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Gnocchi With Haricots Verts

Feb 2, 2012

by Aleksa Brown handmade and vintage goods

I recently had a friend visit me, and I could not figure out where to take him for dinner. It’s not like there is a shortage of top-notch restaurants with a farm-to-table aesthetic and warm, romantic setting — quite the opposite, in fact. However, at the end of a rainy winter day, all I wanted was to head back to my apartment and keep warm: talking, cooking, and most of all, eating. I mean, is there any place better to entertain than the comfort of home?

In the end, dazed and delirious, we succumbed to cheap noodles in the city. If I could do it again, I wouldn’t think twice about making this hearty gnocchi dish at home, creating new (and edible!) memories together. Whether it’s your out-of-town friend, trusty BFF, or your dear husband, Sarah Copeland’s Newlywed Cookbook has a plethora of recipes fit for a comfortable night in, sharing the culinary experience and warding off winter.

Fresh food, prepared with love, is a key ingredient to happy, healthful, and playful relationships. It’s much easier to laugh through a disagreement when your bellies are full of delicious, nurturing food (believe me, I’ve softened an argument more than once with a bowl of something sweet) and it’s easier to continue loving a person through their faults when that’s the same person you get down-and-dirty with in the garden and at the kitchen sink, wiping up the pots and pans of a feast you’ll remember. It’s hard not to love the person who just spent their evening making chocolate pudding from scratch or who missed an extra hour of sleep to have a fat stack of pancakes waiting for you on a Saturday morning when you wake up.

Homemade Gnocchi With Haricots Verts

It’s time to roll up your sleeves. Grab your guy or gal, pluck some fresh baby beans from the garden or grocery, and get busy rolling your own little pillows of pasta. Gnocchi made fresh at home with pureed potatoes and flour is a lighter, more luxurious version of the hearty dish most of us think of. This one is ethereal and bright with the snappy fresh beans and herbs and is worth every precious minute you two spend in the kitchen together. Once you become the accomplished pasta maker you always aspired to be, invite friends for a DIY double date.

Gnocchi Dough

  • 4 medium russet or Idaho potatoes, scrubbed (about 2 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups all-purpose/plain flour
  • 1  tsp sea salt

Herb Butter Greens

  • Sea salt
  • 8 oz fresh green or yellow beans or haricots verts, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 tbsp torn or chopped fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

To make the gnocchi dough:

Sara Remington

Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and place on a rack in the center of the oven. Bake until the flesh is soft in the middle (can be squeezed easily with a kitchen towel) and the skin is crisp, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven.

Cool the potatoes until they are still warm but cool enough to handle. Halve them lengthwise and scoop the potato flesh into a bowl. Pass through a potato ricer, food mill, or smush through a coarse sieve to make a fine, fluffy pulp. Add the egg, butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano, 1 cup of the flour, and salt and stir together gently with a fork, using a light touch, until the dough comes together in a soft, slightly sticky ball.

Turn the dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a soft dough, about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup of the remaining flour.

Divide the dough into four pieces. Halve each piece so that you have eight small balls of dough. Roll each piece into a long rope about 12? long. Divide each rope into 3/4? pieces using a pastry cutter or knife. Transfer the pieces to a lightly floured plate or baking sheet/tray and cover with a dry towel until you’re ready to cook them.

Sara Remington

To prepare gnocchi with herb butter and greens: Bring a large pot of water to a roaring boil over medium-high heat. Salt the water generously with sea salt. Add the beans and cook until bright green and crisp tender, about 6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

Return the water to a rapid boil.  Add the gnocchi to the boiling water an cook until they float to the top and are firm, about 3 minutes. Drain and reserve the gnocchi in about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid to keep them warm and moist.

Melt the butter with the tarragon in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and swirl to melt and flavor the butter. Add the gnocchi, reserved in cooking liquid, and green beans to toss and coat. Loosen with chicken broth (or water, if you’re cooking for a vegetarian) and cook until the sauce coats the gnocchi with a glomming sheen. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, divide the gnocchi and beans among four bowls and grate fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano over the  top. Season with salt and pepper and top with mint. Serve immediately.

Thanks to Sarah Copeland and the folks at Chronicle Books for sharing this delicious recipe with us. For more tasty inspiration to prepare and enjoy with your main squeeze, check out a copy of Sarah Copeland’s The Newlywed Cookbook Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking With & for Each Other.

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  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 5 years ago

    Love gnocchi! Thanks for sharing:)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Yum! Gnocchi + anything = goodness!!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Yum Yum~this is a new one on me but looks fabulous~ thanks for sharing.

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 5 years ago

    I'm going to have to try this! Looks delicious.

