Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Making homemade butternut squash gnocchi is easier than you might think. The two keys to achieving the perfect soft texture are not overworking the dough and not adding too much flour. Don't let the loose sticky dough scare you. You want the dough to feel like it is almost too soft to pick up as a whole piece, and if it didn't have a coating of flour on it, it would stick to your hands. Keeping the work surface well floured helps to keep the gnocchi from sticking together and to your hands. After the gnocchi are prepared, all that's left to do is boil them briefly and then finish with a simple sauce--in this recipe, we sauté them with a mixture of butter, garlic and fresh rosemary, but feel free to swap the rosemary out for your favorite herb (sage is nice). A sprinkle of Pecorino Romano cheese is a nice touch, regardless. Serve with a simple salad for an elegant dinner that's perfect for fall dinner parties or for date night.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk

  • 1 cup frozen butternut squash puree, thawed (see Tip)

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 ounce Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  1. Whisk egg and yolk in a medium bowl. Add squash, salt and nutmeg; whisk to combine. Add 2 cups flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to come together as a loose sticky dough.

  2. Spread the remaining 1/3 cup flour on a clean work surface, piling most of it toward the back of the area. Turn the dough out onto the floured area. Gently work the dough into a single piece, using as much flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Do not knead.

  3. Pat the dough into a round disk. Cut into 4 equal wedges. Roll (and pinch) 1 portion on the floured surface into about a 3/4-inch-thick snake. Cut the snake into pieces about 3/4-inch wide. Repeat with the remaining 3 portions of dough. Turn the gnocchi cut-side down onto the floured surface and press down with a well-floured fork to flatten into ovals with tine marks. Transfer to a flour-dusted, parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate, uncovered, for 2 to 4 hours.

  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and stir to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the gnocchi float and are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain well and spread out on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

  5. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté, stirring often, until fragrant and just starting to brown, about 30 seconds. Add rosemary and the gnocchi. Cook, gently stirring, until the gnocchi are heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve hot, sprinkled with Pecorino if desired.

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Tips

Tip: Frozen butternut squash puree is also sometimes labeled "cooked winter squash." To make butternut squash puree from scratch, cut a butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and pulp and set the halves, cut-side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes to 1 hour. When the squash is tender it will give gently when pressed through the skin. Allow the squash to cool before scooping the flesh into a food processor to puree. 1 large (2 1/2-pound) butternut squash makes about 3 1/4 cups puree.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
12g Fat
65g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 21%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Vitamin A 8717IU 174%
Vitamin C 17mg 19%
Folate 246mcg 61%
Sodium 461mg 20%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 384mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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