Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce will have you licking the bowl! That sauce is soooooooo good.
If we were in Italy, gnocchi would be considered a first course meal just like pasta, then we would have a second dish of meat and salad.
Typically at home we make gnocchi as a main dish for dinner. With two little ones in the house, it is all they can manage to eat.
Because I am making gnocchi as a main dish, I like to add great flavor to it, but make something that is also hearty and filling.
What is Gnocchi?
Gnocchi is a type of dumpling made from potatoes and flour. Making homemade gnocchi is kind of a long process.
For the sauce? I will tell you that I tried making pumpkin gnocchi two different ways. The first way was with a simple sauce of sage and butter and it was so easy that I eventually decided to share it with you.
Although the other was equally good, the flavor of the sage really came through in the butter sauce. My garden is still exploding with sage.
I can’t figure out why that is, I figured it would be dead by now because we are already having cold weather, but it is holding its own.
Using fresh pumpkin or canned? It was a debate if I should use pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin for this sauce. The fresh pumpkin won because I wanted to also use the seeds for baking!
If you don’t know how to use them, check out this how to bake pumpkin seeds post! It’s fantastic!
What kind of fresh pumpkin to buy? The kind of pumpkin you need to use is a sugar pumpkin or a pie pumpkin.
I have actually never found a sugar pumpkin before, but my area is full of pie pumpkins, so they were easy to find!
Baking the pumpkin is super simple. All you need to do is cut your pumpkin. Take out the seeds and pulp.
Put in on a baking sheet and roast it! It’s so flavorful, you will be pleasantly surprised!
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