Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi

A pan full of vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi swimming in a creamy mushroom sauce.

This homemade Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi in creamy mushroom alfredo sauce makes a comforting family dinner. Learn how to make and shape gnocchi, then serve it in a creamy mushroom thyme sauce. It’s easier than you think and so satisfying!

Welcome to my latest sweet potato recipe. You may recognize this recent Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes or this Sweet Potato Casserole from 2020. Both feature this scrumptious starchy tuber in fun and original recipes.

A pan full of vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi swimming in a creamy mushroom sauce.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

A bowl of this homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi is comfort food at its finest. Not only do you have the satisfaction of making the gnocchi yourself, but the dish is truly one of the most soul warming pasta dishes you’ll ever eat.

This is the kind of recipe that is fun for the whole family. Kids love working with dough and it gives them a sense of accomplishment. They can mash the sweet potatoes, roll the dough, and learn how to run the gnocchi along a gnocchi board! Additionally, they are more likely to eat what they create!

A table scene with a pan full of vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi swimming in a creamy mushroom sauce beside a plate with a serving of creamy mushroom gnocchi.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi Ingredients

This sweet potato recipe is naturally vegan and dairy free. However, the creamy alfredo sauce is not. Check out the ‘serving suggestions’ section below for how to serve this dish vegan.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Dried Thyme
  • Mushrooms
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese

Choose small or medium sweet potatoes of a similar size and shape so that they cook evenly. The skin should be smooth, not wrinkly, or loose and the flesh should be a bright orange colour.

Ingredients required to make sweet potato gnocchi in a creamy mushroom sauce.

All purpose flour works best in this recipe, do not substitute with whole wheat flour as it will make the gnocchi dense and chewy. Use your judgement when adding flour; the dough should be soft and only slightly sticky so that it rolls well but doesn’t have a dense texture once it is cooked.

Fresh onion, garlic, and thyme leaves (in place of dried thyme) are the best choices for this recipe. Always season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Feel free to omit the mushrooms or add as many varieties as you like in place of regular cremini mushrooms.

Process images showing how to mix up sweet potato gnocchi dough.

Plenty of heavy cream and Parmesan Reggiano cheese are the backbone of a great alfredo pasta sauce. However, feel free to use olive oil or ghee in place of the butter.

How to Make Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

Roasting the sweet potatoes will take the longest time so we’ll start them in the oven and make the sauce while they are baking. To begin roasting the sweet potatoes, poke holes all over the sweet potatoes with a fork. This allows for steam to escape while they are cooking.

Next, place the potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast at 375 F until fork tender, about 40 minutes.

Process images showing how to make creamy mushroom sauce.

Make the Creamy Mushroom Alfredo Sauce

To make the mushroom sauce, melt 2 tablespoons of butter or ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes until it is soft and translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Next, add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 7-8 minutes until they are soft.

Pour heavy cream into the skillet then season the sauce with salt, ground pepper, and dried thyme. Stir to combine. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and mix in 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Set the sauce aside.

A white plate containing vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi in a mushroom cream sauce.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi Dough

To make the gnocchi, allow sweet potatoes to cool slightly then scoop the flesh out of the peel. Mash sweet potatoes well with a fork, potato masher, or potato ricer then let them cool to room temperature.

Arrange mashed sweet potatoes in a pile, make a well, and add 1 cup of all purpose flour. Add salt, pepper, and Parmesan.

Mix the dough, add remaining flour just a little bit at at time until a soft dough forms. It should be slightly sticky but easy to roll on a lightly floured surface. Try not to overwork the dough. Overworking the dough results in the formation of gluten strands and makes for tough gnocchi. 

A white plate containing vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi in a mushroom cream sauce.

Cover the dough with a large bowl or damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly flour the paper.

How to Make Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into 1/2-inch-thick rope on a floured work surface. Cut each cylinder into ½-inch pieces. Arrange the gnocchi so they are well floured and do not touch each other on the floured baking sheet.

A white plate containing vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi in a mushroom cream sauce.

Finish the Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Bring a large pot of salted boiling water to a boil. Gently add a few gnocchi and cook in batches for 1-2 minutes at a time. When the gnocchi float to the surface, they are cooked.

Use a slotted spoon, to remove the gnocchi. Finally, gently reheat the mushroom sauce for one or two minutes and mix in the gnocchi. Toss to coat.

Serve hot with chopped fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

A white plate containing vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi in a mushroom cream sauce.

Other Sauces that Go Well with Gnocchi

The earthy sweetness of the potatoes is delicious in a creamy mushroom sauce, and it feels like pure decadence. However, if you just want to make the sweet potato gnocchi recipe, here are a few other serving suggestions. Fry fresh sage leaves in butter to make brown butter crispy sage gnocchi or garlic sage butter sauce. Leave out the mushrooms to simply the alfredo sauce or add crispy bacon or pancetta!

Other sauces that go well are a rich tomato sauce (Gnocchi alla Sorrentina), creamy blue cheese sauce, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Serve simple with pesto (with or without cream) or make it dairy free and vegan with garlic and sautéed Broccoli rabe or rapini. Use this homemade gnocchi recipe as a base and add your own finishing touch!

