Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squash, Corn & Tomatoes

Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squash, Corn, & Tomatoes is a great quick and easy weeknight meal and is especially delicious during the summertime when produce is at it’s peak! I can’t get enough of this Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squas…

Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squash, Corn, & Tomatoes is a great quick and easy weeknight meal and is especially delicious during the summertime when produce is at it’s peak! I can’t get enough of this Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squash, Corn, and Tomatoes dish. It is comforting and delicious, but also filled with lots of…

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Sheet Pan Sausage Gnocchi

This Sheet Pan Sausage Gnocchi has all the classic Italian flavors your family loves! Sausage, marinara, and cheese make this a delicious weeknight dish. Sheet Pan Gnocchi Whenever I share a sheet pan dinner or pasta bake recipe I get requests for more…

This Sheet Pan Sausage Gnocchi has all the classic Italian flavors your family loves! Sausage, marinara, and cheese make this a delicious weeknight dish. Sheet Pan Gnocchi Whenever I share a sheet pan dinner or pasta bake recipe I get requests for more! You guys love easy dinners and I totally get it because we…

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Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter and pepper make the tastiest weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest. Dinner in 15 minutes? Oh yes. Alex and I have a new trick we’ve been dying to share with you: our Creamy Gnocchi Sauce! It takes just minutes to make the sauce, and the gnocchi boil up in 3 minutes. The flavor? It tastes like the fanciest ever mac and cheese: but takes literally no effort at all. We modeled it after one of our favorite Italian recipes, Cacio e Pepe pasta (literally “cheese and pepper pasta” in Italian). Our version uses gnocchi pasta and it’s simply to die for. Alex and I curled up with bowls of this comfort food on the couch on a rainy evening and it was pretty much perfection! Secrets to the fastest gnocchi sauce So, back to that Cacio e Pepe. Alex and I had this famous simple pasta dish in Rome and fell in love. It’s a sauce made with Pecorino Romano cheese, a hard cheese that’s like Parmesan on steroids. It’s so savory and salty, you barely need to use salt with it! In traditional Cacio e Pepe, […]

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This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter and pepper make the tastiest weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest.

Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Dinner in 15 minutes? Oh yes. Alex and I have a new trick we’ve been dying to share with you: our Creamy Gnocchi Sauce! It takes just minutes to make the sauce, and the gnocchi boil up in 3 minutes. The flavor? It tastes like the fanciest ever mac and cheese: but takes literally no effort at all. We modeled it after one of our favorite Italian recipes, Cacio e Pepe pasta (literally “cheese and pepper pasta” in Italian). Our version uses gnocchi pasta and it’s simply to die for. Alex and I curled up with bowls of this comfort food on the couch on a rainy evening and it was pretty much perfection!

Easy Gnocchi Sauce

Secrets to the fastest gnocchi sauce

So, back to that Cacio e Pepe. Alex and I had this famous simple pasta dish in Rome and fell in love. It’s a sauce made with Pecorino Romano cheese, a hard cheese that’s like Parmesan on steroids. It’s so savory and salty, you barely need to use salt with it! In traditional Cacio e Pepe, you’ll make the sauce with just Pecorino cheese, pepper, butter and pasta water. Then you’ll serve it over spaghetti.

For a twist on this classic concept, here we’ve used gnocchi instead: those doughy pasta balls that are a little like tiny dumplings. Let me tell you: this creamy Pecorino sauce is truly incredible with gnocchi! It’s amazing that 3 simple ingredients come together into this most flavorful, creamy sauce. Here are the secrets to the sauce:

  • Use Pecorino Romano cheese (a must!). You can’t get away with Parmesan here: Pecorino is essential for the flavor. You can find it at most grocery stores near the Parmesan.
  • Save that pasta water. Here, using the water the pasta was cooked in lends a creamy body to the sauce. Along with butter, it’s essential for making the right consistency, so don’t forget to save it out!
  • Use a healthy dose of black pepper. Using 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper might seem like a lot, but the sauce doesn’t come out too spicy: we promise! It brings in the final element of the flavoring.
Gnocchi Sauce

Serving this gnocchi with creamy sauce

All you need to do to serve this gnocchi sauce is garnish: we suggest a little more Pecorino Romano cheese. If you’d like to bring in a little color, you can add chopped fresh herbs like basil, thyme or oregano. But it’s really not needed at all (honestly, we just did it to make the photo look happier!).

