Why Did My Gnocchi Turn Out Puffy and Sticky?

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Q: I made gnocchi last week, with a combination of potatoes, ricotta, and Parmesan (and other essential ingredients). The dough looked great, but when I boiled them — even for just 3 minutes — they came out quite puffy and sticky.

What can I do to get that great small, sweet shape and taste in the future?

Sent by Jessica

Editor: Jessica, it sounds like you may have had too much moisture in your gnocchi dough. Take a look at these recipes and see how your proportions compare:

Recipe: Easy Ricotta Gnocchi
How To Make Gnocchi

Readers, how would you help Jessica and her gnocchi?


Related: Recipe: Goat Cheese and Chive Gnocchi with Asparagus

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