Gnocchi with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the thought of gnocchi lately. Maybe because they remind me of teeny little pillows. Maybe because they’re perfect little chubby carbohydrate dumplings I want to curl up on the couch and hibernate with. Maybe because they are so closely associated with browned butter. Probably all of the above.

I’ve made gnocchi, and ordered it at restaurants, but never bought it at the grocery store – this was a total impulse buy. It was fine – like plain pasta that needed some dressing up. In this case I resurrected some mushrooms, sauteing them with butter and garlic after doing the same to a diced sweet potato. I had seen this, but mine was far, far more streamlined.

It would be a waste to write out a recipe, not that I’d remember it anyway. Heavy cast iron skillet, canola oil and butter, diced sweet potato, then mushrooms and garlic. Boiled gnocchi tossed with all of the above, plus a glob of butter left to melt, then turn golden and nutty in the pan with the browned bits in the bottom. Easy to stab at with a fork at my desk on nights when it’s already dark by 4 o’clock.


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12 comments on “Gnocchi with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms

  1. Erica B.
    December 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Oooh I have always wanted to make gnocchi from scratch but working til 23:30hrs til Christmas makes homemade pasta a pipe dream. Glad to hear store bought is a good stand in.

    Thanks as always for sharing 🙂

  2. Julianne (Kitchen Ninja)
    December 14, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Fantastic! When I make gnocchi, I try to make BIG batches, since it’s so time-consuming, and I happen to have some in the freezer. I’ll be giving this a try later this week.

    You inspire so many of our meals around here that I could be marked as your stalker. 🙂

  3. Sue. D
    December 14, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Browned butter and crusty bits! All of life should be so good.

  4. allison
    December 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Peppino’s in Kensington sells homemade frozen gnocchi that’s really yummy. 🙂

  5. Jan @ Family Bites
    December 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Mmm…sounds perfectly comforting for these cold and dark days.

  6. molly
    December 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    You can make this for me any day of the week. Thanks.

  7. Mushrooms Canada
    December 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    First of all… YUM!! Secondly I love sweet potatoes, gnocchi and mushrooms, so seeing them in a recipe all together just made my day!
    – Brittany

  8. Doréus
    December 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Here I go, following your inspiration. Thanks! It was delicious.

  9. Jennifer
    December 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I made this for dinner. It was delicious!!!

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