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Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce
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Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Browned Butter Sage Sauce

With a crisp exterior and a pillowy soft center, pan-seared gnocchi with a browned butter sage sauce is about as close to heaven as I’ve gotten with a fork.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 32 oz Gnocchi bonus if made from scratch
  • 4 tablespoon butter divided
  • Salt


  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 20 leaves large fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon . finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Boil the gnocchi in salted water until it floats.
  • Remove with slotted spoon and let water drip off.
  • Working in batches, melt butter 1 tablespoon at a time in a large skillet and add gnocchi to form a single layer in pan. (Plan for about 4 batches)
  • Ensure gnocchi is coated in butter and let sit and brown for a couple minutes.
  • Turn the gnocchi and let the other side brown as well.
  • Set off to the side and keep warm while you finish remaining batches.


  • Add 8 tablespoon of butter in pan and add the sage leaves when butter is almost all melted.
  • Stir occasionally till leaves are crisp and butter is brown.
  • Pour over gnocchi.
  • Serve topped with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.