Thanksgiving Leftovers: Mashed Potatoes Gnocchi Recipe

Mashed Potato Gnocchi

Leftover mashed potatoes often sit in the fridge, waiting to be reheated and served in their original form. But what if you could turn these overlooked leftovers into something sensational? Repurpose those mashed potatoes into homemade gnocchi – those delightful, pillowy pasta dumplings, and breathe new life into your post-Thanksgiving meals.


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Approximately 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place your leftover mashed potatoes in a medium-sized mixing bowl. If necessary, mash them more to remove any lumps until they are completely smooth.
  2. Add the beaten egg, a pinch of salt, and a dash of pepper.
  3. Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until the dough forms a soft, slightly sticky ball. Add more flour if needed, but be cautious not to make the dough too dry, as it can make the gnocchi dense.
  4. Prepare the Work Surface: Sprinkle your work area lightly with flour to prevent sticking.
  5. Divide the dough into portions about the size of your fist
  6. Roll each portion into a long rope, about ¾ inch thick.
  7. Use a knife to cut the rope into 1" pieces
  8. Shape the Gnocchi: Gently press the back of a fork into each gnocchi piece to create ridges. It's fun to do, and the texture helps the sauce stick later!
  9. Boil the Gnocchi
    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a gentle boil.
    2. Carefully drop the gnocchi into the boiling water. Cook until they rise to the surface, about 2-3 minutes.
    3. Remove the gnocchi with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl.
  10. Serve tossed with your favorite sauce—a simple tomato sauce, browned butter and sage, or a creamy Alfredo. Buon appetito!

Embrace creativity in the kitchen, reduce food waste, and indulge in the magic of giving your Thanksgiving leftovers a delicious makeover. Homemade gnocchi brings resourcefulness and flavor together in a winning combination!