Gnocchi are a traditional Italian dish made of potato and flour dumplings that are boiled and are usually served with tomato sauce or butter, sage leaves and parmesan cheese, but recipes vary between different regions in Italy. They are characteristically soft and thick in consistency. Gnocchi are also very simple to cook: they take a few minutes to cook and once they are ready to be removed from the boiling water, they float to the top and must be progressively removed.
Gnocchi are often erroneously described as a variety of pasta, but they are not classified as such in Italy. However, like pasta, gnocchi are considered an entree and occasionally they can be served as a side dish.
The word gnocchi is the plural, while the singular form is gnocco.
The correct pronunciation of gnocchi is nyohk-kee.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to accurately transcribe how to pronounce the "gn" sound for English speakers in a precise manner. The "gn" is pronounced similarly to how you pronounce the "ny" sequence, but not exactly. An equivalent pronunciation of the "gn" the letter "ñ", as it is pronounced in the word "piñata".
After the "gn" in gnocchi, the "o" must be pronounced as a short "o", which is to say it is pronounced with an "oh" sound. The "o" in gnocchi is often pronounced the wrong way by English speakers because they pronounce it with an "ow".
Another challenge for English speakers is the pronunciation of "cch" in gnocchi. First, in Italian, "ch" is always pronounced as a "k". Second, the double "c" adds stress to the pronunciation of the "k" sound. In the audio pronunciation, you will hear the strong stress that is pronounced on the "cch", which is the key to pronouncing gnocchi correctly.
The final indication of how to pronounce gnocchi is that the final "i" is pronounced like how you would pronounce the letter "e" in English.