Vegan Gnocchi Mushroom Florentine

 I vote potatoes should go in all meals!

Tis the season for all the carbs(or if you are me, that is all year). Gnocchi happens to be one of my favorite carbs. I have been working on the perfect vegan gnocchi for a while, and I had some major fails. However, I have finally made the perfect light, fluffy and insanely delicious gnocchi. If you know anything about me though, you know that I can’t just stop there. So, this vegan gnocchi mushroom Florentine is the way I went. Is is so delicious, I could not stop eating it.

Whilst researching the best way to make gnocchi, it seems the consensus is that you don’t want the potatoes to be too wet. I saw some recommendations were to boil with the skin on, then peel. So, in an effort to be as lazy as I like to be, I decided to bake the potatoes. Super easy, and the best way to keep them completely dry. 

So, just throw the potatoes in the oven. Let them cool, then peel and mash with flour and salt. That is it. Super easy! You can even prep the potatoes ahead of time, and just make the gnocchi dough when you are ready. Once the dough is ready, just roll, cut and boil. They only take a few minutes to cook and float when they are ready.

In the mean time, you can make the sauce. It is incredibly easy. Saute mushrooms with garlic. Then add veggie stock, almond milk, and corn starch. Then once that has thickened you add the spinach just to wilt it. Pour over the gnocchi or toss the gnocchi in the pan, and Ta Da! Vegan gnocchi mushroom Florentine. One of the best ways to get in your carbs! 

Vegan Gnocchi Mushroom Florentine
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Super simple vegan gnocchi with a creamy mushroom and spinach Florentine sauce. 

Course: Main Course
Author: Lauren Hartmann
Vegan Gnocchi
  • 3 lbs. Russet potatoes
  • 2 1/2 C. All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
Mushroom Florentine Sauce
  • 10 oz. Baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 C. Almond milk, or non dairy milk
  • 1 C. Vegetable broth
  • 3 Tbsp. Corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 6 oz. Spinach, fresh
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prick potatoes with a fork all around. Then place in the oven, directly on the oven rack. Bake at 375 degrees for 50-75 minutes or until very soft and tender. Remove from oven and let cool.

  2. Once the potatoes are cool, peel the skins off, they should come off really easily.  Now you have a few options. Either using a ricer, rice the potatoes into a bowl, or place in a bowl and use a hand mixer to whip the potatoes until they are very smooth. 

  3. Once the potatoes are smooth and have no lumps, add in the flour a little at a time, stirring, then kneading until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is no longer sticky. Now add the salt. If the dough is still sticky, you can add up to another half a cup of flour. Continue to knead until you have a smooth ball of dough. 

  4. Now, start boiling a large pot of water. 

  5. Then, get the sauce started. Add the olive oil to a cast iron skillet and heat on medium high. Now add the mushrooms and garlic. Saute until the mushrooms are cooked through. About 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 

  6. While the mushrooms are sauteing, cut the dough into four. On a floured surface, roll each piece of dough into a long thin rope. Then cut into 1 inch squares. You can either leave them like this, or roll on a fork to make the lines. 

  7. When the water is boiling, add some gnocchi, about 10-15 pieces at a time. Boil until they float, about 2-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Repeat until all the gnocchi is cooked. 

  8. Now  finish the sauce, mix together the veggie broth, almond milk and corn starch in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined and corn starch has dissolved. Now add to the mushrooms. Reduce to medium low and simmer for about 5-10 minutes until it has thickened. Now add the nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Whisk. Season with salt and pepper. 

  9. Now add the spinach and stir, just cook until the spinach has wilted. Reduce heat to low. Taste and adjust seasoning. 

  10. Once the gnocchi and sauce are done, either toss the gnocchi in the sauce or pour the sauce over the gnocchi. Serve immediately with vegan parm or a drizzle of balsamic, or just as is! 

Recipe Notes

Make sure you cook the gnocchi within about 20 minutes of making it, or they will start to stick together and become sticky again.

If you want to prep them, just bake the potatoes ahead of time, and don't mix with flour until ready to cook.

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  • Reply
    November 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    can i make it without the Nutritional yeast

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      November 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Sure! I would just taste and maybe season a little more.

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    March 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Yum! I’m so glad gnocchi can still be part of my vegan l

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    March 2, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing! This sauce still looks creamy even though there is no dairy!

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    Cat White
    March 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Just made this-the best gnocchi recipe I’ve tried. I’ve tried a number before, this was the easiest and tastiest-best of both worlds 🙂 Baking the potato is a stroke of genius!

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      March 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Yesssss! I’m so glad to hear that! 😄

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    Cassie Osborne
    March 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Just had this for dinner!
    So delicious! I feel really satisfied.
    And my boyfriend who is not vegan loved it too!
    Next time I’m going to add onion as well.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    May 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I already have frozen gnocchi. How much frozen gnocchi would be equivalent to gnocchi made in this recipe?

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      May 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      I would say this makes about 3 cups or so of gnocchi. I don’t have an exact amount, but a little more or less won’t hurt.

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    July 1, 2018 at 12:09 am

    How many people mdoes this recipe feed?

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      July 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

      It should be about 4 servings.

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    July 1, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Thank you, I made it tonight was delicious. First vegan dish!

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    August 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Would this work in a slow cooker?

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      August 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      I think so! I have not tested the method, but I do think it would work out. Since I have not tested it, I can’t give you specific times or temperatures. I would try maybe a low setting for a few hours. I hope that is sort of helpful!

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    October 19, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Could you make the gnocchi and then immediately freeze it in the deep freezer to make it ahead of time?

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      Lauren Hartmann
      October 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Yes, I definitely think the gnocchi would freeze well!

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    October 24, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I am SOoooo glad I found your recipes. I’ve saved you on Pinterest and have made 3 of your recipes so far. This one was delicious! I even used store bought gnocchi’s and it was still great! Super easy and super satisfying. Thank you 🙂

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