For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are tossed with delicate ribbons of zucchini, shallots and cherry tomatoes that have all been sautéed in nutty browned butter. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook gnocchi until they float, 3 to 5 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add shallots and zucchini and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, nutmeg and pepper and continue cooking, stirring often, until the tomatoes are just starting to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and parsley. Add the gnocchi and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Tips

Tip: To make “ribbon-thin” zucchini, slice lengthwise with a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer.

Nutrition Facts

426 calories; 10.9 g total fat; 5.8 g saturated fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 752 mg sodium. 540 mg potassium; 65.9 g carbohydrates; 4.3 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 16.6 g protein; 1741 IU vitamin a iu; 47 mg vitamin c; 52 mcg folate; 281 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 34 mg magnesium;

Reviews (78)

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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2018
The first time I tried gnocchi was with this recipe and what an introduction!! I followed the instructions exactly as written and fell in love! It tastes very hardy without the added cals (bonus). I can't wait to make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2017
This is one of my favorite dishes. It's a little tedious to ribbon the zucchini but it goes faster with a food processor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2017
It was great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2017
I thought I had gnocchi in the freezer but it turned out to be cheese tortollini. WOW! This was SO GOOD! It was just as good leftover. We'll be eating a lot of this when the zucchini in our garden ripens. Really amazing light fresh & Fabulous! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2017
Hi everyone! This is a quick question and would be great if someone answered asap:) Is this a single serve or not if it is a single serve can someone please reply with how much I need to add to make it serve 4 people? I'm only 13 and have no idea about how to cook so tips would also be appreciated!! Thank you Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2017
Absolutely delicious. Next time will add a little less Parmesan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2017
That was delicious everyone loved it - I swapped the parsley for Baby Spinach only because I really don't like Parsley. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2017
My picture didn't look anything like theirs. However it was absolutely delicious. I didn't change anything but use fake butter because of my sons allergy. Still delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2016
Quick week day meal - fresh & light! This meal was awesome! Satisfied the adults and my teenagers asked for the meal to be repeated! HUGE success in this house! Everything cooks really fast. Switched out the onions (not a fan) for 2 fresh cloves of garlic minced. Also took the advice of adding fresh lemon juice at the end right before serving. It really made the flavors pop! Pros: Quick & easy - light fresh summery meal Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2015
Delicious! I made this exactly as recommended and it turned out great! My daughter (16) loved it and she is super-picky! It's great for a quick and tasty dinner on a busy weeknight. Brown butter complements pasta dishes very well and this is no exception. I recommend sage brown butter on fish such as barramundi or tilapia or try it with pumpkin ravioli..so good. Pros: Easy prep & clean-up inexpensive ingredients children like it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
Incredible meal Restaurant quality meal. My husband took a mouthful said 'Awesome' and gave me a hug. I used the garlic and lemon zest as suggested. I also used cheddar instead of Parmesan. Looking forward to cooking it for veggie friends. Pros: Delicious simple Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2014
Easy and Delicious I made this as directed except I always use a natural butter substitute and it was just delightful. I used my longest vegetable peeler for the ribbons and it was very easy. I will definitely make this again and may substitute the gnocchi for other pastas to mix it up. Pros: Easy healthy yummy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2014
Absolutely wonderful! Because I was making this for a crowd I prepared the browned butter ahead of time (I also wondered if making the browned butter then sauteeing the vegetables in it might burn the butter?). I then used a little olive oil in a nonstick pan to saute the vegetables (prepped earlier in the day) drizzling in the browned butter before adding the cheese. Because I wanted to emphasize a summery flavor I used only 1/4 of the parsley called for but added a huge handful of freshly-chopped basil over the top before serving. I also used shrimp and lobster-filled ravioli instead of the gnocchi. Really I can't remember the last time I have received so many (and so often-repeated) compliments on a dish. I'm thinking that next time some chopped hazelnuts to garnish would elevate this even more. Pros: Easy can prep ahead Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2014
Delicious! This was delicious! I sliced the zucchini a bit thicker and added a little more butter and there were no leftovers. HIghly reccommended. Pros: healthy easy quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2013
YUM Easy to make and delicious. Felt like we were eating at a nice restaurant! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2013
Loved this meat free dinner! This was DELICIOUS. After tasting it I added the juice from half a lemon and some red pepper flakes which put it over the top. I was really surprised at how much my husband and I both liked this. Amazing what a little butter can do for some veggies. Pros: Easy healthy quick. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2012
