Instant Pot Gnocchi – How To Cook Gnocchi In The Instant Pot

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Just put gnocchi and water in the Instant Pot and it will cook it perfectly! Instant Pot gnocchi is so easy and you’ll love cooking it in the Instant pot pressure cooker! Imagine biting into these mouthwatering gnocchi, they are so yummy!

spoon holding cooked gnocchi above the instant pot

Instant Pot Gnocchi

This recipe is perfect for anyone short on time but wanting to make a filling and tasty dinner. It only takes a few minutes to prepare so you can have dinner on the table in no time!

Your family will love this dish! Serve on its own or pair with some sides.

gnocchi cooking in the instant pot

History of Gnocchi

Do you know where gnocchi originated?

The word gnocchi, pronounced nyok-ee, is a traditional type of pasta in Italy dating back to Roman times. It was very easy to prepare and inexpensive, yet satisfying!

spoon holding cooked gnocchi in tomato sauce above instant pot filled with gnocchi

Originally they used squash and breadcrumbs to make the gnocchi, but after the potato was introduced to Europe in the 16th century, it became included in the gnocchi recipe.

Today potato gnocchi are very popular in Italy and across the U.S.

close up of gnocci cooking in instant pot

Instant Pot Gnocchi – How To Cook Gnocchi In The Instant Pot

This recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3! All you need is a package of gnocchi and some water. Any brand of gnocchi will work as long as it is not frozen.

hand holding package of gnocchi in front of the instant pot

Then you will add on any type of sauce you desire. You could even try using a homemade recipe! I have listed a few ideas lower down.

slotted spoon straining gnocchi above instant pot

First add in 1 cup of water to your instant pot.

Then open the package and pour in your fresh gnocchi. That’s it!

Close the lid of the instant pot and set the pressure level to High and the time to 0 (zero) minutes. This is because the gnocchi will cook quickly as the instant pot is coming up to pressure.

When finished, you will use the quick release method to carefully open the valve and release the pressure.

Then, using oven mitts, strain the gnocchi in a colander over the sink. Return gnocchi to the pot.

Mix in the amount of sauce you would like to use. Because the instant pot is still hot, the sauce will also be heated up.

gnocchi inside instant pot covered in tomato sauce

I also recommend sprinkling some parmesan cheese on top for extra flavor!

Serve and enjoy!

close up of instant pot cooked gnocchi in tomato sauce

If you want to try some other sauces with your gnocchi, check out my recipes for homemade pesto and cherry tomato sauce.

They would both be delicious with your gnocchi!

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Instant Pot Cherry Tomato Sauce

fork picking up gnocchi from a plate of gnocchi in tomato sauce

What to Serve with Instant Pot Gnocchi

This gnocchi makes an excellent meal on its own for a quick and satisfying dinner or lunch. However, if you want to make a more filling meal for yourself or your family, I recommend pairing the gnocchi with a side or two. I am partial to veggies or salads!

Try one of the delicious recipes below:

close up of fork holding gnocchi above plate filled with instant pot cooked gnocchi in tomato sauce

More Instant Pot Recipes

I hope you loved this easy gnocchi recipe in the instant pot! Are you looking for more ways to cook dinner in your instant pot? Well you are in luck, as I have plenty of other recipes to try out!

gnocchi in tomato sauce on a plate

Here are a few of my suggestions below:

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Instant Pot Gnocchi

Instant Pot gnocchi is so easy and you’ll love cooking it in the Instant pot pressure cooker! Imagine biting into these mouthwatering gnocchi, they are so yummy!
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instant pot pasta
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 184kcal

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  • 1 lb Gnocchi fresh
  • 1 Cup Water

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  • Pour the water into the instant pot.
  • Open the gnocchi and pour into the pot.
  • Then close the lid and set the pressure level to High for 0 minutes.
  • Use the quick release function to release pressure.
  • Drain gnocchi and return to the instant pot.
  • Add sauce of choice and mix well.
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Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 387mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 4mg
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