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So I may be a little behind the times, but I've just recently discovered the incredible deliciousness that is gnocchi. While I've only tried the store-bought vacuum-packed varieties so far, these little potato dumplings have still managed to win me over. Chewy, hearty, quick-cooking, and oh-so comforting, I've found gnocchi (pronounced "nyo-kee" ) to be a great alternative to pasta and a tasty addition to soups. Here are a couple of my favorite recipes I've tried so far, as well as recipes on my "to try" list.

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MADE: Turkey Sausage-Gnocchi Soup
Straight from Cooking Light's Fresh Food Fast cookbook, this 5-ingredient/15-minute recipe delivers. It's delicious, quick, and ridiculously easy, making it the perfect weeknight recipe for this time of year. I've even left off the Parmesan cheese topping and didn't miss it at all.

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is recipe is by far one of the best dishes I've had recently. Fresh pesto, juicy shrimp, crisp asparagus, chewy gnocchi: what's not to love? It's simple cooking at its best and was even named one of Cooking Light's favorite 20-minute recipes in their September 2010 issue.

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TO MAKE: Homemade Gnocchi
Having loved store-bought, naturally my next goal is to make it myself from scratch. The Kitchn has a great tutorial on How to Make Gnocchi on their site. I think I'll pair my creation with a simple Lemon-Thyme Sauce.

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TO MAKE: Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach
Once I've mastered making gnocchi with baking potatoes, I'd love to venture out and try making it out of sweet potatoes or even butternut squash.

Have you ever cooked with gnocchi? What's your favorite dish? Any tips for me as I attempt to make it from scratch?