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Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage Recipe

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Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage Recipe

Introduction

In this delectable recipe, we will explore the culinary wonders of Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage. If you’re looking for a hearty and comforting dish that marries the earthy sweetness of butternut squash with the savory delight of sausage, you’re in for a treat. This dish is perfect for those cozy family dinners or special occasions. Let’s dive into the flavors and textures that make this dish a crowd-pleaser.

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Ingredients

For the Gnocchi:

  • 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Creamy Sauce:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sausage:

  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

Making the Gnocchi:

  1. Boil the butternut squash until it’s soft and easily mashed. Drain and let it cool.
  2. Mash the butternut squash into a smooth puree and transfer it to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the egg, flour, salt, and pepper to the puree. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Roll the dough into long ropes and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Create ridges on the gnocchi using a fork.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface, indicating they are ready. Drain and set aside.

Preparing the Creamy Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  2. Pour in the heavy cream and bring it to a gentle simmer. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until the sauce thickens.
  3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking the Sausage:

  1. In a separate pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent.
  2. Add the Italian sausage and break it into crumbles while cooking. Stir in the minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the sausage is browned and cooked through.

Bringing It All Together:

  1. Combine the cooked gnocchi with the creamy sauce, tossing gently to coat.
  2. Serve the creamy butternut squash gnocchi in individual plates, topping each serving with the savory sausage mixture.
  3. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

Why Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage?

A Fusion of Flavors

The creamy butternut squash gnocchi with sausage combines the rich, velvety texture of butternut squash with the bold, savory notes of Italian sausage. The result is a flavorful masterpiece that will tantalize your taste buds.

Comfort Food at Its Best

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This dish is the epitome of comfort food. It warms your heart and soul with its creamy, cheesy goodness. Perfect for those chilly evenings or when you need a comforting meal.

Homemade Goodness

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Creating this dish from scratch allows you to savor the satisfaction of homemade cooking. You’ll know exactly what’s going into your food, and the effort is well worth the reward.

Tips for Success

  • Use fresh butternut squash for the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t overmix the gnocchi dough; a light touch ensures a delicate result.
  • Adjust the level of red pepper flakes to suit your spice preference in the sausage.

Conclusion

Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage is a culinary adventure that brings together the sweet and savory in one harmonious dish. It’s a testament to the joys of cooking and the pleasure of sharing a home-cooked meal with loved ones. Try this recipe, and you’ll have a new favorite for those special occasions.

FAQs

  1. Can I use pre-packaged gnocchi for this recipe?

    While it’s possible to use pre-packaged gnocchi, making your own from scratch is highly recommended for the best flavor and texture.

  2. Is this dish suitable for vegetarians?

    You can adapt the recipe for vegetarians by using plant-based sausage and substituting vegetable broth for the sausage cooking step.

  3. Can I prepare the sauce in advance?

    Yes, you can prepare the creamy sauce in advance and reheat it when you’re ready to serve the dish.

  4. What can I serve as a side with this dish?

    A simple green salad or garlic bread is an excellent choice to complement the Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage.

  5. Can I freeze leftovers for later?

    Yes, you can freeze any leftover gnocchi and sauce. Just make sure to store them in airtight containers for the best results.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage Recipe

Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

In this delectable recipe, we will explore the culinary wonders of Creamy Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sausage. If you're looking for a hearty and comforting dish that marries the earthy sweetness of butternut squash with the savory delight of sausage, you're in for a treat. This dish is perfect for those cozy family dinners or special occasions. Let's dive into the flavors and textures that make this dish a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Italian sausage casings removed (I used 3 sausage links)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 oz potato gnocchi
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Remove sausage from casings and slice it.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat in a large, high-sided skillet.

  • Add sliced sausage and cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes on one side, without turning, to get the sausage slices browned. Flip over to the other side and cook for 2 more minutes.

  • To the same skillet with sausage, add uncooked potato gnocchi, heavy cream, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil on medium heat and stir everything well. Cover with lid, and allow the gnocchi to cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, while the sauce boils.

  • To the same pan with gnocchi and sausage, add butternut squash puree, and minced garlic. Bring the sauce to a boil on medium heat, reduce to low-medium heat, stir everything well. Cook for about 3 or more minutes. Make sure the gnocchi are cooked through, the garlic is cooked to your liking, and the sauce thickens. Cook longer if you would like a thicker sauce. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in half of the fresh sage and half of the fresh thyme. Season with salt and freshly ground coarse black pepper.

  • Tip: use your best judgment about the salt. If the sausage is salty enough, you might not need to add any extra salt.

  • When serving, top with the remaining half of the fresh sage and the remaining half of the fresh thyme.

Notes

  • The total cooking time does not include the time required for roasting the butternut squash and making the butternut squash puree.  I recommend that you do that in advance.
  • Because you will be roasting whole butternut squash, you will have more than you need (1 cup) for this recipe.  Refrigerate or freeze the leftover butternut squash puree in an airtight container.
  • If using dried thyme, use ½ teaspoon of dried thyme (not powdered) or ¼ teaspoon of powdered dried thyme.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 4
Amount Per ServingCalories 2782Total Fat 196gSaturated Fat 92gTrans Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 109gCholesterol 549mgSodium 3686mgCarbohydrates 164gFiber 14gSugar 20gProtein 93g

The information contained herein is subject to change.

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