Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi Pasta salad with Amaranth, Roasted Aubergine and Kalamata Olives

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Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi Pasta Recipe. Gnocchi ia a thick and soft  Italian  pasta that consist of semolina flour, potato and egg yolk. Instead of potato, you can substitude with , pumpkin, or any rooted veggies like sweet potato, carrrot or beet roots etc. You can made it with various sauce, you can served it with tomato base sauce like sun dried tomato pesto, spicy tuna and tomato sauce or spicy chilli tomato sauce; or peanut pesto sauce. Gnocchi is usually served as appetizer, thats why i like to served purple sweet potato gnocchi as  a simple and refreshing salad with a springkled sumac and a lil drizzled of truffle oil.


Today i made a homemade purple sweet  potato from scrath.  The purple sweet potato tagged as japanese purple sweet potato, googling search end up as Okinawan purple potato. This sweet potato is really sweet in taste and had a dark purple color. I’ve try many times made a mashed purple sweet potato fo my Confit d’Oie /Goose Confit Recipe Serve with Cherry Tomato & Musrooms Confit, and Chicken Ballotine Recipe with Spinach, Minced Chicken and Porcini Mushrooms Powder Stuffing.  The Okinawan purple potato made a very impressive purple coloring for many dish like pasta, cake or even bread.

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Forget the store brought gnocchi since homemade gnocchi is preety easy to made and it taste far away greater than the the instant gnocchi. In rush hours meals, i like to made the gnocchi  into a tiny long tubular and simply cut it 1 1/2 inchs and directly boiled it. But when my niece is in town, she always did the fork  pressing to make a fork punch pattern in the gnocchi.


  • 250 gr purple potato, peeled
  • 100 gr semolina or all purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp cheese powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Gnocchi Pasta Salad Recipe :

  • 1 aubergine or eggplant, cui tinto bite sice and roasted until cooked and had a  nice charred golden brown surface
  • 1 cup amaranth( we used to called this as spinach in Indonesia)
  • 2 hard boiled egg, quartered
  • 1/2 cup kalamata / black olives, halved
  • grated cheese
  • a pinch of SUMAC
  • black truffle oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • To make the pasta, cut the sweet potatoes an wrap with alumunium foil and bake until fork tender for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes and let it cool, place into a bowl and mashed  the flesh through a fine sieve metal strainer.

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  • Add the cheese, salt , pepper and all purpose flour and olive oil and mix until dough forms.

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  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes.
  • Add additional flour if the dough is still sticky. Then, quartered
  • Roll each section with a floured rolling pin into a long tube like roll.

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  • Cut each section into 1 inch bite-size sections.

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  • Gently press the gnocchi section with fork

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  • Roll a fork over the top to get the ridges.

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook until the gnocchi starts to float.
  • Remove the gnocchi from the cooking water and drained
  • Your purple sweet potato gnocchi is ready to serve with your own preference sauce

How to Make a Gnocchi Pasta Salad:

  • Mix all ingredient and served cold as appetizer

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21 thoughts on “Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi Pasta salad with Amaranth, Roasted Aubergine and Kalamata Olives

  1. I love gnocchi and the potato ones are my favourite, but I have never seen them made with purple potatoes. Very creative touch and a beautiful effect! I must also try gnocchi in a salad. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

  2. That’s a great looking dish!

    Those eggs are delightfully orange. Getting properly healthy eggs here in the US is quite a challenge. Most of our eggs are a dull yellow, indicating the chickens were fed grains and/or soy rather than the bugs and grass that is natural for them. Where do you get your eggs?

      • Excellent!

        Corn fed, huh? Corn is definitely better than soy! I wish they were grub and grass fed; but grubs are hard to grow, I guess…
        Yes, more color means more beta-carotene, and many other things as well!

  3. The color of your Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocci is gorgeous. The whole recipe is beautiful. Really love the different color, texture and flavors combination in your recipe.

  4. Eva Taylor

    Gnocchi is one of our favourites, I’ve made potato gnocchi, ricotta gnocchi and even yogurt cheese gnocchi all very successful; I remember seeing on a cooking show many years ago, and that chef didn’t put eggs into it, so we never do either. I really love the colour your sweet potatoes give the gnocchi, our sweet potatoes are orange!

  5. Where do you live? The only purple potato I’ve found isn’t sweet and now I’m hoping some day I can try one from Okinawa. I might have to make a trip to Japan to do it. Your pasta salad is beautiful!

  6. I have a long list of things that I want to make, and gnocchi is one of them. I really love that you made it with sweet potato! That’s what I’m going to do! REALLY pretty, and you make such a beautiful plate of food!

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