So delicious! I am so happy I decided to cook this dish. The longest part for me was prepping the vegetables. As the tip said I used a vegetable peeler for the zucchini ribbons and it was so easy! Everything came together great and I will most definitely be making this again! Pros: Easy cheap filling and tasty Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2012
excellent recipe I love this recipe. In fact it's the first time I think I've every written a recipe review. I use a mandoline to make slicing my zucchini much easier. Pros: easy to follow delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2012
Simple and Delicious I've never made or even had gnocchi before I made this recipe. For what it's worth I used self-stable gnocchi from Target. I had to adjust some ingredients (red onion for shallots and roma tomatoes for cherry tomatoes) and it still tasted wonderful. I may have been a little generous with the butter but oh well. On my second helping I added some lemon juice- it added a nice zip to it. I really enjoyed this and will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
This made me look like a gourmet cook! Delicious. I searched for something to make quickly with the ton of farmers market produce I had and stumbled upon this wonderful recipe. I didn't have parm on hand so I added garlic in with the shallots for extra flavor. I also substituted basil for parsley. I deglazed the pan with some red wine before tossing in the gnocchi and it was all so flavorful and fresh. It didn't need the cheese at all! My boyfriend was amazed when 20 mins later I walked out of the kitchen with the meal. This is the best thing I've made all summer! Pros: So fast so easy so good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2012
Quick and easy meal using that abundance of cherry tomatoes and zucchini the summer seems to bring! I made this for dinner for a friend and myself. Super easy and very tasty made following the recipe exactly. Use real butter (a substitute is a poor substitute in my mind since so much flavor is from the browned butter) and use real fresh grated parmesan (the stuff in the green can tends to be dry and sucks the flavor out of most dishes). The recipe is a terrific use of zucchini and cherry tomatoes both of which I tend to have in over-abundance at the same time in the summer. Love it and will make it again and again. Pros: Quick Easy Fresh Tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2012
Wonderful Quick Meal I need a quick meal for dinner last night and made this for my husband and I. I had to substitute 1 yellow squash because that was what was available. I also tossed in some extra cheese. It was easy to make with ingredients I had on hand and my husband took the leftovers to work! Pros: Quick easy tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2012
modification I used a vege peeler for the zucchini so it was very delicate and should be added at the end just to blanch it. I also substituted gnocchi for scallops and added rice noodles. Very tasty! Pros: yummy flavors Cons: zucchini breaks down and turns mushy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2012
Good basis but needed something The basic recipe was good and easy to throw together but lacked flavor. I added onion and garlic and cooked before adding the tomatoes and zucchini and used lemon zest and half of a lemon and rosemary before serving. I think I used too much zucchini I love this vegetable but not when its overpowering the dish will make a second attempt. Pros: easy weeknight recipe Cons: not a lot of flavor Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/09/2012
Yuk! After adding the parmesan cheese everything became very dry! And unfortunately the frozen gnocchi's were very chewy and not tender at all. Such a simple recipe but unfortunately my husband and I have given it thumbs down. Sorry! Pros: Quickly came together Cons: Very dry & tasteless Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is delicious and easy. I can't imagine why anyone would have given it only 3 stars unless they just didn't like gnocci or zucchini. Then again I did double the butter. That always helps. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This made an amazing meal! My hubby and daughter loved it and it was easy to make. I used a cheese slicer to slice the zucchini to the perfect thickness. Rosemary Brooklyn NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I live with several roommates who all have different tastes and everyone loved it it was easy to prepare and made great leftovers too. Ashley Richmond VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great summer dish. Used zucchini and tomatoes from my garden. Will make again! Angie Norman OK Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love this recipe! it's a staple in our household. I discovered a fast and easy way to make the zucchini ribbons. I used an apple corer-peeler-slicer machine on segments of large thick zucchini. It peels the zucchini and makes very thin ribbons in one step. Susan NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very tasty and easy to make! My dinner guests thought is was great. Made it just like the recipe is written. Carla Baltimore MD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this last night for my family including my vegan daughter and her boyfriend. I lightly browned 2 cloves of chopped garlic in 1T olive oil instead of the butter then added the shallots and zucchini. I followed the rest of the recipe omitting the parmesan cheese. Once they were served I drizzled a little browned butter & grated parm over the remaining servings tossed everything well. It was delicious & everyone enjoyed! deetsgooch Menifee CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved the taste and texture of this dish. Very quick to prepare and the children loved it. Kathy Odessa De Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely LOVED this recipe! Will be a staple all summer long. A great way to use zucchini and tomatoes from the garden. You must try this. Michelle Milwaukee WI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Suprising Good! The flavor of the zucchini was incredible. I did not use as much parsley as the recipe called for and it turned out great. Next time I may add garlic and maybe squash to add another depth of flavor! MUST TRY! Michelle Fort Worth TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was not as impressed with this recipe. I found it a bit bland. I substituted goat cheese for the Parmesan cheese and that added more flavor to the dish. Next time I make it I will add garlic. Maggie Washington DC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved it! It is absolutely delicious pairing the veggies and gnocchi. I especially loved the ribbon-thin zucchini. It was easy and fast to make too. I had to hold myself back from eating all of it! Toni Jacksonville FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I did as Emily suggested and used linguine and basil. It was delicious! I didn't have cherry tomatoes so used chopped plum tomatoes instead. Theresa Central MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was very easy flavorful and quite good. We might sub in a flat pasta for the gnocchi next time and maybe basil for the parsley. Emily Easy Bay CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was quite yummy! Next time I'd probably use less parsley--the taste was overwhelming the zucchini but all in all a very good dish! Ashley Charlotte NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this dish for a friend visiting from Italy and he absolutely loved it. He asked if he could have the recipe! Cassie Montpelier VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a great dish. I made it for supper last night and my husband loved it. Maybe a bit too much parsley though. I will definitely make this quick healthy dish again very soon! WI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a delicious dish that's easy to make. It tastes so fantastic that it's hard to believe it's healthy and it looks very pretty on the plate--a perfect meal with crusty bread and mesclun tossed with a lemony vinaigrette. Beth Milwaukee WI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was FANTASTIC!! It was super easy but it looked like it took hours to prepare! Everyone loved it! Will definitely make again! Ashley Ada OK Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was absolutely wonderful! I bought the veggies fresh from a farmers market and followed the recipe exactly. The flavors really came through and I didn't find any need for tweaking at all. Will definately make this again! Sarah MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is truly wonderful! I went to my market to purchase the gnocchi and they were out of it. I wanted to make the recipe that day so I decided I'd try cavatelli in its place. It worked like a charm! It was light and the zucchini was done just perfectly. Now I've got to try it with the gnocchi! There are endless possibilities with this recipe. I think red pepper strips would be a nice addition too. Thanks so much! Ruth Center Valley PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was very easy to make and I got rave reviews from everyone who tried it. Anonymous Maplewood NJ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The cooking gods must be smiling on me! I have made this a few times--but last night everything worked together nicely to make a creamy melt-in -your mouth gnocchi recipe. We've always liked it but especially last night.....yum! Tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I both really liked this. It was super easy and gave us something interesting to enjoy on a busy weekday night. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I didn't have nutmeg so I used cinnamon which came out pretty tasty. I actually liked the dish more the next day after the flavors settled in the gnocchi a bit. I had a hard time making zucchini ribbons too:( Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was so easy to make. I happen to have a mandolin slicer so the zuchinni ribbons weren't a problem. I didn't have any fresh tomatoes so I used a can of diced plain tomatoes that I drained and patted dry. I did double the butter. It was fantastic. My husband practically licked the bowl clean! Meredith Lexington SC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
A huge hit. Accidentally doubled the butter and now wouldn't change it. No such thing as too much butter! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very easy to come together eventhough peeling the zucchini was a bit of a pain. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Slicing the zucchini so thinly is a little dangerous but it's totally worth it. This is a favorite in my house. It's so easy and delicious I've shared it with all my friends. HIGHLY recommended! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My kids love this dish. Enough said. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