Some nights all we want to eat is doughy balls of goodness in a creamy gnocchi sauce. But to make it a balanced meal (which, would probably be good too!), here a few side dishes we recommend pairing with it:

Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Other fast & easy weeknight dinners

Alex and I love creating easy weeknight dinners for you, because let’s face it: it’s really hard to find them! And it’s hard to find “one size fits all” type of dinners: every person and family has different tastes, diets, and definitions of the word “easy”.

But we think this one is pretty darn fast and easy, if we might say so ourselves! Here are a few more of our favorite go-to easy weeknight dinners for when we’re in a rush:

This gnocchi sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten free, use Gluten Free Gnocchi.

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Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4

Description

This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter, and pepper make the tastiest easy weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest.


Ingredients

  •  1 pound packaged gnocchi (for gluten-free, use gluten free gnocchi)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil, seasoned with about 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and boil until they float, about 2 to 3 minutes. Save out 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the gnocchi and keep it in the strainer while you quickly make the sauce.
  3. Melt the butter with the pepper and heat it for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and heat for 1 minute.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into gnocchi pan and add the Pecorino cheese. Stir for a minute until a creamy sauce forms. Add the gnocchi and serve warm, garnished with more Pecorino.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta

Keywords: Gnocchi Sauce, Gnocchi, Fast Dinner, Fast Dinner Idea, Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Gnocchi & Cauliflower Casserole

This cozy cauliflower casserole is filled with chewy gnocchi pasta pillows and Parmesan cheese, and it’s seriously easy to make. Double win! If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessed with cauliflower. Ten years ago we didn’t even have the know-how to consider the words obsessed and cauliflower in the same sentence. But fast forward to today, and cauliflower has gotten a major makeover. The internet and cookbooks are brimming with delectable recipes like buffalo cauliflower bites and cauliflower risotto. Turns out, cauliflower is cool again. This cauliflower casserole is a recipe from the most gorgeous new cookbook, The Forest Feast Mediterranean, and goodness does it make this humble veggie tastier than ever. And this book: well, it’s one of our favorites all year. Keep reading for the recipe and more about the book! About the book: The Forest Feast Mediterranean The Forest Feast: Mediterranean is the latest in a series of cookbooks by our dear pal Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast. Erin moved to a cabin in the woods and started creating vegetarian recipes and painting layouts of the recipes. It was so unique and gorgeous that people all over the internet took note, which led to her first […]

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This cozy cauliflower casserole is filled with chewy gnocchi pasta pillows and Parmesan cheese, and it’s seriously easy to make. Double win!

Cauliflower casserole

If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessed with cauliflower. Ten years ago we didn’t even have the know-how to consider the words obsessed and cauliflower in the same sentence. But fast forward to today, and cauliflower has gotten a major makeover. The internet and cookbooks are brimming with delectable recipes like buffalo cauliflower bites and cauliflower risotto. Turns out, cauliflower is cool again. This cauliflower casserole is a recipe from the most gorgeous new cookbook, The Forest Feast Mediterranean, and goodness does it make this humble veggie tastier than ever. And this book: well, it’s one of our favorites all year. Keep reading for the recipe and more about the book!

Forest Feast Mediterranean Cookbook

About the book: The Forest Feast Mediterranean

The Forest Feast: Mediterranean is the latest in a series of cookbooks by our dear pal Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast. Erin moved to a cabin in the woods and started creating vegetarian recipes and painting layouts of the recipes. It was so unique and gorgeous that people all over the internet took note, which led to her first book The Forest Feast. Now she’s back with another book and it’s truly a jaw-dropping masterpiece. The Forest Feast: Mediterranean chronicles a trip Erin took through Europe with her two young children! You might remember Alex and I took Larson on a much shorter dream trip to Italy, Croatia and Spain around the same time, so Erin capturing this region we love so dearly makes this book extremely personal to us as well.