  • SASSYspaces

    SASSYspaces said 5 years ago

    yummy! i want this now!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 5 years ago

    Oh my GOSH. I've never made gnocchi, but I've heard they are tender & delicious. And from the sounds of it, delish ~ and the buttered greens with haricots keep it simple and fresh. My kind of recipe, keep 'em coming! ♦Heidi♦

  • LaPerLaA

    LaPerLaA said 5 years ago

    yummy!!! I am starving !!!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 5 years ago

    Sounds delicious.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    J'adore Haricots Verts, and gnocchis. Great post!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Yay... gnocchi go with everything! I like mine with tuna &roughly chopped tomatoes, but I might just try beans next time!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 5 years ago

    As a child I was a very picky eater and ONLY ate gnocchi with meat sauce - this went on for a while then I added chicken cutlet parmigiana to the rotation, but I digress... This is a fabulous recipe that I will just have to try very, very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 5 years ago

    Looks delicious. I've been wanting to make gnocchi at home. Thanks for the recipe.

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 5 years ago


  • shootfromcanada

    shootfromcanada said 5 years ago

    YUM gnocchi is my fave!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 5 years ago

    I haven't had gnocchi in ages but I will tonight! Thanks!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Um yeah...this is totally on the menu for dinner this weekend =)

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 5 years ago

    looks so awesome!.. thanks for sharing.. must have tonight :)

  • chrisndan0202

    chrisndan0202 said 5 years ago

    My great-grandmother, "Baka," made gnocchi. She taught her daughter how to make them by sight, not a recipe. Although I helped make them when I was a child, I never thought to try to concoct a real recipe until it was too late. Both the recipe here and the accompanying pictures look like what I remember. Can't wait to try them and see!

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 5 years ago

    I often made gnocchi as a kid back in Italy, it was such a special moment to share with my mother and grandma! Beautiful (and yummy!) article!

  • erinEdesigns

    erinEdesigns said 5 years ago

    Sounds REALLY good. On my list for the weekend after the super bowl which is Chili Cookoff Day :)

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to try it!

  • weezieduzzit

    weezieduzzit said 5 years ago

    Yum. Gnocchi is a fave in this house- especially sweet potato gnocchi with browned butter and sage. The secret to great gnocchi is to not overhandle it. The more you knead the tougher it gets.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago

    Hmmmmmm........ yummmmmmmmmm.

  • GildedLegacy

    GildedLegacy said 5 years ago

    Love gnocchi! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 5 years ago

    Yum. Thanks for the recipe.

  • ThomasHaskettArtist

    ThomasHaskettArtist said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to try this, sounds yumsk! :)

  • boygirlboygirldesign

    boygirlboygirldesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe...looks delicious.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I've always wanted to try making Gnocchi but I've never quite been brave enough for it, looks lovely yum!

  • greenphilosophie

    greenphilosophie said 5 years ago


  • pepidesigns

    pepidesigns said 5 years ago

    Delicious! It reminds me of my first time cooking gnocchi from scratch. It's a bit time consuming, but soooo worth it. And it's great if you're doing it with your significant other, or a close friend!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello said 5 years ago

    We have gotten a bit tired of the packaged kind of gnocchi and I guess I would have thought they were harder to make than this. Will be trying this out very soon!

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 5 years ago

    Delicious and great photos!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 5 years ago


  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    Yummm... fresh made pasta is so delicious, and easier to make than one thinks!

  • pillowlink

    pillowlink said 5 years ago

    Looks really tasty! We make pasta with dried celery leaves!

  • Twigs2Whirligigs

    Twigs2Whirligigs said 5 years ago

    This, we have never had before, but it sounds delicious! Thaks for the recipe, we will be trying it shortly!

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 5 years ago

    My brother makes gnocchi all the time, but he lives at the other end of the country so it looks like I'm going to have to do it myself!! Thanks for the primer!!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 5 years ago

    Giovedì gnocchi! That's how we say in Italy. Thursday it's gnocchi time! We made it today.Lovely post.

  • LoveandKnit

    LoveandKnit said 5 years ago

    My favourite!

  • katydidit416

    katydidit416 said 5 years ago

    What could be tastier? I grew up on peroghies and this is a similar flavour and texture.... I adore pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter and sage...

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 5 years ago

    Ummy!! Cute kitchen!! ~Krista

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago


  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 5 years ago

    Yummy. The couple pic made me laugh - I hate being bugged in the kitchen and that low, low table she's working at - ouch her back. But the gnocchi looks divine!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    mmm... yummy!!! I stayed with friends in Italy some years ago, and they made their own (as any good Italian), and this article reminds me so much of that time!! Hmm!! I have to find the time to make some now... where and when do I find the time? I have to... have to! Thanks so much for the article and the recipe :)

  • yasmi65

    yasmi65 said 5 years ago

    Delicioso!!! thanks for sharing :)

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    Yummy! I love it.

