3 Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage & Browned Garlic Butter

Savory Pumpkin & Squash Recipe Challenge Recipe #3

This is the first of two submissions by Melissa Machowski (hey! that’s me!). Inspired by my recent passion for learning everything pasta, I dreamed up this combo of pumpkin gnocchi and sage with browned butter. Let the sage crisp up in the butter. The flavor is truly a perfect pairing. My other recipe for this challenge can be found here.

Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage & Browned Garlic Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi


  • 1 medium-large russet potato, baked, cooled
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Grate the potato until you have about 1 1/2 cups of potato shreds.
  2. In a prep bowl, mix potato shreds with pumpkin puree.
  3. Measure flour onto a clean surface and put the potato/pumpkin mixture in the center.
  4. Make a well in the center and crack the egg into it. Sprinkle salt on top.
  5. Whisk the egg thoroughly.
  6. Mix all ingredients into a dough with your hands. When it starts to come together, form the dough into a tidy loaf.
  7. Cut off slices of the mound and roll each one into a long strip. Cut the strip into bite-sized pieces. Coat the gnocchi with flour to prevent sticking, and place them on a plate or sheet of wax paper.
  8. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the gnocchi, carefully, one at a time, to the water, working in batches.
  9. When the gnocchi rises to the top of the pot, remove with a strainer or slotted spoon. Set aside.
  10. Melt butter in a large skillet. Pan fry the gnocchi until each side has a nice golden hue. Remove gnocchi and set aside covered.

Sage & Browned Garlic Butter

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10-15 sage leaves
  • 1 smashed clove of garlic
  1. In the same pan used for the gnocchi, add butter, garlic clove, and sage leaves. When the sage leaves are starting to get crispy, remove from heat and place on a paper towel. You will chop them up after a few minutes cooling.
  2. Keep the butter moving as it reaches a nice brown color. Keep a close eye on it, being careful not to burn it. When it is brown, remove the garlic clove and remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Chop the garlic and sage leaves and mix back into browned butter.


Return the gnocchi to the pan with the butter over very low heat to coat the gnocchi and warm everything through. Serve hot as a side or main dish.

Notes: The dough and the prepared gnocchi both freeze well, so you may prepare smaller batches as needed.

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