Beef Stew with Pumpkin Gnocchi


And you thought that by making one pumpkin pie I would exhaust my pumpkin ideas, projects and exploitations. No, I haven’t finished yet. I have just one more dish for you, these beautiful pumpkin gnocchi. I wanted to do something a little different than the ordinary and as I was visiting your blogs, I saw in Anna’s blog that recipe for pumpkin gnocchi and I said to myself that I definitely had to try them. Anna Johnston is a professional chef from Down Under. I love this expression for Australia don’t you? It reminds me of that song in the 80’s from Men at Work the ‘Land Down under’. Do you remember or I am the only one that old? Anyway, the recipe is based on hers, but I added a few things of my own.
The day I made this for lunch was Saturday and it was snowy here. Yes, sometimes it snows even here in Athens. Not very often but it happens. It was not like the snow you have in the States, my God not even close, but we got a pretty good taste of it. So I wanted something warm and hearty. Also I had a jar full of pumpkin puree that was left after making my pumpkin pie, begged to be used somehow. So I thought that these gnocchi would be the best accompaniment for my beef. After twisting the recipe a little bit, I made a very beautiful, comforting and hearty meal for such weather. I totally recommend it to you. Also, I have to mention that this was the first time I made gnocchi, of any kind. My next project will be to make the original potato ones.

Beef Stew with Pumpkin Gnocchi

Ingredients
For the Beef
3 onions cut in 6
3 tbsp olive oil
400 gr. fresh mushrooms, sliced
¾ cup red wine
400 gr. chopped tomatoes in their juice
700 gr. beef in pieces
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tbsp sugar

For the Gnocchi
715 gr. pumpkin puree
2 tbsp margarine
½ cup parmigiano
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 egg yolk
4 cups flour

Instructions

In a pot or as in my case in the pressure cooker, we put the olive oil and sauté the onions for five minutes in medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for couple of minutes. Add the beef and continue to sauté the meat. Pour the wine and when it loses half its volume add all the rest of the ingredients. Close the pressure cooker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions for 1 ½ hours. If you cook in a plain pot, you have to slowly cook for about 2 ½ to 3 hours. If the sauce is runny, just thicken it with corn flour dissolved in water.

For the Gnocchi

In a pot pour the pumpkin puree in medium heat and let it absorb all its liquids.
Remove from fire and add the margarine, the cheese, the egg yolk and nutmeg and whisk until everything is incorporated. Start throwing the flour cup by cup. It must form a dough. It took me 4 cups of flour to achieve the right consistency of dough but yours may take more or less.
Take a piece and knead to a thick string and cut with a knife pieces 3 cm long. With a fork make the well known lines of gnocchi and put them in a pot with salted boiling water. When they emerge in the surface they are ready. Take them out and throw the second batch. Don’t put all of them together because they will stick to each other. Cook them in small batches.
I am linking this to Homemaker Monday, Mouth Watering Mondays, Your Recipe, My Kitchen and Made by You Monday.

60 Responses to Beef Stew with Pumpkin Gnocchi

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  1. Hello, I log on to your blogs regularly. Your
    writing style is awesome, keep up the good work!

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  4. Kristen says:

    This sounds so delicious – I'm new to making pasta, but I think this would be worth a try

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  6. sakisg says:

    very nice wesite!!
    mpravo katerina!
    http://sakisgalan.blogspot.com

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  8. Red Nomad OZ says:

    Some of us down under in Australia think that Men at Work 'Land Downunder' song should be the new national anthem! Just dropped in to say G'day from the blog hop!

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  10. Elyssa says:

    What a perfect cold day dish! The gnocchi looks amazing.

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  12. Dawn says:

    I have been dying to make pumpkin gnocchi as I've seen it several places but I never seem to do it because it seems fairly labor intensive. It's on the list for when I have extra time though! This looks so amazing.

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  14. Claudia says:

    Gnocchi are on my list of things I want to try making. Yours look delicious and the beef stew as well.

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  16. Jay says:

    looks yummy n tempting..
    glad to follow u..
    do visit mine sometime..:)

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  18. alwayswinner786 says:

    Delicious pumpkin Gnocchi!
    The stew is also delicious but we don't have beef so I would love to try with lamb, I am sure it will rock!

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  20. Tiffanee says:

    Love it. What a great way to use pumpkin. I would of never even thought of it. Looks delicious.

