Pumpkin Gnocchi with Bacon Alfredo
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Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Bacon Alfredo

pumpkin gnocchi with bacon alfredoI know I swore I wouldn’t do a pumpkin recipe this year, but then I joined the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. Each month the group picks two ingredients and makes a recipe with them. This month we chose Pumpkin and Bacon.

So, I had to give in and come up with a pumpkin recipe.

So in a burst of inspiration, I created this delicious Pumpkin Gnocchi with Bacon Alfredo. 

In case you don’t know, Gnocchi is a simple little potato dumpling that is boiled and served like pasta. I just added a little pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg to the recipe. Then I made Alfredo with bacon grease instead of butter. You can use a jarred sauce, but this sauce is very easy to make.

Like most recipes I post, this one is quite adaptable. I made my gnocchi with a Gluten Free flour blend I have. You can use that or all purpose flour as you see fit. If you don’t like pumpkin, you can use another vegetable puree. You could also leave out the bacon to make it a meatless meal.

I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to check out the Crazy Ingredient Challenge recipes that the other bloggers created.

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Bacon Alfredo Sauce

Prep time15 minutes
Cook time30 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Meat Dishes, Meatless Main Dishes, Potatoes
Region Italian
Pumpkin, potato and parmesan dumplings in a creamy parmesan bacon sauce. Gluten Free.


  • 1. 5lb Idaho potatoes (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1.5-2 cups flour (all-purpose or gluten free)
  • 6-8 pieces bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup half and half (milk is okay, but it won't be as creamy)
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese (finely grated - plus extra for serving)
  • nutmeg (to taste)


In a medium saucepan, cook bacon pieces. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon and put on a paper towel. If you have less than 2 tablespoon of bacon grease add a little olive oil or butter. Add half and half and stir with a whisk until completely combined. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add bacon and Parmesan cheese.
Peel and chunk potatoes, place in a large pot and cover with water. Boil until just fork tender. Drain water, put potatoes in a large bowl. Refill pot about half full of water and bring to a boil while making the dough.
boiling potatoes
In a large bowl, mash potatoes until smooth. Let cool until room temperature. Add pumpkin puree, Parmesan, egg and spices.
Pumpkin gnocchi dough
Slowly add in flour until a smooth, slightly sticky dough is formed. Knead briefly. Divide dough into six balls. Roll each into a thin rope (about 1/2 inch thick) and slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
cutting gnocchi
In small batches, drop pieces into boiling water. Gnocchi will sink to the bottom and then rise to float on the top. Boil for 2-3 minutes after they have risen to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and put on a plate. Continue with all of the dough.
boiling gnocchi
Put gnocchi on plate, top with sauce and sprinkle with nutmeg and additional Parmesan cheese if desired.
Pumpkin Gnocchi with bacon Alfredo

Until next time, happy eating.

23 thoughts on “Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Bacon Alfredo”

  1. Hmmm.. I wrote a comment about how delicious those gnocchi look and that even without the bacon (I am vegetarian) they surely taste great, but it doesn’t show up. So, I wrote it again, because that recipe deserves all the positive feedback it can get 😀 #ibabloggers

  2. I love gnocchi and I get it where ever I see has it. It’s been hit or miss at times but oh man when its a hit its so good! Thanks for sharing & happy Wednesday!

  3. I love Gnocchi but have never had it with pumpkin. I bet it is a great combination. And bacon makes everything better, haha. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  4. G’day! Thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty! Please make sure to revisit if you haven’t already and say G’day to the hosts and someone else at the party! Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List Pinned

  5. I love the pumpkin tweak on the classic! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

  6. I would have never been able to come up with something like this all on my own! Great job! Thanks for linking up to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party at Creative K Kids. I pinned it to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

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