Potato Gnocchi With Prawns or Scampi

Never throw out your left over mashed potato. Unless of course you lavish your mash with butter and cream, that simply wont work. But if you make fairly straight up mash its the ideal base for making gnocchi. Having said that who wants to make gnocchi….apart from me…..not many people. So buy a pre made one but please buy a decent one. Read the ingredients, get a brand that doesn’t have packs of preservatives and is made from real potato not reconstituted potato.

So this recipe combines two of my favourite things, prawns (preferably scampi, go get the frozen ones from the fish market) and cream. Mmmmmm cream. So many people I know think that seafood and cream are exclusive. Chowder, that is all. I will save the New England chowder recipe for another day. So lets make a lavish dish, this is not for the health concious but since when did healthy taste good.

Recipe: Potato Gnocchi With Prawns or Scampi


  • Gnocchi for 4 people
  • Olive Oil
  • 400g of prawn or scampi meat chopped into bite size chunks
  • A small handful of flat leaf parsley chopped roughly
  • One cup of white wine
  • 100Ml of cream
  • 200g of cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper


  1. Peel the prawns and place the heads and shells into a small saucepan with one cup of white wine
  2. Simmer the shells for about 10 minutes and crush them in the wine with a large spoon
  3. Strain the wine liquid thru a very fine seive, or a piece of kitchen paper in a strainer, you want semi clear liquid
  4. In a pot of boiling water cook the gnocchi in batches, as the gnocchi rises to the top of the pot remove it with a slotted spoon and keep warm
  5. In a large fry pan heat some olive oil and then toss in the prawn meat and flat leaf parsley and toss it to quickly sear the prawn meat
  6. Add  4 tablespoons of the wine mixture to the prawns in the pan and reduce the liquid to 1/4 of its original volume over high heat stirring
  7. Add the tomatoes and shake to combine
  8. Add the cream and stir then simmer for a minute or so
  9. Place the gnocchi on to warm plates and then spoon over the prawn sauce mix
  10. Top with cracked pepper and some grated parmesan and serve immediately

Quick Notes

Scampi is a much better option for this dish however they can be hard to get. If you get prawns try to get them as fresh as possible. Watch out for black marks on the body and legs this means they have been frozen and defrosted more than once.

Cooking time (duration): 10

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Italian

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.