Pumpkin Gnocchi w Lemon Brown Butter
Pumpkin Gnocchi w Lemon Brown Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Lemon Brown Butter

I made a vow this year that I would attempt to make gnocchi. It is September and I have finally accomplished this goal. Just between you and me it didn’t look like it would happen.  I will admit I had a secret fear of these soft little pieces of pasta.

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Brown Lemon Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Brown Lemon Butter

The only reason I have finally faced my fear is Mr GG made a special request.  I asked him what he felt like for dinner the other night.  He usually NEVER gives me any suggestions when I ask this question, so I was surprised when he said Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce.

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Buttered Lemon Kale

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Buttered Lemon Kale

My mouth fell open… who was this man, and what has he done with my husband! My husband doesn’t speak in food words! My husband doesn’t have food preferences!

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt Lemon Butter Titled

Pumpkin Gnocchi – PIN ME

…anyway, after I picked myself up off the floor I toddled off to the kitchen to prepare pumpkin gnocchi from scratch.

Haha, SURE!

I did no such thing!

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt lemon Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt lemon Butter

I laughed at him, and said “Yeah sure honey, I will just whip you up a bowl right now!” He looked a little confused at my sarcasm. I explained how difficult gnocchi is to make… or so I thought.

Moving forward a couple of days I decided that “What the man wants, the man shall have.”  After all, he doesn’t ever request food, and I had vowed to beat this dish.

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt Lemon Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt Lemon Butter

In our garden we have Rosemary, Chilli and lemon growing, I wanted to take advantage of these products rather than go to the shops to buy sage. So because of this the dish morphed into a combination of Mr GG’s request, and what was available from the garden.

Pan Fried Gnocchi

Pan Fried Gnocchi

In the recipe below I have pan fried the gnocchi.  As the dough makes a very generous serve I used 1/3 of the gnocchi dough to make a boiled batch. Both methods produced a delicious gnocchi, but if I had to choose I would probably boil the gnocchi in future.  Boiling the gnocchi allows the pumpkin and rosemary flavour to really shine through.

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Lemon Brown Butter Sauce
Recipe Type: Main, Pasta, Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Julie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 6
A delicious explosion of flavours!
  • Gnocchi
  • 700gm pumpkin (roughly cubed)
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tbs of fresh chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 lemon (zest)
  • Lemon Brown Butter Sauce
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 red chilli
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 5 stalks of kale
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • For Cooking
  • 100gm butter
  • 100ml oil
  1. Dry roast the pumpkin in a hot oven for 30- 40mins or until the pumpkin is tender.
  2. Mash pumpkin in a bowl.
  3. Add flour, salt, lemon rind, rosemary, and egg yolks to the mash pumpkin. Stir until combined.
  4. If the mixture is sticky add a little more flour. The gnocchi should be a soft dough which does not stick to the sides of the bowl.
  5. Divide the gnocchi into 3 balls.
  6. Dust the bench with flour and roll the first ball into a long thin sausage.
  7. Cut the dough into 1 1/2cm lengths.
  8. Press each length with the back of a flour dusted fork to flatten and imprint.
  9. Repeat this process with the two remaining balls of dough.
Cooking the Gnocchi
  1. Add 50gm of butter and 50mls of oil to the frying pan and heat over a medium flame.
  2. When the butter is melted add about 10 pieces of gnocchi or as much as can comfortably fit in the pan without touching.
  3. Cook until golden and then flip the gnocchi over to cook the second side.
  4. Remove the gnocchi from the pan and cook a second batch. (I reserved my third batch for freezing)
  5. When the gnocchi is cooked add the remaining butter and oil to a cleaned pan. Heat until sizzling.
Lemon Brown Butter Sauce
  1. Fry the onion,garlic and chilli for one minute then add the rosemary and kale.
  2. Stir constantly.
  3. Once the kale starts to wilt a little turn off the heat and add the lemon juice.
  4. Stir quickly.
  5. Return the gnocchi to the pan and coat with the butter sauce.
  6. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

I wouldn’t say this is an easy dish to make.  It’s time consuming and definitely a labour of love! The good thing was I froze 1/3 of the gnocchi prior to cooking. I simply lined a tray with the pressed gnocchi dough, and then layer up with baking paper between each level. The gnocchi went into the freezer. Once frozen I placed the gnocchi in a freezer bag.

