Saturday, February 28, 2009

Gnocchi & Sage & Butternut Squash, Oh My!

Ok, this is good stuff. I got most of the recipe from over at Savory Spicy Sweet, but took a few liberties. Here's what went down...

I used...

Butternut squash, cubed
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Fresh sage leaves
1 package gnocchi
4 ounces high quality Parmesan, shredded or shaved
1 can white beans

Now, here is where Trader Joes is awesome:

I could have spent 45 minutes and lost a couple fingers trying to cut up and peel a butternut squash (that is one of the things I am very very bad at), but the nice people at TJs have opted to put pre-cut cubes in cute little bags for a price low enough to make it worth it. So, I used 2 bags. I also used their gnocchi which seem just fine.

This is what you do:

Toss the squash, onion, and half of the sage (chopped) with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast it in the oven at about 375-400 for 40 minutes or until its getting brown and everything is cooked and soft. Towards the end cook the gnocchi according to the directions, drain, and set aside.

Now for the sage. I loooooooove it when things have crispy sage leaves in them so this was pretty much the main motivator for making the whole thing. Basically, heat some oil, toss in the leaves, and remove them when they're a little brown and crispy. Mmmmmm.

Take that out (if you're me, you may not have any experience frying leaves, so I kind of overcooked them. therefore, I changed the oil so there was no burnt taste). In 2 batches toss in a mixture of gnocchi and the veggies and lightly brown in the oil (the 2 batches part is apparently important so it all gets brown). At this point I added the drained and rinsed beans (I couldn't get white beans but that would be best. the recipe doesn't call for them but I wanted to add some protein). Toss them in with the remaining sage and Parmesan cheese (the fancier the better. mine was not remotely fancy). In addition, the real recipe calls for toasted pine nuts which might have been nice but I didn't miss them.

This was GOOD. I also only used about 2/3 the package of gnocchi and it made a ton.
Try it!


Helenes Dreams said...

This looks yummy...I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

wow that looks amazing. thanks for sharing. trader joe's rocks!

Banana-head Pancake said...

YUM! I wish the trader joe's here wasn't so crazy busy - I miss some of the great deals.

elsiee said...

Gnocchi is my favorite - printing your recipe to pass on to my personal chef, uh I mean hubby!

Just discovered your blog on the ETSY forum thread- come visit me sometime:

Andrea said...

This looks great! We just had the samosa potatoes on Sunday. Yum!

elsiee said...

I emailed this post to my personal chef/husband and he surprised me tonight and made it for me - oh my goodness!!

This dish is PERFECTION!! Thanks for sharing!

yellowfish said...

Oh hurray! I'm so glad to hear you liked it! :-)


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