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  22. Louanne says:

    Katerina! You are a natural-born gnocchi maker! My mouth is watering looking at the plate of deliciousness.

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  24. Peggy says:

    Your gnocchi turned out beautiful! Can't believe that was just your first time! You're a natural!

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  26. Julie M. says:

    Love Anna! Your gnocchi looks perfect! And I love that beef dish you poured over the top; Yum! There's no better combination that beef and mushrooms; they just pair so well together.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Katerina , congratulations this seems to be delicious.
    The whole effort is a fantastic achievement!!!!!

    Nick Tilipakis

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  30. laurie says:

    What a wonderful dish! Perfect for cold weather.

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  32. Reeni says:

    I love the sound of your pumpkin gnocchi! Very unique. And the stew sounds incredibly good – I love the warm spices like cinnamon and cloves you added to it.

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  34. My Favorite Things says:

    Your gnocchi looks wonderful, much better than my first try! They are yummy aren't they?

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  36. Juliana says:

    Katerina, I love gnocchi, and only made potato ones…great idea using pumpkin…I can only imagine the nice taste of this little pillows. Beautiful!

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  38. Beth says:

    Your stew and gnocchi look wonderful. I love the way you experimented with this dish and found something you loved.

    I remember Men at Work, even saw them in concert!

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  40. Rita says:

    I am so very impressed with your gnocchi; have never tired making these, but your photos show us the way; looking so good!

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  42. Tasha says:

    Pumpkin Gnocchi is on my (too long) list of things to try. Pairing it with a stew seems like such a comforting meal.

    I wanted to let you know I recieved my package from the giveaway this weekend and I am so excited to began using the goodies. And I want to thank you for the thoughtful card you enclosed.

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  44. Mother Rimmy says:

    What a great combination! My husband loves Gnocchi. I have to give this a try. It's amazing what gets done on my "honey could you do this?" list when I feed him something he loves. :)

    Kristi

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  46. Alida says:

    I have never tried to make gnocci… the looks like a good place to start. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  48. elle pee says:

    I have great respect for anyone who can make gnocchi by hand! But combining it with the stew… wow! At first, before I read the recipe I was thinking you cooked them in the stew.. but that would make them dumplings, and not gnocchi!

    Compliments to the chef!

    L

    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

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  50. Mary says:

    You have pushed me to the edge :-). I have seen many recipes for pumpkin gnocchi over the years, but never once tried it. You've convinced me I must at least try my hand at making it. Your recipe and your photo are both terrific. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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  52. Barbara says:

    I can't imagine why I've never made pumpkin gnocchi! It looks so good. And your beef stew has wonderful spices and flavors, Katerina. A lovely, deep dark stew for snowy weather!

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  54. 21st Century Housewife© says:

    Your recipe looks and sounds lovely. I have never had pumpkin gnocchi before, although I have had ordinary gnocchi. It must be wonderful with the pumpkin!

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  56. Zoe says:

    I love the mushroom sauce on beef. With homemade gnocchi…it must be heavenly delicious.

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  58. Miriam says:

    Pumpkin Gnocchi?! Why didn't I think of it before? I'm sure they are wonderful :). Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  60. comfortablydomestic.com says:

    How clever to pair pumpkin gnocci with beef stew! And for lunch, too. You are industrious, Katerina!

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  62. The Food Hound says:

    Wish I had been there to taste this in person– it looks AMAZING! I also love the "Down Under" expression!!

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  64. Hopewell Creek Designs says:

    Oh how yummy that looks. I have never had gnocchi before.This made me so hungry after a long day working a trade show,that I had to at least make beef stew. Followed by an egg custard pie.You have inspired me to try new recipes!

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  66. MaryMoh says:

    looks very delicious with all the flavour there. I have never made gnocchi. Must try one day. Looks like a lot of fun to make it. Thanks very much for sharing.

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  68. pierre says:

    i am in awe in front of the pumkin gnocchis !!Very creative Bravo !!pierre

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  70. Lisa says:

    The idea of a pumpkin gnocchi that's so easy to make sounds so good. With your beef stew on the side, it looks like you had a fantastic dinner.

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  72. Faith says:

    What a tasty, beautiful meal! I've been dying to make pumpkin gnocchi too, and seeing yours has really made me want to even more…it looks wonderful, Katerina!

