Pounded Yam Gnocchi: A Fusion of African Flavour with Italian Elegance

Pounded Yam Gnocchi: A Fusion of African Flavour with Italian Elegance

Experience the Comfort of Gnocchi with a Unique African Twist

Welcome to an exciting culinary fusion at African Food Box! Today, we're blending the comforting Italian classic, gnocchi, with a beloved African staple –pounded yam. Our Pounded Yam Gnocchi recipe is a creative twist on the traditional potato gnocchi, infusing the distinct texture and flavour of pounded yam. Paired with a rich tomato and shito sauce, this dish promises a delightful combination of flavours and cultures. Perfect for a cosy dinner or as an innovative menu addition, this recipe is set to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey!


  • 250g Pounded Yam (one wrap)
  • 1/4 cup Flour (plus extra for dusting)


  • 1/2 cup Tomato, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp African Food Box Shito
  • 1 tsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/8 cup Single Cream
  • 1/6 cup Cheese (your choice), grated
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Gnocchi Dough: In a bowl, mix the pounded yam with flour until it forms a smooth dough. Dust a surface with flour, and roll the dough into long, thin logs. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Shape and Cook the Gnocchi: Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Drop the gnocchi pieces into the boiling water. Once they float to the top, they are cooked. Remove and set aside.
  3. Make the Sauce: In a pan, combine crushed tomato, African Food Box Shito, parsley, and cream. Cook until the sauce thickens. Add the cooked gnocchi to the sauce, tossing gently to coat. Add Cooked pasta water if too thick.
  4. Serve: Plate the gnocchi, sprinkle with grated parmesan and cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips for Perfection:

  • Be gentle with the dough to maintain the unique texture of the pounded yam.
  • Experiment with different sauces to find your perfect pairing.
  • The African Food Box Shito adds a unique, spicy depth to the sauce that elevates this dish.

Our Pounded Yam Gnocchi is more than just a meal; it's a celebration of culinary diversity, bringing together the best of African and Italian cuisines. For more innovative and globally-inspired recipes, keep exploring with African Food Box. Remember, every dish is an opportunity to explore new flavours and create lasting memories!

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