gnocchi w. brown butter sauce

July 13, 2011 § 31 Comments

surprisingly, this is a really simple recipe to make! but it involves butter, so if you’re afraid to use butter you can’t make this dish. well, you probably could, but it would never taste quite as delectable. my version was adapted from giada de laurentiis’s recipe found here. i’ve simplified it a bit in the sense that i don’t attempt to make my gnocchi from scratch, i’m definitely okay with using the packaged pasta. the sauce is like silk and melts in your mouth and your teeth sort of sink into these little pillows of heaven. please, if you ever experiment with any recipe, try this one!

ingredients: {serves 1}
• 1 cup of mini gnocchi pasta
• 2 T unsalted butter {room temperature}
• 1 to 2 T to taste, pure maple syrup
• cinnamon {a few shakes to taste}
• 1 t extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 T to taste, brown sugar
• pinch of salt and cracked black pepper
• pinch of herbs de provence
• basil to garnish

to do:
bring water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions. to make the sauce, melt the butter and olive oil in a skillet, careful not to burn the butter. once the butter has bubbled slightly, turn off the heat and add in the rest of the ingredients. stir to incorporate. pour the sauce carefully over the cooked pasta, garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately. enjoy!

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