4-Ingredient Pumpkin Gnocchi with Garlic and Sage Butter Sauce

September 27, 2019

Entree

By: Jasmine Briones 

Learn how to make this 4-ingredient vegan pumpkin gnocchi with less than an hour of your time! It a great recipe for fall dinners and is perfect for adults and kids alike! Plus, it’s a fun recipe to get the whole family involved in making.

Vegan pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter sauce on a white plate with a fork and vegan parmesan cheese

Happy Fall ya’ll!  Jasmine here bringing you the first pumpkin recipe of the year, and it’s a good one!

Chris’ parents were in town last week and man did we spend a lot of time with them in the kitchen! I come from a different cultural background than them, so I always learn so much when we spend time together. While they were here, we made eggplant rollatini, a pasta dish that inspired our sheet pan pasta with roasted red pepper sauce, and lastly, this  incredible pumpkin gnocchi with a garlic sage butter sauce.

Ingredients for pumpkin gnocchi laid out on aa ceramic plate

This was my first time making gnocchi and definitely not my last! I was surprised by how easy it was to make and how fun it was to roll up! I felt as excited as I did as a kid when we would make cut out sugar cookies with my momma. Chris’ mom showed me the ropes when it comes to making gnocchi and I hope that I do her justice with this recipe.

Gnocchi dough is actually very simple, especially when made vegan. The only 4 ingredients that are necessary for this dough are pumpkin, mashed potato, flour and salt!

step by step instructions on how to make gnocchi

Once you have mixed and kneaded the dough, we have found the best way to form the gnocchi is to first form the dough into a roughly 1/2 to 1-inch tall rectangle/loaf and them cut it into slices horizontally. Roll each of these slices into a rope about 1/2″ in diameter, and then cut those ropes into your gnocchi!

You can either cook the gnocchi as is or create ridges on them with a fork or gnocchi board. You can do this by placing the gnocchi on the top of the fork or board and pressing it/rolling it down with your thumb. Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a the cutting board and lightly dust them with flour. Set aside.

Vegan pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter sauce on a white plate with a fork and vegan parmesan cheese

We topped ours with homemade vegan parmesan and fresh black pepper, yum!

Vegan pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter sauce on a white plate with a fork and vegan parmesan cheese

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Vegan pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter sauce on a white plate with a fork and vegan parmesan cheese

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Gnocchi with Garlic and Sage Butter Sauce


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

Learn how to make this 4-ingredient vegan pumpkin gnocchi with less than an hour of your time! It a great recipe for fall dinners and is perfect for adults and kids alike! Plus, it’s a fun recipe to get the whole family involved in making.


Ingredients

Pumpkin Gnocchi

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour * (see notes)
  • 1 large russet (baking) potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Garlic Sage Butter Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 20 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

To Serve

  • Black pepper
  • Vegan Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes into a medium pot, cover them with 2-inches of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until they are easily pierced with a fork, about 20-30 minutes. Drain (being sure to reserve about 1/4 cup of the starchy water) and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Using a potato ricer on the finest setting (or a boxed grater or a potato masher), mash the potatoes until very finely broken down and smooth. Measure out 3/4 cup (packed) potatoes and save any remaining potatoes for future use.
  3. Flour a clean work surface and place the mashed potatoes on it. Sift on the all purpose flour and add in the pumpkin and salt. Mix everything together with floured hands until a smooth dough is formed, adding additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time if the dough is too wet or 1 tablespoon of the reserved starchy water at a time if the dough is too dry. Keep in mind that the dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
  4. Once the dough is smooth, knead it for 30 seconds to a minute or until soft, being sure not to overwork the dough.
  5. Form the dough into a roughly 1/2 to 1-inch tall rectangle/loaf and cut it into slices horizontally. Roll each of these slices into a rope about 1/2″ in diameter, and then cut those ropes into your gnocchi! You can make the gnocchi whatever size you would like, ours were about 1/2” in length. Lightly dust work surface with flour between each rope as needed.
  6. You can either cook the gnocchi as is or create ridges on them with a fork or gnocchi board. You can do this by placing the gnocchi on the top of the fork or board and pressing it/rolling it down with your thumb. Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a cutting board and lightly dust them with flour. Set aside.
  7. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  8. Prepare the sauce. Place a medium skillet over medium heat and add in the vegan butter. Once the vegan butter has melted, allow it to cook in the pan for about 3-4 minutes. Add in the sage and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from heat.
  9. When the large pot of water comes to a boil, add in the gnocchi and stir to prevent them from sticking. Boil until they float to the top of the water, and then allow them to sit for an additional 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon or a colander, scoop out the cooked gnocchi and place them into the other pan with the butter sauce. Place the pan back over medium heat and crisp up the gnocchi in the butter sauce for a few minutes.
  10. Serve with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan and a crack of fresh black pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

  • We have also tested this recipe with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free all purpose flour and it worked well! We do prefer the regular AP flour as it yielded a better/fluffier result.
  • This gnocchi can also be served with marinara or vegan alfredo sauce!
  • Category: Entree, Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegan

Keywords: Italian, Vegan, Stovetop, Entree, Pasta. Gnocchi, Pumpkin, Fall

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Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. Wow! Thank you dor this post! This recipe is perfect for autumn. I thought this would be hard to make, but it was actually pretty easy. I think I will make them again and again =)

  2. Gloria Falco says:

    I’m eating soft diet & these were perfect for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  3. Ava Fedorov says:

    These look amazing!! Thank you for sharing. Question: once I am done making the gnocchi but before boiling them, will they last for a few days in the fridge? Or do you recommend boiling them and then setting them aside and warming them in the butter sauce before serving?

  4. Susan says:

    These gnocchi were perfect and my non vegan husband loved them, too. I just seasoned with the pepper and vegan parm as you recommended and it was to die for. Will definitely make again.

  5. Natalie says:

    When you say pumpkin purée, it’s this pumpkin that has been boiled and blended?

  6. mary says:

    Oh my goodness these look so good! Love the flavors 🙂

  7. Mary says:

    These are delicious! If I am making ahead of time and freezing, how does that change cooking times? Thanks!

    • Chris Petrellese says:

      Hey Mary,

      We aren’t exactly sure how the cooking time will change, but the process will remain the same in the sense that that the gnocchi will be fully cooked once they float to the top of the pot when boiling. Hope this helps 🙂

  8. Kaitlyn says:

    I made these along with you during the livestream. I only had a potato masher and used the fork method so I was a little nervous they wouldn’t turn out because there were still some lumps in the potatoes but they turned out great! I’m glad you decided on this recipe for the livestream because this isn’t something I would have chosen for myself. I will definitely be making these again and I am looking forward to your next livestream!

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