The book has 100 vegetarian recipes and lush illustrations that transport you to this beautiful part of the world. Whether it’s this cauliflower casserole from Italy or patatas bravas from Spain, the artwork conveys so much of the feeling of the place, we feel like we can save the money on plane tickets just by cooking from this book. It’s a fantastic coffee table book, and at the same time a practical cooking manual for fresh, veggie-forward Mediterranean recipes.

Get the book: The Forest Feast: Mediterranean

PS If you’re into travel and food, check out our Travel page for more inspiration. And if you’re considering venturing out with toddlers, read our Traveling with Toddlers: A Survival Guide page.

Gnocchi & Cauliflower Casserole

Why make this cauliflower casserole?

This cheesy cauliflower casserole is cozy and flavored with Parmesan cheese. The best part? Chewy gnocchi pillows are mixed in with the cauliflower, making for a surprising mix of satisfying bites.

Gnocchi are a pasta that are soft dough dumplings, typically made of potato and flour. You can find packaged gnocchi next to the pasta in most grocery stories and MAN are they good. We make gnocchi often: our 15-minute gnocchi with romesco is a quick dinner, and our baked gnocchi is a fall crowd pleaser. It’s also great in soups: our Italian gnocchi soup and tomato basil gnocchi soup are favorites.

Cauliflower casserole

Tips on this cauliflower casserole

Before you head to the recipe below (because we suggest you do!), a few notes on this cauliflower casserole to consider:

  • It’s light and comforting, not heavy and cheesy. When we saw “Cauliflower casserole” in Erin’s book we imagined it would be super gooey and heavy, like mac and cheese. But after making it, it surprised us: it was much lighter than we expected! The Parmesan cheese isn’t a gooey sauce but rather a flavoring throughout. It was different than we originally thought, but very satisfying!
  • The portions are moderate if serving as a main. If you eat vegetarian and want to eat this as a main dish, we easily polished this off between Alex, my sister and I and had room to spare. So make sure to serve it with several sides. Or double the recipe! You can also serve this as a side dish, in which case it easily makes 4 servings.
  • It’s a crowd pleaser! Our 2 year old saw this and exclaimed “mac and cheese!” He proceeded to eat the cauliflower just as if it was the pasta.Because both the pasta and cauliflower are white, it gives the allusion of mac and cheese.

How to cut cauliflower into florets

Do you know the best way to cut cauliflower? Alex and I use a genius method for cutting cauliflower that doesn’t end up with crumbles all over the counter! (Anyone have that issue?) We use this method all the time, like when we make our crispy cauliflower tacos or our party favorite buffalo cauliflower. Using this method really changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Above is a quick video of me cutting cauliflower in our kitchen to show you how to do it!

Cauliflower Casserole

This cauliflower casserole recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free gnocchi.

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Cauliflower casserole

Gnocchi & Cauliflower Casserole


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

This cozy cauliflower casserole is filled with chewy gnocchi pasta pillows and Parmesan cheese, and it’s seriously easy to make.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 17-ounce package gnocchi
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets.
  2. In a large pot of water, boil the cauliflower for 3 minutes, then throw in the gnocchi. Cook for 2 more minutes or until the gnocchi floats, then turn the burner off and strain everything.
  3. Put the cauliflower and gnocchi back in the hot pot and stir in 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese plus the butter, olive oil, several grinds of black pepper and a few pinches of kosher salt until the flavor pops.
  4. Spread the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on top, plus a bit more salt and pepper.
  5. Boil for 3 minutes until the top is golden.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Cauliflower Casserole, Gnocchi Casserole, Vegetarian Casserole

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