Product Review: Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Product: Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi – $5.99+

This was it.  The last of the gluten-free gnocchi that I randomly spotted and purchased from my local Earth Fare store.  I was so happy to find three varieties…all three had to come home with me that day.  I knew I wasn’t going to get to them that quickly…so I froze them until I was ready to try them out.  Smart move on my part…because it took a bit longer than originally anticipated.

I was thrilled…just thrilled with the Classic Potato and the Basil and Potato varieties that I devoured before.  I saved the Gluten-Free Sweet Potato version for last because…I love, love, love sweet potatoes.  Like…more than most foods in this world.  Sweet potatoes make me super happy.  And I will eat them in different ways too.  So…why not in a gnocchi?

Thanks to Nuovo, this was simple to do which made my evening a lot more enjoyable.  I didn’t have to spend most of the evening prepping my own dough for this gnocchi.  All I did was take it out of the freezer and place it in the fridge prior to going to work…when when I got home…put them in some salted boiling water and allowed them to cook just as the package stated.

Easy.  SO easy.  And I was already anticipating digging into a helping of this as it was cooking in the water…and I was warming a sauce (a marinara…because that was all I had on hand).  I drained them, tossed them with the sauce…and dinner was served.

So…with all the anticipation…was it worth it?  Was it just as I imagined it would be.

Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi (boiled and drained)
Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi (boiled and drained)

Well…not really.  In fact…I was more than underwhelmed by this particular variety.  Where I raved and applauded the gluten-free Classic Potato and gluten-free Basil and Potato varieties…I was…just disappointed with the one I was anticipating the most.  The Sweet Potato gnocchi definitely had a hint of that sweet potato flavor…however, it wasn’t the first thing to hit the palate.  It was okay…it was still good…but it just didn’t knock my culinary socks off.  The majority of the flavor came from the marinara sauce I tossed these potato pasta goodies in.  I just felt like these were missing something…not texture-wise, but definitely in flavor.  If you are going to be sweet potato…something…you need to have that sweet potato flavor there.  I wanted to taste the sweet potato, not feel that it was masked.  And that’s what I felt happened with these.

Nuovo is so very kind to offer a gluten-free version of their famous fresh pastas.  I totally enjoyed the other two versions of gnocchi that I had from Nuovo…but this one just didn’t kick it up like the other two did.  I think of them all, the Basil and Potato was my absolute favorite of the bunch.

Nutritionally speaking, the Nuovo Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi serves up 2 servings…so my roommate and I split the pack.  This serving dished up 270 calories and 1 gram of fat.  A serving will also provide you with 350 mg of sodium and 11 grams of sugar (which I think is high…but it is a sweet potato…).  And finally, you will get 5 filling grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

Not bad for a potato-pasta!  Not at all.  I just wish they had a better all-over flavor to them.  But…you can’t win them all, right?  If you are looking for a great sweet potato flavor…spend the time to make your own.  Otherwise…Nuovo offers two other flavors in their gluten-free varieties that really rocked my gluten-free gnocchi loving socks!

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Homemade Style Marinara
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Homemade Style Marinara

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