Longer ago than I care to remember I had an Italian boyfriend and his Grandmother used to make gnocchi all the time. I loved watching her make them. She'd whip up a batch faster than I could boil the pot of water.
From that point forward, I was hooked. Not only on the perfect potato pillows but on the word itself. I just love saying it. Gnocchi, gnocchi, gnocchi!!
Last year, I decided to try making gnocchi myself. Being a novice, it took me a lot longer than an experienced Italian, but the result was delicious. We had enough to freeze for weeks to come.
I don't always have the time to tackle homemade gnocchi, but lucky for me, I have a few Italian deli's in my area and can pick up some already made at a moments notice. I just add a quick sauce for an easy, delicious dinner, which is just what we did last night.
Perfect when your short on time, this should only take you about 10 minutes from start to finish!
As with so many quick dishes with few ingredients, I have no measurements here. Just experiment and season to your taste.
Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage
small handful of sage leaves, about 10, minced
walnuts, roughly chopped
Boil and salt a large pot of water. Drop the gnocchi in the boiling water. When the gnocchi rises to the top, wait about another minute or two and fish them out in batches.
Meanwhile for the sauce:
Melt a large slab of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Let butter melt completely without stirring.
When the melted butter starts to caramelize on the sides, throw in the sage leaves and walnuts and swirl the pan to combine.
Cook for only 30 seconds more. Add salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg to taste.
Place gnocchi on a plate. Spoon brown butter sauce over the top. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.