Gnocchi with Herby Brown Butter Sauce is a go-to special occasion recipe in my book. It’s comforting, buttery, pillowy and light, and just insanely delicious. Paired with a great bottle of wine? Yes, please. Gnocchi is a classic Italian dumpling made from a few basic ingredients. Here, I serve it with an herby browned butter sauce and lots of parm. Browned butter is a sauce that’s made by melting butter and keeping it over low heat until it turns a golden color as the flecks of milk solids brown. Browning the butter imparts a delicious savory, nutty flavor, and it’s the easiest sauce on the planet. I add fresh herbs at the last minute and it’s next level.
Gnocchi is just as versatile as pasta and it’s really fun to make from scratch! When I worked at a cooking school we taught a weekly homemade gnocchi class. Our students went from beginner to confident in a matter of one class – all it takes is learning the proper method. I won't sugarcoat it - this is a project recipe, definitely not a quick weeknight recipe. It's the ideal weekend dinner when you have time to put some music on, drink some wine, and get cooking. Serve this recipe with my bright Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette for a fresh counterpoint. If you’re into wine, pair this with a good bottle of Rioja, or something red but not too heavy. Be sure to check out the sections beneath the recipe with tips to riff on this recipe to make it work for you.
Homemade gnocchi is a perfect special occasion recipe. Save this for your next date night, girls night, or to treat yourself! Serves 2 as a main dish with leftovers, serves 4 as a side dish.
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