skinnymixer's LCHF Ricotta Gnocchi in Basil Butter Sauce

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Skinnymixer's LCHF Gnocchi with Basil Butter Sauce

3.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Main
Cuisine: LCHF
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 533kcal


Gnocchi Ingredients:

  • 100 g blanched almonds
  • 100 g Parmesan - small cubes
  • 250 g full fat ricotta - from the supermarket deli counter not from a tub
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt - to taste preference
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper

Sauce Ingredients

  • 400 g liquid chicken stock - or 1 tbsp stock concentrate and 400 g water
  • 100 g unsalted butter - cubed
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 20 fresh basil leaves - torn in half


Gnocchi Instructions

  • Add almonds and parmesan to mixer bowl, mill for 10 sec/speed 9/MC on. (Bellini users may need to do 15 sec)
  • Add remaining gnocchi ingredients and combine for 15 sec/speed 4/MC on. Scrape mixture out into a bowl and set aside.
  • Without washing the bowl, put the liquid chicken stock in and set for 10 min/steaming temp/speed 3/MC OFF.
  • In the mean time, with damp hands, roll the gnocchi mixture into small balls (about half a tbsp) and arrange on both steaming trays, ensure they aren't touching as they will swell. Press each one lightly with a fork.
  • Put the steaming trays in place and steam for 7 min/steaming temp/speed 2.
  • When the gnocchi has finished steaming, set the varoma trays aside and allow the gnocchi to cool while preparing the sauce.

Sauce Instructions

  • Retain about 100 g of the liquid stock left over from cooking the gnocchi and add the cubed butter to the bowl. Cook for 4 min/steaming temp/speed 2/MC OFF. You will want to make sure this doesnt bubble up outside of the machine.
  • Add the lemon juice and fresh basil leaves to the mixer bowl and cook for 2 min/steaming temp/speed 1/MC OFF.
  • Serve immediately with sauce spooned over gnocchi and garnished with fresh basil and shaved parmesan.


This is 7.5 grams of carbs per serve (serves 4) or 30 g for the entire lot. 44.4 grams of total fat per serve (serves 4).
This would also be delicious with my Puttanesca Sauce, where you would simply steam the gnocchi in the last 7 minutes of cooking time. To make this a low calorie meal, substitute the full fat ricotta for low fat 🙂
If you find that your Gnocchi melts due to a higher water content in your ricotta...
Simply let it cool, then re-roll them into shape and pan fry.
Bellini Users
Gnocchi Instructions
Use sharp blade for this recipe.
At step 1 the milling time may need to be extended.
At step 2 you may need to mix for a little longer.
At step 7 if using an Intelli, use speed 3, put a tea towel over the steaming attachment and cook for longer if necessary. If using a Supercook use speed 3 or 4.
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Serving: 162.5g | Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.9g | Protein: 21.8g | Fat: 48.2g | Saturated Fat: 22.6g | Sodium: 917mg | Sugar: 3.1g


  1. Followed the recipe to a tee and I ended up with two layers of white mush. Looks like someone vomited on my Varoma trays. Gutted.

  2. I made this for dinner, recipe was really easy to follow. Held together very well and looked fantastic, sauce was lovely. I personally didn’t like but I don’t like ricotta (not sure why I thought that I would like this 😂)

  3. I’ve made a few Thermomix recipes in my time and a few Skinnymixers ones too – this one does NOT rate. Gnocchi was grainy, mushy and ended up looking like scrambled eggs even after pan-frying as suggested when Gnocchi breaks apart. Sauce was basically just melted butter (gross). Really can’t understand what people are raving about with this one I’m afraid!

    1. I’m not sure what went wrong but one of my step kids made this and it was devine and they are not particularly great at following recipes! Perhaps it just didn’t work for you?

    2. I had exactly the same and I followed the recipe to the letter. Really disappointed. I tried the option to let it cool, re-roll and pan fry but the texture wasn’t pleasant and it was still grainy and mushy.

      The sauce is okay but nothing that I’d rush to make again. I much prefer other recipes from Nik so I’ll not return to this one.

  4. Can I substitute the blanched almonds for normal plain almonds? I figure it would just have a different colour. But I don’t want to make it bitter!