  • Jinkles

    Jinkles said 5 years ago

    I saw a cooking programme with gnocchi on recently and have been meaning to try it ever since, these look really yummy and I will be making them for dinner tomorrow. Thanks for inspiring me to get on and make them!

  • whiteberryvintage

    whiteberryvintage said 5 years ago


  • sewlola

    sewlola said 5 years ago

    My mom purchased this cookbook for me as a gift. It was a surprise but she couldn't wait. I look forward to receive it and start cooking delicious recipes! Have you watched Sarah's cookbook trailer? Lovely!

  • BiloxiHousewife

    BiloxiHousewife said 5 years ago

    Yea I am sooo making this! Looks scrumptious!

  • ara133photography

    ara133photography said 5 years ago

    that sounds (and looks!) delicious; and vegetarian!! woo! :) will try this!

  • Coventinasjewels

    Coventinasjewels said 5 years ago

    Wow! Alway thought of preparing gnocchi and figured it must be difficult, so thanks for this recipe, I'm no longer intimdated! :)

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 5 years ago

    I am so doing this...! Always happy to find a new vegetarian dish..! =)

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    Looks amazing. Must mark if to find again in Summer when my yard is loads with beans. Oh, Summer...

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago


  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 5 years ago

    and don't forget the red wine! my boyfriend and i have bonded many times in a kitchen of steamy italian food cooking while sharing a bottle of wine as it cooks. In fact, he gets very excited and emotionally open when we have home cooked meals...there's something to this. ;) I've always wanted to try gnocchi! I just made raviolis from scratch with my new stand mixer, I'll have to try this one next! Thanks for these amaaaaazing recipes, keep em coming!

  • artshells

    artshells said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the recipe! It's just what i was looking for!

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 5 years ago

    Thank you for these delicious recipes. I'll be doing some good cookin tomorrow night!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Mangia Mangia ~

  • SomsStudio

    SomsStudio said 5 years ago

    Looks delish!! Must try it!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    I love cooking with my man....and this, we MUST try!

  • MysticLily

    MysticLily said 5 years ago

    I'm definitely going to try this recipe! Looks delicious!

  • Pickseeville

    Pickseeville said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to try thing I miss about being up "north' is the great Italian gnocchi...this is going to make me a happy girl. I'm going to try it on Valentine's Day!

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 5 years ago

    Looks delicious and satisfying!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 5 years ago

    SOoOoooOoOo delicioussssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I COULD HAVE SOME RIGHT NOW! mAKIN ME HUNGRYY..YUMMY GNOCCI! :-)

  • NoOrdinaryBeastie

    NoOrdinaryBeastie said 5 years ago

    I've been meaning to make gnocchi with my September potato harvest... Caribe and All-Blues tucked in paper bags in the back of the veggie drawer. I have a feeling their wait is coming to an end. ;)

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 5 years ago

    great article! I've been thinking about the Valentine's menu-this looks delish!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 5 years ago

    una buona ricetta italiana! I love gnocchi, I am italian..good post!

  • marinkaKalinka

    marinkaKalinka said 5 years ago

    Very similar to our russian 'pelimeni' !! :) Will deff have to try making this one day! Thanx for the post looks yummy

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago


  • JennysFunCreations

    JennysFunCreations said 5 years ago

    Looks yummy, I want to try it.

  • betsymorton1

    betsymorton1 said 5 years ago

    I recently had a cooking lesson in Tuscany...Rosita taught us to make gnocchi...she uses yellow flesh potatoes, peeled, boiled and riced. The gnocchi were incredibly moist and light...delicious!

  • RaesSpirit

    RaesSpirit said 5 years ago

    I'm definitely going to try this. Sounds so good!

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop said 5 years ago

    OMG...I may have to stay home today to make these recipes...and it is snowing! Thanks!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    sweetsarahcardsandtr said 5 years ago

    i loooooove gnocchi

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    I am drooling!

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle said 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    I have never heard of gnocchi, but it sounds so good I am going to have to try it, thanks for sharing something new!!!

  • SeinFelt

    SeinFelt said 5 years ago makes me think of my beloved Italy! Vx

  • WillowGlenDrive

    WillowGlenDrive said 5 years ago

    Sounds So delicious!

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 5 years ago

    yum! thanks for sharing.

  • joanneditomasso

    joanneditomasso said 5 years ago

    Gnocchi is so good and it brings back memories of my mamma who would make them for Sunday family dinners. Yummm thanks for sharing!

