Deliciously rich and covered in garlic sage brown butter, these all squash gnocchi are the perfect fall pasta dish.
OK everyone, you voted and I answered, here is your SQUASH GNOCCHI recipe!!
For those who are not aware, a couple weeks ago I asked my Instagram and Facebook followers what recipe I should make with my remaining butternut squash. I had bought two at Costco, one became a butternut squash soup, and with the other I had no clue what to do. So between the choices of winter squash pie and squash gnocchi, squash gnocchi won (and when I say won I mean 99% of the audience voted for squash gnocchi)
Interestingly, that extra butternut squash I had did not become squash gnocchi, but rather a winter squash pie (the recipe for that will be coming soon) because I decided to test making both pie and gnocchi.
To experiment with the squash gnocchi recipe, my brother came over one weekend to help me cook. Before starting we decided to pick up a few more ingredients, which included some potatoes because I originally thought I would have to do a mixture of squash and potato for the gnocchi and we also bought some more squash. Interestingly we decided to be adventurous and bought a brightly orange-fleshed squash (that wasn’t a pumpkin) that we later thought was a Hubbard squash based off of this image.
Experimenting with the Squash Gnocchi Recipe
To make sure you don’t end up with gnocchi that falls apart I have a small pot of boiling water going as I knead the dough to test the gnocchi. In the end, we had about 800gr of processed squash and added one large egg and three cups of all-purpose flour. This gave enough gnocchi to serve 4-6 people as a meal.
Regardless of the amount of mashed squash you get out of your roasted Hubbard, always add just one egg. Everytime I go ask my nonna how to make gnocchi she can never remember if she actually adds egg(s) or not. So I put in one all the time, just for good measure. As for the flour, the recipe calls for three to four cups, but make sure you knead it in small increments. I’d start testing a couple of gnocchi in a small pot of boiling water once two cups of flour have been added and then every half cup after that. Depending on the squash and the humibity in the room the amount of flour you need to add can vary, so this is the fool proof method to make sure you have great gnocchi after all the work!
Hope you enjoy!
SQUASH GNOCCHI WITH GARLIC SAGE BROWN BUTTER
- 1 Hubbard squash (about 2-2.5 lbs.)
- 1 tbsp. neutral oil (like canola or vegetable)
- 3-4 cups flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 1 large egg
Garlic sage brown butter:
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 6 sage leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- starchy water from the gnocchi
- parmesan cheese (for serving)
Making squash gnocchi:
Heat oven to 400F. Cut the squash in half and lightly brush the cut side with oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 1 hour.
Once cooled enough to handle remove the skin and mash (see notes) the flesh until it is nice and smooth with no lumps.
Place the mashed squash on a clean floured board or countertop. Create a well in the center and add the egg and beat with a fork. Add 1/2 cup of flour over it all and start mixing the dough. Continue adding flour in 1/2 cup portions and kneading the dough until it is firm and slightly sticky (see notes).
Take a workable amount of dough and roll into a log about 1/2-inch thick. Using a knife or dough scraper, cut the rope into bite-sized pieces and roll each piece against the back of a fork (or a gnocchi board) to make ridges and a small dimple for even cooking. Place on a floured baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been made into gnocchi.
Cooking the gnocchi:
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the gnocchi (fresh or frozen) carefully to the water. When the gnocchi float to the top of the boiling water, remove them with a slotted spoon directly into the skillet of garlic butter sauce (if ready) or set aside).
Garlic sage brown butter:
Melt butter, sage and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat stirring frequently until the milk solids begin to turn brown, a hout 5 minutes.
Putting it together:
Add gnocchi and 1/2 cup of the gnocchi water to the skillet containing brown butter. Mix to coat everything nicely. Serve with parmesan cheese.
The best way to mash the squash is to use a potato ricer. If you don't have one, you can mash using a potato masher, food processor or a handheld beater until smooth.
To know if enough flour was added to the dough, have a small pot of boil water going and test one or two gnocchi after every 1/2 cup addition after 2 cups of flour has been added.
Squash gnocchi is a great recipe to make ahead and then take out for a quick meal. To freeze the gnocchi, place on a floured baking sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes before transferring to a plastic bag. When you want to cook them, toss the frozen gnocchi into salted boiling water and cook until they float!
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