  5. Hi,

    I made these last night and the ricotta tasted very under-cooked has anyone experienced this before? The sauce was delicious.

    1. I had the same thought making it tonight. Maybe next time I’ll cook them a little longer in the varoma? Overall it’s a delicious dish, just think the gnocchi were a little undercooked.

  6. Absolutely delicious, thank you. Added parsley to the sauce and it was really yummy, my very fussy 7 year old even ate it 🙂

  7. I think I stuffed the gnocchi (I’ve never made it, and actually don’t get into cheese much!) but the sauce was beautiful and I think I’d make it on its own to serve with another type of pasta next time. Fun to try though and I’m sure if done properly the gnocchi really compliments it!

  8. I love this! Thanks for a great recipe, my little gnocchi held together nicely. I’ll be taking my thermie on holidays so when everyone else is eating pasta, I’ll be eating this! Very filling, so you only need to eat a little, maybe a bit more sauce next time. This did a small serving for me, my hungry hubby ate the rest!

  9. I loved this recipe because it was so flavoursome and filling. A really different take on gnocchi. I’m not a gnocchi fan, but I love cheese and nuts (not cheesey nuts!! LOL) so I decided to give this one a go and we all really enjoyed it. My husband is really active and slim so I added steamed chicken to his and the kids had extra veg as well.

  10. Hello Nik,
    I have made that dish last week. It was fabulous, and the sauce was to die for. Very filing dish, Thanks for recipe.

  11. Wow! I gave up on gnocchi because of the nasty starchy ingredients but I’m a convert to Nikalene’s little pillow gems. My little ones found the sauce too rich but happily smacked on them without sauce for a filling and nutritious dinner. Hubby is a tomato sauce fan so next time I’ll try the puttanesca sauce.
    Thankyou Nikalene for improving my ability to please and impress in the kitchen . You make it so so easy for me to provide varied meals.

  12. So so easy and so yummy! Will be making this during the week. Was worried that it wasn’t going to be enough for 3 adults, but we were so full. Nik you are a genius. xoxox

  13. Made this last night. Unfortunately the children (2.5 and 5) didn’t like it. Husband was undecided but did comment that it didn’t leave him feeling blah or bloated afterwards. I enjoyed it, the butter sauce was the best. I didn’t feel hungry afterwards which was a real win. I might try it again and next time add some parsley to the mix

  14. Tried this for the first time on the weekend with hubby and Mr14 and Mr16 looking at me strangely when I said we were having gnocchi. Both my boys are machines when it comes to eating (I guess that happens when your 6 foot 5 lol) so I made double and then got worried when they turned there nose up at it as it was cooking. I made the first batch and within 10 minutes was up rolling the rest as all 3 had pretty much licked the plates clean and were demanding more! Thanks Nik for yet ANOTHER amazing recipe!!!

  15. Like all of Skinnymixers recipes this one was wonderful too. Very rich for myself, but my husband who dislikes gnocchi usually devoured it and all the extra serves that were to be his lunch following day. He has asked that it be on our menu regularly.
    I am beginning to take for granted what a good cook all the Skinnymixer recipes make me. I seldom cook anything other than Nikalene’s recipes these days ( Thai green curry for dinner tomorrow).

  16. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to make…. I wasn’t surprised at how yum it was (after all it’s one of Nik’s recipes)…. Next time I’ll double (triple?!) that amazing sauce.

  17. Recipe was so easy to follow – would never have attempted this if it wasn’t a Nikalene recipe!! End result turned out just like the picture – brilliant! A very tasty meal. Thanks again Nikalene

  18. Never would have thought it possible: grain free gnocchi.
    Gluten free gnocchi is stodgy and awful, these little pods of goodness melt in your mouth.
    Comfortably serves four, but then; who would want to share!

  19. Absolutely delish! Very flavoursome. If you aren’t on a diet, however, id say this only comfortably feeds 2 people…1 if you’re feeling greedy lol!

  20. Made this for the first time last night. Was easier to make than I thought it would be and so delicious. I took it to work for lunch and it reheated well in the microwave.
    I will be putting this on the meal planner as a regular!

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