Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce.

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I love gnocchi.  Always have.  It was the one pasta I always ordered when we went out to dinner with my family as a child and now even as an adult.  Funny, now my kids love it too!  I thought I would mix it up and not make the traditional red sauce and opted to do a brown butter sage sauce.  I have a ton of sage in my garden that I want to use it before the chilly weather takes it away from me.  The pasta, using whole wheat flour, definitely yielded a heavier gnocchi versus a traditional all-purpose flour that is lighter and airier so I will leave that up to you.  Buon appetito!

Ingredients:

8 oz part skim ricotta cheese
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 c freshly grated Grana Padana
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 3/4 -2 c white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour

Directions:

In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment on, combine all of the ingredients through the garlic powder.  Then you will add 1 3/4 cups of the flour.  If the mixture is still too sticky, add the additional 1/4 cup.

Then remove the dough and place on a floured surface.  Divide it into 4ths.  Take the first ball of dough and work it into a snake shape about 1/2 inch thick.  Slice into 1/2 inch pieces.  If you have a gnocchi board, run the dough down the board to achieve the gnocchi shape with the groves.  If not, roll the dough down the tines of a fork.  You will get the hang of it the more you do it.

I place the rolled out gnocchi on a cookie sheet.  You can either freeze (then after about an hour bag them to freeze for a longer duration), store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook and cook immediately.  In a large Dutch oven, fill about 3/4th of the way filled (you should always boil pasta in a large amount of salted water) and gently place the gnocchi in the boiling water.  Don’t overcrowd and work in batches.  When they float to the top, they are done.

Sauce:

4 tablespoons of the best quality butter you can find.
12 fresh sage leaves

Directions:

In a sauce pan melt your butter over low heat.  Keep cooking it until the butter turns a lovely tan/brown color – avoid burning.  Then remove from the heat and add the sage leaves.  Toss over the cooked gnocchi and serve immediately.  Season as needed.

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— Knead to Cook

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