Sage and Brown Butter Pumpkin Gnocchi

With Kale and Sweet and Spicy Candied Walnuts

Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 7 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Mild

Contains: Wheat, Soy, Tree Nuts

Vegetarian
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Few things are as marvelously plump and perfect as homemade gnocchi. This Italian classic, often thought to be too complicated for the basic home chef, is actually ridiculously easy (and fun!) to make. (It’s also perfect for getting the kiddos involved.) With the substitution of fiber-rich pumpkin for potatoes and the inclusion of the superfood kale, this recipe is more nourishing than the standard. It’s folded into a brown butter sauce with garlic and aromatic sage and topped with delicate sweet-and-spicy walnuts, promising to fast become a favorite in your repertoire.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 4 oz. Kale
  • 4 Sage Leaves
  • 1 Garlic Cloves
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    8 Vegan Butter
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    5⅓ oz. Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • 8½ oz. Pumpkin
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    2½ oz. Walnuts
  • 1 oz. Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
    854
  • Carbohydrates
    141g
  • Fat
    27g
  • Protein
    19g
  • Sodium
    915mg
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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Pot
  • 1 Small Pan
  • 1 Medium Pan
  • Step 1 - Prepare the Ingredients
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    Prepare the Ingredients

    Prepare a baking sheet with foil or use a non-stick baking sheet. Thoroughly rinse produce and pat dry. Remove the middle stalk (or rib) of kale and dice the leaves into 1-2" pieces. Finely dice sage leaves. Mince garlic. Cube vegan butter and allow to come to room temperature.

  • Step 2 - Prepare and Roll the Gnocchi Dough
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    Prepare and Roll the Gnocchi Dough

    In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour (reserving the rest for flouring your rolling surface), nutmeg, and ¼ tsp. each of salt and pepper. Stir to mix spices into flour and then add pumpkin puree, stirring together until a dough is formed. Once firm, move dough to a lightly floured surface (like a cutting board), and gently knead 10-12 times, forming a soft ball of dough. Let dough ball rest for 10 minutes, then divide dough into four rounded portions.

  • Step 3 - Cut and Cook the Gnocchi
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    Cut and Cook the Gnocchi

    On the same lightly floured surface (add more flour if necessary to prevent sticking), roll each of the 4 portions into a ½" thick rope (like you’re working with clay). With a knife, cut into ¾" pieces. Press each piece with a lightly floured fork until it resembles 1" long ovals (shown above). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water (5-6 quarts) to a boil (don’t add oil). Once boiling, add the gnocchi in small batches and cook for 1-1½ minutes until they float, which means they’re done. Remove from water with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Step 4 - Make the Candied Walnuts
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    Make the Candied Walnuts

    In a small pan, combine the walnuts, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes to taste, stirring consistently over medium-high heat. As the brown sugar melts, move the mixture around to ensure walnuts are evenly coated. Once nuts are coated, remove from heat and spread evenly (so they’re not in a big clump) on your prepared baking sheet to cool for about 5 minutes before ready to serve.

  • Step 5 - Prepare the Sage Brown Butter Sauce
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    Prepare the Sage Brown Butter Sauce

    In a medium pan, melt the vegan butter over medium heat. Add garlic, sage (add sparingly, as sage can be very aromatic, and reserve some for garnish), and kale. Allow to cook for 2 minutes, or until garlic becomes aromatic and kale looks slightly wilted. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fold cooked gnocchi into sauce and allow to warm for 2 minutes over medium heat before serving.

  • Step 6 - Plate the Dish
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    Plate the Dish

    In bowls or on plates, place equal servings of gnocchi, kale, and sauce. Garnish with cooled candied walnuts, any remaining sage leaves, and a crack of fresh black pepper. Uncooked sage isn’t for everyone, so only use to plate (because it’s gorgeous) and then remove if averse to the pungent, raw flavor.