A fork holds a few sweet potato gnocchi over a bowl of the same gnocchi.

Make Ahead and Storage Instructions

Sweet potato gnocchi freeze well, and this recipe is easy to double or even triple in scale. It’s so convenient to have ready made gnocchi in the freezer and you can cook gnocchi straight from frozen!

If you want to make and freeze the gnocchi, follow the steps, and stop just before the boiling stage. Just place the baking sheets containing the sweet potato gnocchi flat in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, move the gnocchi into freezer bags or an airtight container and store for up to three months.

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Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Mushroom Sweet Potato Gnocchi

A pan full of vibrant orange sweet potato gnocchi swimming in a creamy mushroom sauce.

This homemade Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi with mushrooms makes a comforting family dinner. Learn how to make and shape gnocchi, then serve it in a creamy mushroom sage sauce. It's easier than you think and so satisfying!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Sweet Potatoes (about 3 medium)
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

FOR THE CREAMY MUSHROOM SAUCE

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 medium Onion; finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic; minced
  • 8 oz. Cremini Mushrooms; sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; grated

Instructions

  1. Using a fork, poke holes all over the sweet potatoes. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast at 375 F until fork tender, about 40 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the mushroom sauce. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add
    the minced onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes until translucent.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 7-8 minutes until they are soft.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream then season it with salt, ground pepper, and dried thyme. Stir to combine. Let it
    simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove the skillet from heat and mix in 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Set the sauce aside.
  6. To make the gnocchi, allow sweet potatoes to cool slightly then scoop the flesh out of the peel. Mash sweet potatoes well with a fork or potato masher and let them cool to room temperature.
  7. Arrange mashed sweet potatoes in a pile, make a well, and add 1 cup of flour. Add salt, pepper, and Parmesan.
  8. Mix the dough, add remaining flour just a little bit at at time. The dough should be only slightly sticky and easily rolled on a well floured surface. Try not to over work the dough. Overworking the dough results in the formation of gluten strands and makes for tough gnocchi. 
  9. Cover the dough with a large bowl or damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly flour the paper.
  10. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into 1/2-inch-thick rope on a floured work surface. Cut each cylinder into ½-inch pieces. Arrange the gnocchi so they are well floured and do not touch each other on the floured baking sheet.
  11. Bring a large saucepan of salted boiling water to a boil. Gently add a few gnocchi and cook in batches for 1-2 minutes at a time. When the gnocchi float to the surface, they are cooked.
  12. Use a slotted spoon, to remove the gnocchi. Finally, gently reheat the mushroom sauce for one or two minutes and mix in the gnocchi. Toss to coat.
  13. Serve hot with chopped fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.




Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 815Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 759mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 8gSugar: 16gProtein: 18g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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56 comments

  1. Krysten

    I recently tried my hand at making the Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and it exceeded all expectations! The process of making and shaping the gnocchi was surprisingly straightforward, and the result was a pillow-soft delight. Paired with the luscious mushroom thyme alfredo sauce, it created a comforting and satisfying family dinner that felt both homemade and gourmet. This recipe is definitely a keeper for its ease and the incredibly delicious combination of flavors.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      wow, thank you for that in-depth review. So glad you liked this recipe Krysten.

  2. Moop Brown

    Mushrooms are my favorite vegetable so I love the addition of them here in this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Mushrooms just bring so much extra flavour!

  3. Dee

    What a great spin on gnocchi. Using sweet potatoes is so clover. Great recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you very much Dee. We love sweet potatoes in this house! It was a natural substitute.

  4. Susan

    omg, this looks and sounds fabulous! I haven’t made gnocchi in years, and my favorite uses sweet potatoes. I can’t wait to make this!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s so much fun to make. I’m glad I could remind you about gnocchi… it’s such a comforting dish!

  5. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    I love gnocchi but hadn’t tried sweet potato gnocchi…until now. This was so good, so simple, and seriously so full of flavor! The texture is spot on! Definitely a keeper!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad you loved my take on gnocchi. It takes a bit of practice but the texture is very nice!

  6. Mikayla

    I loved this dish, it was so good on our cold rainy night.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh yes, rainy days are the perfect time for comfort food. Thank you for trying this gnocchi!

  7. Lisa

    Such a great comfort food dish! I am going to use my leftover swet potatoes from Thanksgiving to make this the day after.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent. Happy cooking and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. Fouzia

    I have never made gnocchi before, but these look so delicious and the method sounds pretty easy to make too. Thanks for sharing Bernice.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you for stopping by Fouzia, happy cooking!

  9. Sean

    I have been getting into making my own gnocchi and tried my hand at making it with sweet potatoes but not knowing what to do afterwards. I am glad I found this because it is perfect.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You’re already halfway there! Sweet Potato Gnocchi is soooo good in a creamy mushroom sauce is so good. I’m glad you love it too Sean.