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  74. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    Wow..You made your own gnocchi.Me and my husband love chicken and gnocchi soup a lot.I will use your recipe to make some..Looks delicious.

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  76. Simply Life says:

    oh wow! i want a big bowl of that gnocchi!

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  78. Design Wine and Dine says:

    I am so impressed with this post! These Gnocchi looks so super delicious I can not contain myself! I am a lover of all things pumpkin too!

    Oh and I will now have that song in my ALL DAY thank you very much! LOL!

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  80. Joanne says:

    I have wanted to make pumpkin gnocchi for FOREVER but somehow haven't gotten around to it yet. Love that you paired it with beef stew! A little sweet with a little savory.

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  82. Anna Johnston says:

    Hey there Katerina :) I'm so chuffed & excited you made my pumpkin gnocchi.., actually I think I love yours more my friend, I can imagine on a cold & snowy day adding a rich beef stew like this to gnocchi would be wonderful, it looks & sounds amazing.
    Thanks for the little plug, I so appreciate it…. & I too had no idea it snowed in Athens either :)
    Have a fantastic day Katerina.

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  84. donkey and the carrot says:

    ti melomeno pou egine! ti oreo fagito! Molis girisa spiti, peinao (eixa proponisi…) kai den exo tipota sto spiti ektos apo augaaa…. kai blepo auto tora… na parei!!!! teleio fenetai teleio~

    PS
    yes i remember the song… we are not THAT old!!!

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  86. Pierce says:

    Gnocchi and potato have alwasy gone hand in hand in my mind What a refreshing change. That is a good looking dish you have there.
    I don't think of Greece as snow – I feel for you! This has been a strange winter

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  88. Emma says:

    What a lovely combination, I wouldn't have thought of this myself. It looks so rich.

    I've always wanted to make gnocchi too, and using pumpkin or sweet potato is something I would use over potato any day of the week.

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  90. Jeannie says:

    I hv not made gnocchi before, I must try it one day…yours look so delicious with the beef stew!

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  94. Carol says:

    What a fantastic, hearty meal! It looks delicious! Great idea to use pumpkin for the gnocchi!

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  96. Amy says:

    These look so yummy. I was lazy and tried some store bought Gnocchi before and tasted so bad. You made it look so easy. Guess I'll give this recipe a try. I'm sure it'll taste a million times better!

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  98. ΜΑΡΙΑ ΠΙΟΥΚΑ says:

    Κατερίνα έίναι εύκολο να τα φτιάξεις τα νιόκι; φαίνονται πάντως τέλεια.

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  100. Kristen says:

    I am in the middle of making gnocchi right now (well, obviously I have taken a break to visit blogs, but they are waiting to be rolled out right now). Your pumpkin version with the stew sounds amazing.

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  102. mia maria says:

    Excellent idea Katerina! I have never eaten pumpkin gnocchi and of course I have never made anything like that.

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  104. Karishma says:

    Didn't know gnocchi could be made with anything other than potato…learnt something new today…also that it snows in Athens is news to me! Nothing more comfy than something warm and hearty on a wintery day or night…this is perfect…Also, how on earth do you find events to link up to for every day of the week?! Great….You've inspired me to do the same now…thank you!

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  108. Ivy says:

    The pumpkin gnocchi sound amazing. Katerina had no idea it snowed. Do you live in the nothern suburbs? Coming to think about it, now I just remembered a day when we saw some snowflakes in the centre.

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  110. Dimah says:

    What a wonderful dish! looks delicious and flavorful.

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  112. Μarion, says:

    Κατερίνα μου τέλεια τα νιοκι απο κολοκύθα. Γεια στα χέρια σου.
    Πολύ μου άρεσαν και σου πέτυχαν.
    Πρέπει να είναι νόστιμα.
    Φιλιά :)

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  114. Corina says:

    I've made gnocchi with potato but never with pumpkin. Next time I'll have to make these to be different. The stew looks lovely and warming. Perfect for snowy weather.

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  116. Velva says:

    Good for you! You are still using pumpkin long after the rest of us has put it away. This is a wonderful gnocchi,and served along side this beef stew on a cold day, is a perfect pairing.

    Velva

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  118. sally says:

    Yum! I've always wanted to make pumpkin gnocchi. I'll have to try this recipe.

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