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This Sage Brown Butter Gnocchi is life changing!! It’s crisped in a pan with simple brown butter, a touch of fresh sage and of course a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese!

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A white skillet with gnocchi and brown butter sage sauce

Easy Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sage Sauce 

Cade here, and today is all about me and this 10-Minute Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sage Sauce. I mean, not really, but gnocchi is my favorite thing ever. In fact, I think when we were in Italy I ordered it at least once a day. Carrian started it, she introduced me to gnocchi by text as we were chatting about what to make for dinner while I was at work.

We are really excited to have teamed up with Walmart to chat about Sam’s Choice Italia Gnocchi and you’re going to love it!

If you don’t already know, gnocchi is my weakness and I’m pretty picky about it as it’s easy to get served poor quality gnocchi. We bought a whole bunch of brands and were pleasantly surprised with the quality and assortment of Sam’s Choice Italia Gnocchi! It’s hand crafted in Italy just for Walmart which means that there’s not only pride in the work, as we know all Italians care greatly about their food, but there’s also attention to detail as the texture is spot on. Plus, it’s all at a great price!

Sam's Choice Italia Gnocchi

Ingredients in Brown Butter Gnocchi 

All you’ll need to make gnocchi in sage butter sauce is the following: 

A white skillet with brown butter, gnocchi, and fresh sage to make a yummy 10 minute brown butter sage gnocchi recipe with a package of gnocchi in the background and a container of salt in front.

How to Make Sage Butter Gnocchi 

This fresh sage and brown butter gnocchi is a cinch to make! Here’s how we make this recipe: 

  1. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat with all of the butter in it. Cook for about 5 minutes, at which point the butter should be foaming.
  2. Turn the heat to medium high and continue to whisk or stir the butter so solids don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Watch the butter continuously as it can suddenly burn.
  3. Meanwhile, fill a saucepan with water and turn the heat to medium high. Once boiling, salt the water and add the gnocchi, giving it a quick stir once it’s in the water. Cook for 1 minute and drain in a colander.
  4. Once it begins to turn amber in color, throw in the gnocchi, sage and stir to combine. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the gnocchi is crisp.
  5. Serve on a platter with a dash of salt and pepper grated parmesan cheese. 

A white bowl with a pile of 10 minute brown butter sage gnocchi on a natural linen naplkin with a fork in the pasta

FAQ

How to Pronounce Gnocchi 

Not to be mean, but many people pronounce it wrong, so to start, it’s pronounced, nyawk-kee. That’s the Italian way at least and since they happen to make a mean Gnocchi I stick with their pronunciation.

Carrian got it right, just so you know. One more reason I really like that girl. 😉

Is Gnocchi Pasta or Potato?

Well, people say it’s a pasta, but it does have potato in it so it’s actually both. It’s made from flour, semolina, egg, potato and all sorts of ingredients to help it taste different.

What’s the Best Sauce for Gnocchi? 

Gnocchi is an incredibly versatile dish that you can whip up any kind of sauce for such as, marinara, pepper sauce, pink sauce, alfredo, pesto or even as simple as brown butter like we have here.

The Sam’s Choice Italia line carries some great sauce options like basil pesto and a roasted garlic tomato sauce.

How Do you Cook Packaged Gnocchi?

Gnocchi is cooked just like pasta, in a pot of boiling water. Start off with a large saucepan or pot and fill halfway full of water. Turn your heat to medium high and allow the water to come to a boil. Once the water has started to boil, heavily salt the water, and add the gnocchi.

How Long to Cook Gnocchi

Gnocchi only needs about 1 minute to cook, however at that point it’s up to you what comes next. You can remove the gnocchi from the water and straight into a sauce, or you can throw the gnocchi into a pan with a little oil or butter and cook until crispy which is our personal favorite.

Why Do Gnocchi Float?

You’ll notice that bubbles form and bring gnocchi to the surface of the water. It’s a really easy way to know if gnocchi is done too so that you can get on with your 10 minute brown butter sage gnocchi!

Can Gnocchi be Made Ahead of Time?

Gnocchi can be made ahead of time in two different ways.

Freezing uncooked gnocchi is really simple. Make the gnocchi and then arrange on a cookie sheet with extra amount of flour to avoid sticking. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 2 hours and then seal in zip top bags for up to 1 month.