  10. Yu

    I love the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes in this dish! We made it for dinner this evening, and it turned out great! Everyone loved it, and thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s always fun to have help in the kitchen, especially when it comes to making gnocchi. Glad you enjoyed this dish!

  11. Gloria

    Homemade gnocchi is the best. I have never tried making them with sweet potatoes. What a great idea. I am sure this is going to be a hit with the family.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I know they will love it Gloria. Happy cooking!

  12. Kristen

    I love a good gnocchi and you paired it up with mushrooms, so I had to give it a try and it did not disappoint. I love the sweet earthy combinations here, incredible.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Kristen!! The flavours are quite delicious together…agreed!

  13. Asha

    I found that this sweet potato gnocchi was very tasty as a side for turkey that I had left over from Thanksgiving.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great idea! You could even add the turkey into the gnocchi for a one bowl meal!

  14. Colleen

    I made this sweet potato gnocchi with a gluten-free flour blend and it turned out great. My family loved it and I will make it again. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh, that’s good to know. My GF readers will be happy to know it’s an easy substitute. Thank you Colleen.

  15. Marie-Pierre

    Funny, this morning I was looking into making gnocchi with my potiron pumpkin, and your recipe is so similar to what I had in mind! Plus, it’s yummy and healthy for the kids! Going to try it out!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, this recipe will work with regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin as long as the puree isn’t too wet.

  16. nancy

    I love gnocchi!! Bernice what a lovely recipe with sweet potatoes. it totally adds a new dimension! It was so easy to make too! guess who’s making this again tonght?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I’m so glad you liked it Nancy! Our kids always loved making gnocchi and eating it after!

  17. Isabelle @ Crumb

    I tried my hand at gnocchi a few years back, but they turned out really dense and not very good at all… so heartbreaking after all the work it took to make them!
    Yours look beautifully light and tender, though. I think I might just have to work up the nerve and try your recipe sometime soon. Hopefully I’ll have better luck the second time around!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Yes!! Homemade gnocchi is so much better than store bought Isabelle!

  18. Teresa

    I’ve only made gnocchi once, years ago. I agree with Janice, it’s surprisingly simple. Yours look perfect and sound delicious.

    Reply

  19. Justine @ JustineCelina.com

    Wow, everything about this sounds absolutely incredible. Pinning now and will definitely try!

    Reply

  20. Jacqueline Rose

    I am hosting a smorgasbord style “Italian Night” with 20 friends this week and Gnocchi is on the list of possible things to make. I am definitely going to share your recipe amongst the group – this looks so amazing! Browned butter and sage is always such a nice flavour combination, I imagine it would go perfectly with this.

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      oh that sounds like so much fun! I hope you make it and let me know how it turns out…have fun!

  21. Janice

    I’ve only made gnocchi a couple times (squash gnocchi once and ricotta gnocchi another time), and both times, I was amazed at how simple it was. If the recipe is right, it’s really just a matter of mixing and shaping. These look perfect! I am definitely bookmarking this for my next attempt at gnocchi 🙂

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      thank you Janice. I think the trick is to really be cheap with adding the flour. You want just enough that it holds together, but not enough to make them doughy and heavy.

  22. peppersandpennies

    Seriously I am obsessed with gnocchi right now but haven’t ventured as far as to make them myself! This looks like the perfect recipe to give me a bit of a push in the right direction!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Give it a try…you can also search for the Ricotta Gnocchi (Gnudi) recipe on my blog. They are pretty easy for a beginner gnocchi and still amazing!

  23. Ginni

    Lovely post and beautiful pictures as always. I adore brown butter sauce, actually I adore the inclusion of butter in every sauce I think…..

    Reply

  24. MeaghanC

    I like the photos and would leave them. Some of the lighting isn’t great but overall they are pretty good! The photos definitely put my first post photos to shame 😉 Great recipe!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      haha, these are the ‘fixed version’. I just took the cheesy orange frames off.

    2. MeaghanC

      I also went through a frame stage and a need to put big artistic titles on my photos stage. Now I like to keep it simple 🙂

  25. sugarlovespices

    Beautiful job Bernice! They look perfect and I am sure they tasted wonderful! I’ve never had sweet potato gnocchi but would love to taste them! The brown butter and sage sauce is the right compliment for those gnocchi.

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      thank you…I think I need to make them again soon. So simple and tasty!

  26. Eva

    I love gnocchi, however, I always find the traditional, potato ones too starchy and heavy after I eat them. I’m gonna bookmark this and make it when school is less busy! 😀

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I think the keys points are to bake the potatoes, use a potato ricer, and be as cheap with the flour as possible.

  27. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    Looks great!! Love the colour of the gnocchi, just so vibrant and gorgeous

    Reply

  28. Vinny Grette

    I’ve sent this one on to my chef husband and fellow Genawchi lover for his attention – would love these!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Sweet. Let me know how it goes….

  29. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I have never had sweet potato gnocchi, but given how much I like sweet potato, I think I would love it. Thanks for the idea!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      you should! it’s pretty easy and the flavour is really great.Let me know how it goes!

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