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
- 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
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Fill a pot with water, add salt and heat on high to bring to a boil.
- While water is heating up, melt butter in a medium saucepan over high heat.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until butter browns and has a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add sage, Parmesan, S&P and red pepper flakes and continue to toss gently.
- Divide pasta among serving bowls, top with cheese and remaining sage.
- 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?