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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli

Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli

Brown butta…say it with me now!

Is there anything better in this world than browned butter?

No, I didn’t think so. It’s sort of magical really. And it makes every dish 100 times better. Though I have typically only used it in baking, I have been wanting to use it in more savory dishes.

Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli

Brown butter is wonderful on so many dishes, but it is just ridiculously good on this gnocchi and broccoli. I love gnocchi. Those soft little pillows of potatoes are bites of heaven. Gnocchi is usually pretty filling for me, but I just couldn’t stop eating this dish! It was that addictive. Gnocchi is a blank slate for any type of sauce so obviously brown butter is the perfect match. And another thing about browned butter is that because of that perfect flavor, you really don’t need a lot of it for your dish to taste good. I threw a bunch of broccoli on top for good measure too. If you throw a bunch of broccoli on top, then that totally negates the brown butter all together. Right? I’m right, right?! If you want to be even better, toss in some spinach or your other favorite veggies. You could also add chicken if desired.

Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli

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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 (16-ounce) packages prepared gnocchi
  • 5 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbs. pine nuts, toasted
  • shaved or grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan


  1. Prepare the gnocchi according to the package instructions. During the last minute of cooking, add in the broccoli. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the butter has browned, stirring constantly.
  3. Add in the gnocchi, garlic, broccoli, and black pepper. Toss until the gnocchi is well-coated in the brown butter sauce. Sprinkle some of the cheese on top and serve!

Calories per serving: 368

Recipe from Cooking Light

Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli


17 Responses to “Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli”

  1. #
    Ramona — January 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Who doesn’t love a little butta!! YUM!! This looks scrumptious. :)

  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Nice simple recipe! I love it! The brown butta with gnocchi! Yum!! Now i want me some gnocchi and broccoli! Have a great weekend!

  3. #
    tijuana (po' man meals) — January 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    i LOVE gnocchi. i am the only one that eats it in my house, but that’s alright cause there is more for me! genius idea pairing it with browned butter. sounds so good.

  4. #
    Ashley — January 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Oh man, this sounds so good right now! I can’t get enough of pasta these days… might have something to do with the freezing cold weather!

  5. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Gnocchi is the best. Ever.

  6. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    You had me at brown butter!

    Love the simplicity of this dish too – perfect for weeknight meals!

  7. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — January 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    No. I’m not sure there is anything better than brown buttah indeed!

  8. #
    Kim Bee — January 26, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Butta butta butta, love brown butta. This recipe is freaking gorgeous.

  9. #
    CCU — January 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Simple and delicious dinner my friend :D


  10. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — January 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Talk about a warm comforting dinner. Yes please!

  11. #
    Honey What's Cooking — January 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    you have a gorgeous blog.. love the name and the site. oh, i love brown butta.. especially in desserts… it’s so good. :-)

  12. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 28, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Gnocchi is the best! I can only imagine how good it would taste with browned butter!

  13. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    No, there is nothing better than brown butter. I love baking with it. This sounds absolutely delicious.

  14. #
    JulieD — January 29, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Maybe cookies with brown butter? haha I love this – and totally agree with you, totally in love with brown butter ANYTHING!

  15. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — January 29, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I have somehow never had gnocchi – I clearly need to change that! Love the browned butta!

  16. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I love gnocchi! this look amazing. I am totally stalking your blog right now! :) I am really glad I found you. I am already a fan!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

      Haha! Stalk away! Glad you stopped by!

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