Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi

Snowstorm Jonas is here y'all, and I couldn't be more excited to be cooped up inside, lounging in my pajamas, catching up on shows and cooking. Today's recipe is a perfect example of one of my home-cooking philosophies: you CAN enjoy a "fancy" and satisfying meal without breaking the bank, or spending the entire day in the kitchen. I'm an advocate for from-scratch meals, when time permits, but I am also a cheerleader for shortcuts. The secret to this meal's time cut in half? Store-bought gnocchi. The icing on the cake is the total cost: less than $5.00.

Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi
serves 2-3

  • 1 store-bought pack of potato gnocchi (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 5-6 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced, with a few set aside for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Fill a pot with water, add salt and heat on high to bring to a boil.
  2. While water is heating up, melt butter in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until butter browns and has a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat.
  4. Once water has come to a steady boil, add gnocchi and cook until the pasta floats to the surface (about 1-2 minutes). Allow to simmer for about 30 more seconds.
  5. Return brow butter sauce to medium heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi from pot to saucepan. Add a bit of the gnocchi's cooking liquid to the saucepan and toss until the pasta is evenly coated.
  6. Add sage, Parmesan, S&P and red pepper flakes and continue to toss gently.
  7. Divide pasta among serving bowls, top with cheese and remaining sage.
  8. Pair with your favorite Italian red wine and enjoy. I'm having mine with La Mannella's Brunello di Montalcino 2010.

What meals are you guys cooking enjoying during Snowstorm Jonas 2016?