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Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Vanilla Brown Butter

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  • ounces ricotta cheese
  • ounces pumpkin puree 
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • for serving: shaved parmesan cheese

vanilla brown butter

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

fried sage

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 handful fresh sage


  • Place the ricotta on a triple layer of paper towels. Cover it with another triple layer and press down, releasing liquid from the cheese. Scoop the cheese into a bowl and weigh out exactly 6 ounces for the gnocchi. If there is any leftover, use it for another dish! (or spread it on bread. mmmm.)
  • In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, pumpkin 1 1/4 cups of the flour, cheese, eggs, salt and pepper until just combined – using a rubber spatula. Add the remaining flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together, form a ball. Press it into a disk on a floured surface and cut it into four equal pieces. Take each piece and roll it into a log about 16 to 18 inches long. Cut 1-inch pieces with a sharp knife.
  • To cook, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once it’s simmering, add the gnocchi and cook about 2 to 3 minutes, until it floats for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon or sieve to drain.
  • Toss the gnocchi with the brown butter, fried sage and shaved parmesan. Serve immediately.

vanilla brown butter

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. Immediately begin whisking. Stir as it bubbles, and after 2 to 3 minutes or so you should see brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat immediately and add in the vanilla beans. Continue to whisk for another 30 seconds.

fried sage

  • Place the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted and sizzling, add in the sage leaves and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove them and place on a paper towel to drain excess butter.

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