Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce*

Lazy Girls Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce from

What’s that? You made some resolutions yesterday? That’s cool, but I brought you some potato pasta in a butter sauce. It’s like heaven and it makes your diet resolution sound super lame. I promise that I will get around to serving up some ass friendly recipes to help you lose those pesky holiday cookie pounds…but not today, not yet. I’m just not ready.

Lazy Girls Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce from

Instead, today we are talking about Gnocchi and using ::gasp:: dehydrated potatoes. A few months back, I got the chance to visit Idaho and visit some of their amazing potato farms. I also got to go behind the scenes and learn about what happens to all the potatoes that are too ugly or too big to make it to our grocery store shelves.

Seeing the process Idahoan goes through with their potatoes opened me up to using them more in my cooking at home. I have used them to thicken soups and to make Gnocchi! Baking and peeling super hot potatoes takes time (and leaves me with burnt fingers because I have zero patience), but whipping up Gnocchi in a food processor is any lazy girl’s dream.

Lazy Girls Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce from

From start to finish, I had dinner on the table in about 45 minutes. Not to bad for Gnocchi! Just a little time to roll out the dough and form the gnocchi…then you are boiling them and whisking up a delicious brown butter sage sauce. Any true Italian is shaking their head at me right now…but I know some of you are thanking me. :)


Lazy Girls Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Note: You can add a little half and half (about 1/4 cup) to the sauce if you are craving a creamy sauce. Just whisk it in right before you stir in the gnocchi.


  • 2 cups instant potato flakes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste
  • ½ cup grated asiagov cheese


In a food processor, combine all ingredients (potato flakes, flour, water, eggs, melted butter, salt, oregano and black pepper). Mix at low speed until dough forms.

Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and place 1 piece on a lightly floured work surface. Roll piece into a long rope, about 1/2-inch in diameter, flouring lightly if needed.

Slice the rope into pieces 1/2-inch wide. Holding one piece at a time, roll the tines of a fork against the dough until slight indentations are formed. Repeat with each piece of dough, setting formed gnocchi on a floured kitchen towel or baking sheet.

At this point, you may refrigerate the uncooked gnocchi for up to 2 hours or freeze them on the baking sheet and then transfer them into a covered container and store in the freezer for several weeks.

Bring a large stock pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt, and cook the gnocchi until they float to the top. With a slotted spoon, remove the gnocchi and spread on a baking sheet while brown-butter sauce finishes cooking.

While the gnocchi are cooking, heat the butter in a deep sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, let sit undisturbed until the outside edges have begun to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Quickly swirl the skillet and add shallot and sage.

Let cook for 1 minute longer, season with salt and pepper to taste and add gnocchi to skillet to toss with sauce and rewarm if necessary. Sprinkle with asiago cheese and serve immediately.


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32 Responses to “Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce”

  1. 1

    leslie — January 1, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    Ohhh, looks scrumptious! I’m totally not ready for diet food!!

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    raquel from Florida — January 1, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    wow! This is the perfect recipe for the first day of the year! Thank you Jessica and Happy New Year to you and yours!!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 1, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    I am soooo into this! Yum!

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 1, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Oh, that brown butter sage sauce looks perfect for the gnocchi. Happy New Year!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — January 2, 2013 @ 1:55 am

    I was originally skeptical of dehydrated potatoes but from what I understand there isn’t anything bad in them (though, that might be brand specific). I need to try cooking with them!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — January 2, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    I can’t wait to try making gnocchi! And, now knowing I can use instant potato flakes?? SWEEEEEET!

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    Erin R. — January 2, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Dang it, that looks good. I usually make gnocchi for chicken soup (instead of noodles) but, oddly, have never made them just for eating. This looks like a good place to start, especially with the potato flakes which are new to me. Thanks! Good one!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — January 2, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Instant potato flakes, I never would’ve thought! To think I have been burning the crap out of my fingertips for nothing. Looks great!

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    Jessica of My Baking Heart — January 2, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I love gnocchi! And this sauce sounds amazing, J! :)

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    Rachel Cooks — January 2, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    Love this!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — January 2, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    oh my gosh – i freaking LOVE this!!!!! GENIUS.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 2, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    I’m pretty much thanking you forever. And ever.

  13. 13

    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 2, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    Jaw = dropped. Love this. You are genius!

  14. 14

    Shaina — January 2, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    Those gorgeous little pillows are calling my name.

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    Eva Taylor — January 3, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Great idea to use the dehydrated flakes for this time-saving recipe. My husband loves gnocchi and would be very pleased if I whipped this up for him sometime. I might go with a lighter tomato based sauce, just so we can pretend to be eating healthier 😉

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    Annalise — January 3, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Jessica, this is perfect for me! I’ve wanted to make gnocchi forever but haven’t gotten around to getting a ricer. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love the brown butter sage sauce too, definitely one of my faves.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 3, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    What a great idea to use potato flakes! Love the sound of the brown butter sauce!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 3, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    Gnocchi in a food processor?! And butter sauce? I don’t know what part of this I heart harder…

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    Jennifer @ Revel Kitchen — January 3, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    Hi Jessica, your gnocchi look gorgeous!

    I was wanting to make these just from the beautiful photos but dreading dealing with the potatoes, so instant potato flakes got me excited :). Now I just have to get some of those flakes! Looking forward to trying the recipe.

    Brown butter is one of my favorites and I’ve been making lots lately. It makes the house smell amazing! I just did a post on technique for browning butter ( that might be helpful.


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    shelly (cookies and cups) — January 4, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I need gnocchi. At 9:20 in the morning. Baaaaad.
    Also, I will never judge dehydrated potatoes ever again!

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    Jess Gonzalez | Feast With Me — January 4, 2013 @ 1:59 pm


    Ahem. My apologies, but as a college student who constantly craves gnocchi and does not own a ricer or all that other crazy crap you need to make gnocchi, you pretty much just made my 2013 amazing. Thank youuuuu!

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    Meghan — January 4, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    This might totally be easier than using real potatoes, but giiiirl, lazy it is not! Lazy is frozen gnocchi. I’m sure this tastes much better than lazy. Don’t sell ya self short! :) I’m gonna try it (I’m not lazy either). Thanks!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 7, 2013 @ 3:14 am

    I love that you used potato flakes! Just makes it easier. Now if I could find potato flakes where I live… that’d just be dandy. :)

    And this gnocchi looks SO good. I love love love gnocchi but unfortunately I’m a failure at gnocchi making. The stuff out of the bag? I can do that but then I eat the entire bag in one sitting. Not so good. I need to find potato flakes!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — February 7, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Love this quick idea – it is on my list to make gnocchi this year, wonder if this would be considered cheating?

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    robin — September 17, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    I don’t have afood processor. I do have a hand held mixer and blender. how can I make this without a food processor? home made gnocci sounds awesome and the sauce is simple and yummy.

    • Jessica replied: — September 17th, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

      Yes it can also be made with a blender or hand held mixer! Hope you enjoy it!

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