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Gnocchi With A Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Soft and light homemade gnocchi tossed in a simple yet delicious brown butter and sage sauce. Whether you make the gnocchi from scratch or choose storebought this simple dinner has a beautiful flavour which fits both busy weeknights or an elegant dinner party.

An overhead shot of gnocchi in a brown butter sage sauce in a large blue bowl

These ricotta gnocchi have been my go to recently and for two simple yet important reasons. One, they are so damn easy to make and two, they are so damn delicious!

Whether they’re tossed with a rich and intensely flavoured sausage ragu or a broccoli cream sauce (<<ughh pure heaven) they are just SO good and pretty hard to resist! Yup, I’ll be the first to admit that I can easily eat two generous helpings in one go.

Tossing them in this brown butter sage sauce has got to be the easiest (and quickest) way to serve them or any pasta in fact!

What Is Brown Butter?

It sounds fancy, right? But brown butter (also known as beurre noisette in French cuisine) is just when the milk solids in the butter turn a light brown colour. It helps to use a light coloured pan when making it so you can keep an eye on the butter as it’s browning.

Butter cooks fast and can easily burn so you need to watch it but it’s the easiest way to add a delicious nutty flavour to sauces and can easily be adapted with different fresh herbs.

How To Make Gnocchi With Brown Butter Sage Sauce – Step By Step

If you’d like to make homemade ricotta gnocchi from scratch then follow this recipe here with step by step photos and don’t worry they are easy to make. All ingredients are mixed in a bowl, there’s no kneading involved and they can be made from scratch in only 10 minutes!

Whether you’re using homemade or storebought bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi.

Meanwhile, add the butter to a large pan. When the butter starts to foam add the sage leaves. Watch the butter swirling from time to time until the butter starts to brown then turn off the heat. This should only take 1 minute or 2 (photos 1 & 2).

Step by step photos for making gnocchi with brown butter sage sauce

When the gnocchi floats to the top of the water remove them with a slotted spoon to the butter sauce. The added water will sizzle in the pan and gives added flavour to the sauce (photo 3 & 4).

Toss the gnocchi in the sauce and serve (photo 5 & 6).

Other Ways To Use This Brown Butter Sage Sauce

You don’t need to stop at gnocchi when it comes to this simple sauce it can be used in so many other ways, here are some ideas;

  • Toss with fresh pasta with lashings of freshly grated parmesan cheese. This is another simple favourite, I have a similar recipe here just use browned butter infused with sage.
  • This sauce would work great with chicken, try adding a touch of lemon too!
  • Over steak would be delicious, even try adding garlic and swapping the sage for thyme!

Extra Tips For Making The Sauce;

  • Use a light coloured pan, if you’re unsure. It helps keep track of the colour of the butter whilst it’s browning.
  • Add the sage or herb of choice when the butter starts foaming.
  • When the butter starts to foam watch it carefully and swirl the pan once or twice until it starts to brown.
  • When the butter is a light brown colour remove it from the heat to stop it burning.
  • This sauce only takes 1 minute or two to make so make sure your pasta, gnocchi or whatever you’re serving it with is almost ready when you start it.
  • If you’re making the sauce to serve over or with meat then cook the meat first and start the sauce as the meat rests.

Other Recipes Using Butter Or Sage;

A side shot of gnocchi with a brown butter sage sauce

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Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce

Soft and light homemade gnocchi tossed in a simple yet delicious brown butter and sage sauce. Whether you make the gnocchi from scratch or choose storebought this simple dinner has a beautiful flavour which fits both busy weeknights or an elegant dinner party.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Brown Butter Sauce, Butter and Sage Sauce, Gnocchi with Butter Sauce
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 359kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 15.8 oz (450g) homemade gnocchi or storebought
  • 3.5 oz (100g) butter
  • 6-7 sage leaves

Instructions

  • Whether you're using homemade or storebought gnocchi bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi.
  • Meanwhile, add the butter to a large pan. When the butter starts to foam add the sage leaves. Watch the butter swirling from time to time until the butter starts to brown then turn off the heat. This should only take 1 minute or 2.
  • When the gnocchi floats to the top of the water remove them with a slotted spoon to the butter sauce. The added water will sizzle in the pan and gives added flavour to the sauce.
  • Toss the gnocchi in the sauce and serve.

Notes

Extra Tips For Making The Sauce;

  • Use a light coloured pan, if you're unsure. It helps keep track of the colour of the butter whilst it's browning.
  • Add the sage or herb of choice when the butter starts foaming.
  • When the butter starts to foam watch it carefully and swirl the pan once or twice until it starts to brown.
  • When the butter is a light brown colour remove it from the heat to stop it burning.
  • This sauce only takes 1 minute or two to make so make sure your pasta, gnocchi or whatever you're serving it with is almost ready when you start it.
  • If you're making the sauce to serve over or with meat then cook the meat first and start the sauce as the meat rests.

Other Ways To Use This Brown Butter Sage Sauce

You don't need to stop at gnocchi when it comes to this simple sauce it can be used in so many other ways, here are some ideas;
  • Toss with fresh pasta with lashings of freshly grated parmesan cheese. This is another simple favourite, I have a similar recipe here just use browned butter infused with sage.
  • This sauce would work great with chicken, try adding a touch of lemon too!
  • Over steak would be delicious, even try adding garlic and swapping the sage for thyme!
Nutrition Facts
Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 556mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 12.4%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 556mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 12.4%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info For All Recipes 
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    October 19, 2018 at 11:31 am

    That sauce looks and sounds so amazing! I love gnocchi – it makes for a great family meal and it is so comforting.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    October 19, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Oh that sauce sounds delicious. Sometimes simple meals like this are perfect!

  • Reply
    Shinta Simon
    October 19, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Love the simplicity of this sauce. It certainly is perfect for Autumn, I’d love to try it sometime soon.

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    October 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Wow, I want to eat it every day! I’m sure this is very tasty. This is a great recipe for me. I really like

  • Reply
    Michelle - The Last Food Blog
    October 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Oh, this is just my idea of heaven! Sage and brown butter sauce is one of my favourite things. This is such a great no-fail recipe, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, love it!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      October 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Thanks so much Michelle, it’s the best combo and totally perfect when you need a quick meal!

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