Dorm Cookin’: Fancy-Looking Gnocchi for Two or More

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Peirce is a wonderful thing, but occasionally you’ve just got to have a home cooked meal. Unfortunately, anyone who would usually cook a meal for you isn’t around: you’re on your own, with just a dorm or apartment kitchen at your disposal. Not to fear! For roughly $10 (or less) and 20 minutes of your life, you can have really friggin’ good gnocchi that would make mamma proud.

Also, it’s vegan!

*Note: Most dorms have cooking utensils available. Ask your CA!


*Note: Have you heard the good news about our lord and savior Aldi? They’re right by Walmart, selling high-quality food for cheaper than most other grocers. All ingredients can be purchased from any store you prefer, but I really recommend Aldi.

-One package gnocchi – I like whole-wheat sweet potato, but any kind will work (~$3, Kroger, Walmart, Aldi, possibly market?)

-1/4 c balsamic vinegar (Bottle: ~$5 or less, Walmart, Aldi or Kroger; also possible to steal from Peirce)

-Veggies: I like mushrooms, peppers and onions, but you can use anything you like. (Cost varies depending on what you get; I spent ~$4 last time I did this.)

-Oil for cooking (Steal from Peirce, but a bottle of cooking oil is probably ~$2 if you want your own).


  1. Reduce your vinegar. This sounds hard but it truly isn’t. Dump the vinegar into a saucepan and bring to a boil (Protip: do not put your face over this. It burns.) When boiling, reduce to medium heat and stir occasionally. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until it’s slightly thicker when you try to drip it from the spoon. It will taste sweeter when it’s done.
  2. While water is heating and the vinegar is cooking, wash, peel (if necessary), and chop veggies into small bits. Heat oil in pan, and sautee veggies until soft. (FYI: To sautee: Place veggies in heated oil. Toss around in oil with utensil, such as spatula or large spoon, until cooked through and soft. This will take several minutes, but time varies depending on how firm the veggies were to begin with. You can let it sit in oil for small amounts of time, but don’t leave it too long – it might start to burn.) Remove from heat.
  3. While veggies are cooking, fill large pot with water and bring to a boil. When your water is at a full boil, dump in gnocchi. They take literally 2 minutes to cook – they’re done when they float to the top of the water. Remove from heat and drain water.
  4. Dump gnocchi back into pot, along with cooked veggies and reduced vinegar. Stir until well mixed, and serve.

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