1 cup (150g) plain all-purpose flour, approximately


  1. Make potato gnocchi: Boil whole potatoes until tender; drain. When cool enough to handle, peel away skins. Mash potatoes, using a potato masher, into a medium bowl; stir in egg, butter, parmesan and enough flour to make a firm dough. Divide dough into four portions; roll each portion on a floured surface into 2cm (3/4in) thick ropes. Cut each rope into 2cm (34in) pieces. Place gnocchi, in a single layer, on a lightly floured tray; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. 
  2. Make the sauce: Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat; cook mushrooms and thyme, allowing the mushrooms to brown well before turning, for 5 minutes or until golden. Add garlic; stir for 30 seconds or until softened. Add cream; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until sauce thickens. Stir in half the parmesan. Season to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi, in batches, in a large saucepan of boiling water until gnocchi float to the surface. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon to a bowl; cover to keep warm.
  4. Once all gnocchi are cooked, add to mushroom sauce; stir gently. Serve topped with remaining parmesan and extra thyme sprigs.


  • Use a variety of mushrooms, such as flat, cup, button, portobello, oyster and enoki; keep small mushrooms halved or whole and slice the larger ones.
  • Cooking the potatoes whole with the peel on keeps them dry and fluffy, which creates a lightly textured gnocchi.
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