Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage Pumpkin Sauce

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    Whole wheat gnocchi with brown butter sage and pumpkin sauce is a deliciously creamy and nutty dish that is full of Fall flavors.

    You guys. Do centipedes or bugs with 50 bajillion legs freak you the heck out and give you the heeby-jeebies? There was one on my wall yesterday and I screamed bloody murder. The look that Winston gave me was pure confusion.

    It was the most disgusting little critter I ever did see. I didn’t know what to do. A million thoughts went through my head. I could’ve easily slammed a book on it but then I would’ve had to clean it up from the wall and I definitely didn’t want to do that. I couldn’t just leave it there though after I crushed it. I thought ok maybe I’ll put a cup over it and strategically maneuver it into the cup and put it on the floor and let Jason take care of it when he gets home, but I didn’t want any close interaction with that thing. I decided to then grab a shoe from downstairs. Right when I was about to slam the shoe on this guy, I turned to look at Winston and when I turned back around to do the deed, HE WAS GONE. LIKE VANISHED INTO THIN AIR. There was no trace of him whatsoever. I shook everything nearby to see if he’d come out and no, nothing. Omgggg.

    Whole wheat gnocchi with brown butter sage and pumpkin sauce is a deliciously creamy and nutty dish that is full of Fall flavors.

    I literally spent the next 15 minutes trying to find him. Looking high and low and searching for this damn bug. I was so afraid to even walk around on my own floors because I was afraid he’d crawl over my feet. I still cannot, for the life of me, find this guy. He is MIA. I don’t know where he ran off to and I’m pretty sure he is just waiting to scare me into a heart attack tomorrow.

    There’s a whole lot of flavors going on in this whole wheat gnocchi with brown butter and sage pumpkin sauce but interestingly enough, it’s only a handful of ingredients. The best kind of recipe, huh?

    Brown butter is the liquid gold that ties this entire dish together. The brown butter and pumpkin coat everything with a creamy buttery sauce and then I fried the sage in the brown butter giving the brown butter a subtle sage flavor. I threw spinach leaves into this dish for a little color and for fiber/vitamins ;)

    Whole wheat gnocchi with brown butter sage and pumpkin sauce is a deliciously creamy and nutty dish that is full of Fall flavors.

    Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage Pumpkin Sauce

    A creamy and nutty gnocchi dish unlike anything you've ever tried before!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 servings
    Calories: 609kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 16 ounces whole wheat gnocchi
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 leaves sage
    • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
    • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


    • Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook gnocchi according to directions on the package.
    • Place butter in a shallow skillet over medium heat. Immediately begin whisking it. It’ll start to foam and within 2-3 minutes, brown bits will start showing up at the bottom. At this point in time, I usually will take the skillet off the heat and start swirling the butter around in the pan in the air so it doesn’t quickly go from brown to burned. Once you see a nice brown color in the butter (and start smelling the amazingness), you’ve achieved brown butter.
    • Carefully add the sage leaves to the brown butter and put over medium heat again. At this point, the butter shouldn't burn but just cook the leaves enough so they're slightly crisp and immediately remove butter and sage leaves from stove. Drain sage leaves on a paper towel and set aside.
    • Whisk pumpkin puree into the butter then place skillet over medium heat again and add spinach. Cook until spinach has wilted.
    • Drain the cooked gnocchi and add to the skillet. Toss until all is coated in the sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste.


    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage Pumpkin Sauce
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 609 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Carbohydrates 84g28%
    Fiber 11g44%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 15g30%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Dude, I am a wuss when it comes to bugs. I want to kill them all! So no judgement here! Also, so making this gnocchi!!

  • Maria says:

    This looks so yummy!!

  • Jljarrait says:

    Ah the dreaded house centipede. Halfway through reading your story I was about to comment you’re lucky it hadn’t already disappeared. Oops. They’re fast little buggers. Luckily they really don’t bite and they actually feed on other insects like spiders, bed bugs, silverfish, etc. Sorry to tell you you’ll probably never find it.

    Yay so excited for brown butter and sage season aka Fall. This looks amazing.

  • Heather Christo says:

    That is one lucky bug! he saw his moment to escape and got lost! Gnocchi looks delicious!

  • Tori//Gringalicious says:

    Yes! I love gnocchi and the sound of this pumpkin sauce is basically making me drool!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What a lovely gnocchi meal!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    This dish is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it soon!

  • Denisse | says:

    Yum! Brown butter and sage is the ultimate combo- and then with gnocchi and pumpkin? This is what fall dreams are made of! Pinned!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    hahahaha I am just the same :D

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