Can Gnocchi Dough be Refrigerated? The other option is to refrigerate uncooked or cooked gnocchi. Uncooked gnocchi dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Cooked gnocchi dough can be quickly cooled in an ice bath, arranged in a tupperware with a small amount of olive oil to keep it from sticking and refrigerated for 2 days and then reheated in a pan with sauce.

Can Gnocchi Be Cooked From Frozen?

Gnocchi is one of the best pastas to freeze as it can be cooked from frozen.

Simply take the frozen gnocchi and throw it right into boiling, salted water. Drain and serve with your favorite sauce!

Gnocchi, What Went Wrong?

Why gnocchi fell apart or why gnocchi turned out mushy are some pretty important questions that readers have. If your gnocchi fell apart it’s probably because you overcooked them.

If your gnocchi turned out mushy or grainy, there could be two reasons, the first again being that you overcooked the little dumplings, and the second that you didn’t form a true dough. This is really tricky which is why finding a great store-bought product is the easiest solution.

Are Gnocchi Gluten Free?

Traditionally gnocchi are not gluten free as it’s flour and potato that make up the pasta. However, with so many gluten free needs out there you can find a gluten free option at certain stores.

Where is Gnocchi in Walmart?

Gnocchi is a pasta and a dry good so to find the Sam’s Choice Italia gnocchi at Walmart, just head to the pasta aisle. Gnocchi do not need to be refrigerated until you have cooked them so they are great to keep in the pantry so that you can make 10 minute brown butter sage gnocchi!

A white bowl with a pile of 10 minute brown butter sage gnocchi on a natural linen naplkin with a fork in the pasta

Tips for Making Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sage Sauce 

  • Use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt in this dish. 
  • I recommend using a light colored skillet so you can clearly see when the butter begins to brown. You don’t want to burn it! 
  • If you do wind up burning the butter (oops!), you’ll need to dispose of it, clean the skillet, and try again. Burnt butter is incredibly bitter and can’t be saved. 

A white skillet with brown butter, gnocchi, and fresh sage to make a yummy 10 minute brown butter sage gnocchi recipe with a package of gnocchi in the background and a container of salt in front.

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Sage Brown Butter Gnocchi

4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
This 10 Minute Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi is life changing!! It's crisped in a pan with simple brown butter, a touch of fresh sage and of course a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a saute pan over medium heat with all of the butter in it. It's best to use a light bottomed skillet so that you can see what color the butter is. Cook for about 5 minutes, at which point the butter should be foaming.
  • You can now turn the heat to medium high and continue to whisk or stir the butter so solids don't stick to the bottom of the pan. Watch the butter continuously as it can suddenly burn.
  • Meanwhile, fill a saucepan with water and turn the heat to medium high. Once boiling, salt the water and add the gnocchi, giving it a quick stir once it's in the water. Cook for 1 minute and drain in a colander.
  • Once the butter begins to turn amber colored, throw in the drained gnocchi, sage and stir to combine. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the gnocchi is crisp.
  • Serve on a platter with dash of salt and pepper if needed and of course, parmesan cheese!

Notes

Storage: will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Sage Brown Butter Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 104mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • When they say 10 minutes, they weren’t lying! It’s a very way recipe to follow. I added a little onion and garlic powder in addition to the sage. Definitely a go to meal after a busy day.

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    • Yay! Isn’t it so quick and easy?! I love the sound of your additions! Thanks for the feedback Kimberly!

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  • I love gnocchi and am always on the hunt for new ways to use it! I bet it’s divine in browned butter! And thanks for filling me in on the proper way to pronounce it! I never know!

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    • Hey, how are you???

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  • Thanks for the endorsement of pre-made, store-bought gnocchi. I lived in Sicily for over 3 years and can tell you, not a LOT of the families made their own gnocchi unless it was a holiday!! Stores sold many brands of shelf-stable gnocchi in a lot of different flavors! I don’t EVER remember it being fried, though, and I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

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    • Thank you Callie!

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  • Swooning over the flavors in this dish! We love gnocchi and I can’t wait to make this recipe!

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    • YAY!! Thank you so much!

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