Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

This classic Italian pasta dish has a simple brown butter sauce and a touch of sage.

Gnocchi is a type of pasta that is made from potatoes instead of the usual wheat grain. These potato dumplings are soft, fluffy, and are delicious paired with a simple brown butter sauce with sage. 


Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

Aileen Anastacio
This classic Italian pasta dish has a simple brown butter sauce and a touch of sage.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 to 6


Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce Ingredients

  • 500 Grams Potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour plus more to dust
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 tablespoon Salt divided
  • 1 large Egg beaten
  • 1/2 Cup Butter cubed
  • 1/4 Cup fresh sage leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese to garnish


  • Place potatoes in a medium pot. Add enough water to submerge potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain well. Allow potatoes to dry slightly before pressing.
  • Place potatoes in a potato ricer. Press potatoes into strings. (You can also use a box grater.)
  • Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Add flour and ½ teaspoon salt; stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Make a well in the center then add egg. Gently mix the ingredients. Gently knead, like you would bread dough, just until combined.
  • Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Divide dough into 4 portions using a dough cutter or a knife. Carefully roll each into a 1-inch-diameter rope. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Roll gnocchi, one piece at a time, on a gnocchi board or fork to make ridges. Place gnocchi on a floured sheet pan.
  • Boil water in a medium saucepan. Add ½ tablespoon salt. Drop in gnocchi and cook until they float to the surface, about 3 to 4 minutes. Scoop out using a strainer or slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired.
  • Make the sauce: Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until golden and nutty in fragrance. Add sage leaves and let them sizzle a little.
  • Toss gnocchi in sauce. Stir after a few seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a serving plate and top with Parmesan cheese.
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