  • Paukstukai

    Paukstukai said 5 years ago

    Amazing table, where did you get it? :) Of course the food sounds delicious too!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Looks delicious and French green beans is my favorite !!! Definitely going to try. Thank you for sharing !!

  • LaBodaCollection

    LaBodaCollection said 5 years ago


  • andreamwl

    andreamwl said 5 years ago

    I love Gnocchi!!!! This looks delicious. Making me hungry for some kitchen time and I'm stuck at work. Maybe later! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • allsewnup

    allsewnup said 5 years ago

    Gnocchi is simpler than I thought! I feel silly for buying it pre-made all these years! I'll try this with the kids, they are pros at rolling snakes with dough! Also, that butcher block work table is wonderful.

  • hellomomo123

    hellomomo123 said 5 years ago

    You can also boil the potatoes, then mesh them. I use to "roll" gnocchi on a fork to add a kind of "decoration". If you like cheese, I suggest to prepare a cream with Gorgonzola and cream (hope you can find this cheese outside Italy too!), simply delicious!

  • ZelleLermontov

    ZelleLermontov said 5 years ago

    I love Gnocchi, and this recipe is awesome. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Heysailorvintage

    Heysailorvintage said 5 years ago

    This recipe makes Gnocchi seem far less intimidating than I thought! Will have to try!

  • Tessarj

    Tessarj said 5 years ago

    Gnocchi is one of my favourite dishes but I've never made it from scratch, can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks!

  • ShibaNgDesigns

    ShibaNgDesigns said 5 years ago

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio said 5 years ago

    gnocchi is my favorite meal and go to whenever I need comfort food. Yum!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 5 years ago

    Yum Yum will make this tomorrow :)

  • Laughingdogstudio

    Laughingdogstudio said 5 years ago

    Looks to tasty and fresh! I am looking forward to preparing this recipe! Thank YOU!

  • tllanes

    tllanes said 5 years ago

    Sounds delicious, and gnocchi is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing! Most definitely going to try this recipe!

  • bemarie

    bemarie said 5 years ago

    This looks soooo good. Perfect way for my fiancé & I to celebrate Vday in style w/out breaking the bank! Thank you for the recipe - and the book, which I just added to our registry. : )

  • DirtandFire

    DirtandFire said 5 years ago

    Just finished making this, well the gnocchi any how (had some home made sauce in the freezer). OMG so good.

  • HeirloomOrphanage

    HeirloomOrphanage said 5 years ago

    My friends joke that my tried and true measure of judging a restaurant is by how they make their gnocchi, how fresh and delicate they are crafted and the restraint of the sauce. While I'm entirely too lazy to make them at home I LOVE to find restaurants that offer them "house made".

  • GoldenBeehiveStudio

    GoldenBeehiveStudio said 5 years ago

    This looks fab, gonna have to try it out!

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille said 5 years ago

    I was just eyeing some stellar looking haricots vert at the green grocer - thank you for the delicious recipe to use them in! Gnocchi = big, fat yum!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 5 years ago

    love fresh pastaaaaaaah!

  • PurpleToedGypsy

    PurpleToedGypsy said 5 years ago

    looks fabulous and sounds so easy! I am tickled to have a new recipe to try. thanks

  • BeadBead

    BeadBead said 5 years ago

    oooo... we make homemade gnocchi all the time, and love them... I usually roll them off a grater, the old fashioned kind with 4 sides - using the smallest size - and it makes a great pattern with lots of texture for sauces to nest in... just a light roll is all it takes! As a huge lover of tarragon, I can't wait to try that sauce!! Ok, I know what I am doing next Sunday!! ha ha Thanks for sharing, and I love the cooking and recipe section here on Etsy!!! Sab :) xx

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry said 5 years ago

    I had no idea it was this easy to make Gnocchi! I am definitely making this! :)

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture said 5 years ago

    mmm... gnocchi! Looks awesome! Gotta try this!

  • EdibleLiving

    EdibleLiving from EdibleLiving said 5 years ago

    Aleska, what a beautiful post! Thank you! I'm so glad you found your way to my book, and I appreciate all your glorious praise for the images and recipes within. And thanks to all of you who beat me to the comment board and gave the recipe a try! Happy Valentine's day and happy winter to all. May it be full of love and feasting! x

  • ShocoRoco

    ShocoRoco from ShocoRoco said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! I didn't have green / yellow beans so used snow peas, instead. It was so good. Thank you.

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai from jewelkingthai said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the menu

  • meganwatson1630

    Megan W. from 1littletreasureshop said 4 years ago

    This is definitely going in my recipe box !

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