Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

  • Author: Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
  • Prep Time: 120 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 125 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Making homemade gnocchi is easy and delicious and starts with simple ingredients.



  • 2 large baking potatoes (Russet or Yukon gold work well)
  • 1/4 ricotta cheese
  • Salt and ground white pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • For the sauce:
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup peas, defrosted if frozen
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 sprigs of fresh sage
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Grated parmesan, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Bake the potatoes in their skins for 1-1¼ hours until tender, then remove the flesh and mash until smooth.
  2. Mix the ricotta cheese with a pinch of salt and white pepper and then add the flour along with the mashed baked potatoes. Make a well in the middle, add the beaten egg and combine the mixture with floured hands. Work the dough until a smooth dough has formed; about 5 minutes.
  3. Cut the dough in half and shape each piece into a long cigar, about 1/2″ thick. Using the back of a floured butter knife, cut each length into 1″ pieces to make the gnocchi. Gently make a dent in each one – it will allow the gnocchi to hold more sauce.
  4. Add the gnocchi to a large pan of boiling water, stirring briefly to stop them sticking together. Simmer for 1½-2 minutes, until they start to float. Drain and leave the gnocchi to dry for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Add the gnocchi to the pan with a pinch of salt and black pepper and sauté for 1-2 minutes on each side until coloured. Add the peas, butter and sage. Toss, then add the lemon zest.
  6. Serve with grated parmesan.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian

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