Pumpkin Gnocchi w burnt butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w burnt butter

Now I’m ready for the next time Mr GG requests pumpkin gnocchi. Although he had three serves of this dish so I suspect the request may be a little while coming 😉

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt Lemon Butter Titled

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Burnt Lemon Butter Titled

So what do you think readers? Is this something you would try? Where do you draw the line on requests? Personally I like a bit of bang for my time in the kitchen. I want to produce delicious dishes quickly! As delicious as it was… I probably won’t make it too often.


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  1. What a lovely idea with the pumpkin Julie – this looks delicious!

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  2. Beautiful…. love gnocchi… pumpkin looks and sounds delicious.

  3. Sometimes it’s easier not to ask what they want for dinner but I’m glad you ticked this off your list. I haven’t tried pumpkin gnocchi yet but I want to someday when I have time 🙂

  4. LOL at the response to your husband’s request. This pumpkin gnocchi sure sounds delicious, though. I made gnocchi for the first time last year and loved it!

  5. Bravo for conquering gnocchi AND being the best wive ever to Mr. GG! Very clever to add the pumpkin and kale =)

  6. Wonderful – well done! Looks fabulous.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. Wonderful dish Julie! You make me travel with your recipes! Love it! Have a nice weekend 😉

  8. LOL! Mr GG better request it again now that you have: a) prepared enough for next time; b) conquered your “fear” of creating this dish; c) considered it a labour of love. Aside from the dish looking good and the above list, I don’t see any reason why Mr GG will not speak in food jargon again, particularly this randomly requested once-difficult dish.

    Super great job!!!

  9. I love the sound of this lemon browned butter. It sounds heavenly and would go so well with the pumpkin gnocchi! 😀

  10. Pumpkin and kale are two of my favourites. I am so happy to see them both in one dish. Yum!

  11. This is exactly the kind of gnocchi I love – simple and delicious! Your photography is gorgeous too! xx

  12. I agree, gnocchi is a labour of love but the end result is so worth it. And it is so versatile. I make a few different versions and I love it. Your gnocchi look amazing and I can imagine the flavours would rock together. YUMMM!

  13. Pumpkin, kale, rosemary! What a antioxidant powerhouse dish! I love that and the nod to fall too, of course. Gnocchi is one of my family’s favorites! I must try this!

  14. One of my favourite dishes however I often don’t make pumpkin gnocchi either. I tend to make ricotta gnocchi as it’s more forgiving. I also have the fresh ingredients growing in the garden especially kale. Nothing like grabbing something from your garden and using it in your cooking. Best feeling ever!

    • I agree Jem, it’s so nice to get things directly from the garden to use in cooking. I love popping little tomatoes on my mouth directly from the plant.

  15. Just lovely! I haven’t made gnocchi in years, but you have inspired me to put it on the menu soon!

  16. This absolutely sounds amazing! I can already taste the explosion of flavours 😀

  17. Ohhh that’s so interesting I’ve actually never seen pumpkin gnocchi before but I’d love to try because I love PUMPKIN!!!

  18. I think I could live on anything covered in brown butter and sage sauce but these pumpkin gnocchi look outstanding!

  19. i love gnocchi! i must try make it with pumpkin!

  20. This is so creative and perfect for pumpkin season! I have never tried pumpkin gnocchi but I’m already in love with this. 😀 Looks so yummy!

  21. You did a fantastic job, Julie! That’s so great that your husband made a request and for this dish too. I’ve only made gnocchi once and it wasn’t too bad. Love your healthy twist too!:)

  22. This recipe is very creative, Julie… Now I’ll just have to wait for my pumpkin to ripen 🙂

  23. Oh, Julie, this is just wonderful! I’ve been so busy and way behind on reading blogs like yours that I love so much … and as I was scrolling down through all that I’d missed from you lately … this recipe and its GORGEOUS photo jumped right out and grabbed me! I love gnocchi. And pumpkin. And browned butter. So, game on – this looks fantastic! And hey – high-five on finally tackling the gnocchi challenge! For sure pinning this drool-worthy post! Yum! 😀

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