Pan Seared Basil Gnocchi with Sage Butter

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easy sage butter gnocchi - basic lunch recipe

Here’s my go-to pan seared gnocchi recipe with a sage butter sauce and a tiny sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. I absolutely love the crispy texture of the gnocchi, combined with the velvety touch of the sauce. If you have some in your fridge already, this dish is perfect if you want a quick lunch that’s tasty and delicious. If not, follow my instructions below on how to make your own!

CategoryLunch, PastaDifficultyBeginnerAuthorMadalina - Get Savoury

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

 1 cup basil gnocchi (or simple gnocchi if you prefer)
 1 cup (gnocchi water - see the instructions)
 3 tbsp butter
  cup bacon, diced into tiny cubes
  cup pecorino cheese
 4 sage leaves
 1 tbsp vegetable oil
 2 pinches salt
 1 pinch pepper

1

Prepare your ingredients: finely dice the bacon into small cubes, get your butter out and onto a small plate, wash the sage leaves, you can chop them into smaller pieces if the leaves are too big. Grate the cheese.

easy sage butter gnocchi ingredients

2

Fill a large pot with water (about 3/4) depending on how large it is, add about 1 tbsp of salt and bring to a boil. It should take between 5-10 minutes.

3

As the water slowly comes to a boiling temperature, add 1 tbsp of oil to a frying pan and place on your stove top, at medium heat. Add the finely diced bacon bits and cook them until they become darker in color and crispy.

4

Transfer the bacon bits onto a paper towel to drain any excess oil. We'll be using the bacon to garnish the dish later. I find that the crispy bacon bits truly elevate the textures of the dish.

5

Once your bacon is cooked and set aside, you're ready to drop your fresh gnocchi into the boiling water. If you're cooking more than 2 servings, boil them in 2 batches. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until your gnocchi start popping up to the surface of the water. That's the clue that you should be looking for to make sure the gnocchi are cooked properly. Don't discard the water that you used to boil the gnocchi, you'll need that in just a little bit.

easy sage butter gnocchi - boiling the gnocchi

6

Transfer them to the pan, in the same oil where you fried the bacon. This is going to make add a savoury note to the final sauce. Fry the gnocchi until they start getting that beautiful crisp, golden color. Add a clove of garlic, crushed or halved.

7

Add your cubes of butter and continue searing the gnocchi. By now your kitchen should be filled with a nutty, buttery flavour.

easy sage butter gnocchi - adding butter

8

Add the sage leaves and a cup of water from the pot where you boiled the gnocchi. This is going to help form a thick, silky sauce that will blend all the flavours together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

easy sage butter gnocchi - adding water

9

Transfer to a plate or a bowl and top with lots of pecorino cheese and the crispy bacon bits. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 cup basil gnocchi (or simple gnocchi if you prefer)
 1 cup (gnocchi water - see the instructions)
 3 tbsp butter
  cup bacon, diced into tiny cubes
  cup pecorino cheese
 4 sage leaves
 1 tbsp vegetable oil
 2 pinches salt
 1 pinch pepper

Directions

1

Prepare your ingredients: finely dice the bacon into small cubes, get your butter out and onto a small plate, wash the sage leaves, you can chop them into smaller pieces if the leaves are too big. Grate the cheese.

easy sage butter gnocchi ingredients

2

Fill a large pot with water (about 3/4) depending on how large it is, add about 1 tbsp of salt and bring to a boil. It should take between 5-10 minutes.

3

As the water slowly comes to a boiling temperature, add 1 tbsp of oil to a frying pan and place on your stove top, at medium heat. Add the finely diced bacon bits and cook them until they become darker in color and crispy.

4

Transfer the bacon bits onto a paper towel to drain any excess oil. We'll be using the bacon to garnish the dish later. I find that the crispy bacon bits truly elevate the textures of the dish.

5

Once your bacon is cooked and set aside, you're ready to drop your fresh gnocchi into the boiling water. If you're cooking more than 2 servings, boil them in 2 batches. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until your gnocchi start popping up to the surface of the water. That's the clue that you should be looking for to make sure the gnocchi are cooked properly. Don't discard the water that you used to boil the gnocchi, you'll need that in just a little bit.

easy sage butter gnocchi - boiling the gnocchi

6

Transfer them to the pan, in the same oil where you fried the bacon. This is going to make add a savoury note to the final sauce. Fry the gnocchi until they start getting that beautiful crisp, golden color. Add a clove of garlic, crushed or halved.

7

Add your cubes of butter and continue searing the gnocchi. By now your kitchen should be filled with a nutty, buttery flavour.

easy sage butter gnocchi - adding butter

8

Add the sage leaves and a cup of water from the pot where you boiled the gnocchi. This is going to help form a thick, silky sauce that will blend all the flavours together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

easy sage butter gnocchi - adding water

9

Transfer to a plate or a bowl and top with lots of pecorino cheese and the crispy bacon bits. Enjoy!

Pan-Seared Basil Gnocchi with Sage Butter

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