Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Basil and Blistered Tomatoes

gnocchi with brown butter, basil and tomato

This is a summertime version of a brown butter sauce, no sage leaves used here, I’ll save that for the fall, instead I’m using fresh basil leaves tossed into hot, nutty tasting browned butter, just until crisp, then blistered cherry tomatoes complete with their juice get stirred in and around to complete the sauce.

It’s a killer combination, so quick and easy to make and the perfect flavor profile to top off your summertime pasta dishes.

frozen ricotta gnocchi

I for one love it with gnocchi, I’m partial to ricotta gnocchi, it’s my favorite, little fluffy pillows of cheese that melt in your mouth!

I normally make my own (just omit the kale if you want them plain in the link I’ve given you)  but once in a while I’ll buy some from my favorite Italian market and keep a few bags handy in the freezer, it makes for a very quick dinner that I can whip up in no time.

This sauce is also amazing spooned over cheese ravioli, if you’re not a gnocchi fan.

gnocchi with brown butter, basil and tomato

Very simple components, the only thing you have to do is roast the cherry tomatoes ahead of time and have them ready to go.

brown butter and basil

The basil leaves get frizzled and the juice of the tomatoes mingle nicely with the browned butter.

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Top it off with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, I’m serious, every bite is to die for!

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Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Basil and Blistered Tomatoes
 
The perfect summertime brown butter sauce to spoon over your pasta, using basil and blistered tomatoes!
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz.to 1 lb of cooked ricotta gnocchi, with or without spinach, kale, or swiss chard added to the recipe,or just straight up plain or even cooked ravioli
  • 1 pint of colored cherry tomatoes, sliced in half and pre-roasted plus olive oil
  • ½ stick of unsalted butter
  • a good handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Grated parmesan for finishing
Instructions
  1. Roast the tomatoes beforehand, you can even do it a few days ahead and leave them in the fridge.
  2. Place sliced cherry tomatoes on a foil rimmed sheet pan, drizzle generously with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 375 until they blister and juices start to flow.
  3. Remove tomatoes and place into a bowl making sure to save and scrape all juices off the foil.
  4. Get your water boiling for the pasta, gnocchi takes only about 3 minutes, In the meantime start making your sauce.
  5. In a large skillet on top of stove heat butter on medium high until golden and starts to foam, toss in the basil leaves, let them frizzle for a second or two then stir in tomatoes and shut off the heat.
  6. Get your pasta into the pot, when gnocchi rise to the top gently scoop them out with a hand strainer and place them carefully into the skillet, spoon and make sure the sauce is all over them.
  7. Finish with the grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

 

 

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Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Ricotta

swiss chard and ricotta gnocchi As soon as there’s a chill in the air I have the urge to make gnocchi, I don’t know why, but I  just do. So on a cool, dark, dreary Sunday I whipped up a batch.

I’m partial to ricotta based gnocchi instead of the potato ones, they’re light as a cloud and melt in your mouth plus you can get a batch together in no time at all.

making Swiss chard gnocchi This time I wanted to add some Swiss chard to mine, I still have a ton growing in my garden and since I’ve done kale gnocchi before I’d thought I’d try it with chard.

You don’t need a bunch of chard because a little goes along way. Rinse it really good then blanch it for a few minutes, the key thing to remember is make sure you squeeze out all that excess water because you don’t want super wet greens added into your dough.  I use my potato ricer for squeezing, it works wonders!

making gnocchi Making gnocchi isn’t difficult, it’s all about how that dough feels, you don’t want a sticky dough, it can be slightly tacky but that’s about it. Make sure to drain your ricotta, some deli ricotta can be very wet so you’ll want to make sure to drain it really good, otherwise you’ll be adding too much flour and your gnocchi will tastes like lead!

Add your flour a little at a time, you might need more or less than the recipe calls for, you’ll know by the feel of it.

swiss chard gnocchi A simple marinara always goes well with gnocchi but this time I added a little roasted red pepper puree into mine, ( roast a couple of red peppers then puree them with a little olive oil in a food processor) and we loved it even more, it was a match made in pillowy cloud heaven!

swiss chard gnocchi I also tossed some into a warm garlic butter sauce using just two tablespoons of butter, one small chopped garlic clove and the juice and zest of one lemon, I added diced and roasted zucchini along with freshly grated parmesan cheese, delish!

The main thing to remember is that the sauce is just a compliment, the gnocchi is always the star of the show!

My Ricotta Gnocchi recipe can be found HERE, just replace the kale with Swiss chard.

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