YUM! My husband said "This one's a keeper!" I did use one extra tablespoon of butter as "extra" was recommended by others. I think it was a good choice. Great meal! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this for company the other night and it turned out wonderfully! However I used some EVOO with the butter and added fresh basil. My husband and toddler loved it! It's a great way to get a little one to eat her veggies! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Here's a suggestion I hope will be helpful to those like me who do not have a mandolin cutter. Try using a potato peeler for making the zucchini ribbons. It worked for me and its alot safer. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Hopefully this review will not appear twice as I forgot to rate before I posted. I was too lazy to haul out my mandolin so I used my thin slicer with my food processor. The slices were round rather than ribbons but it didn't seem to make any difference. I found whole wheat with sweet potato gnocchi. I also added extra Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend after reading some of the reviews. I did add red pepper flakes as we thought it was a little bland and we like spicy food. Delicious! This will be a repeater in our home. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Just made this for the first time and LOVED it. My aunt and two year old cousin were both impressed as well and I saw my cousin eat zucchini for the first time! I tend to be wary of recipes erring on the side of bland so I doubled the spices (except for parsley skimped on that because fresh goes a long way) and added some garlic and one more tablespoon of butter. It was awesome. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I am not the best cook and this recipe was super easy!!! I just used a potato peeler to ribbon the zucchini (because I have no idea what the thing they wanted you to use is!) I also could not find cherry tomoatos so I cut up some Roma tomatos and I thought they worked great! This will be something that I make for years to come! Lindsay Wisconsin Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I used Cucina Viva gnocchi with cheese sliced the zucchini until I reached the seeds then discarded the rest and small red and yellow tomatoes from my garden. I used a total of 3 T butter and added about 3/4 teaspoon of dried thyme with the nutmeg salt and pepper. I think the addition of about 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes would be great. LOVED THIS! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent and easy! I used dried parsley since I didn't have any fresh and it was still great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Easy relatively simple and well received. I was told it was actually great. Like others I added a bit of extra butter and topped with a drizzle of olive oil. Dried parsley was an easy substitute that wasn't noticed. We'll be seeing this again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I added the extra tablespoon of butter that many reviewers suggested but it made my meal into a gloppy mess. If I make this again I will not add the extra butter. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
really loved this! followed the recipe as listed but used mini heirloom tomatoes that i found at trader joes. did not think it needed additional butter. delish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Omg. I just made this recipe. The gnocchi were a little chewy but the taste was amazing. My fiance is asleep but he said he'd wake up in a bit to eat some so I'll have to write back w/ his input. I used canned garlic roasted diced tomatoes for more of a kick. I have a knack for burning butter so I also used a bit of extra virgin olive oil w/ my butter. The freshly ground black pepper really does make a difference. I found no need for the red pepper flakes as many other commentators have written. In hindsight I probably should have used a pinch of salt since I used sea salt. It was really easy to make and I totally plan to make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
awesome recipe fast easy and very yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This made three servings. 2 of us ate it for dinner & I ate it again the next day. I liked it & so did my husband. I bet I make this again soon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I've made this recipe twice now and each time it is incredible!!! I love it. I use a substitute butter when I make it to lower the calories and add more cheese. It's incredible with those subs!!! I definitely recommend this recipe. Love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very Good with Chicken Added Loved this recipe. I added some chicken breast cut into smallish pieces and cooked in a little bit of butter and minced garlic. Added the cooked chicken at the same time as the Gnocchi. Turned out very well. Pros: Quick Simple Full of Flavor Cons: No Meat Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
I don't get it... All the reviews are so positive but I don't get it...I love gnocchi. I absolutely LOVE zuchini. But this dish did not turn out to be good at all. I could barely eat it. There was way too much parsley and it mixed with the parmesan and tasted horrible. I was very disappointed in this one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! I added some lemon zest and two minced cloves of garlic. this was fabulous! Pros: Quick tasty healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A new favorite. I also added some garlic and lemon zest. Also used pecorino cheese. Followed everything else according to the recipe. Absolutely delicious and plenty left over for lunch tomorrow. Will definitely make this again. Pros: Good flavors fast and easy to make delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Outstanding! My husband is not a big fan of marinara so I am always looking for pasta dishes with alternative sauces. This had excellent flavor. Definitely a new favorite for us. Pros: Simple to make and very tasty. Easy prep. Resturant style dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
AWESOME Amazing colors textures and flavors! I suggest using a cheese planer to make the zucchini ribbons - if it's a sharp one it will work like a charm. Pros: Amazing colors textures and flavors! Agree about the garlic and lemon zest. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Wonderful textures Took others advice and added 2 cloves of minced garlic with the shallots and lemon zest with the parsley at the end. Absolutely delicious. Will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Great but no ribbons I cooked this exactly as described and my zucchini ribbons turned to mush! It still tasted delicious enough to give it another go but the next time I diced the zucchini instead. Pros: easy delicious subtle flavor Cons: ribbons turned to mush Read More