Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts

  • kaykaypee Posted: 02/26/09
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    This was very quick, easy and delicious!!! The butter makes the dish taste rich. Served with a nice salad with white balsalmic vinigarette.

  • hollyzero Posted: 11/21/10
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    My husband and I's all time favorite recipe to make for a super quick, healthy, and delicious dinner!

  • DukeLaurie Posted: 02/02/09
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    I thought this recipe was extremely easy to make and VERY tasty. I followed the directions as written, but added some red pepper flakes for some spice. Highly recommended!

  • jenabfletcher Posted: 02/15/09
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    Loved it!

  • ktportland Posted: 06/01/09
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    This is really tasty. It tastes way more decadent than it is. I added a touch of grated nutmeg (I usually do when a recipe calls for spinach or other dark greens). I might add a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes next time when I add the garlic.

  • emrick14 Posted: 01/29/09
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    I give this 4 stars for the ease of preparation alone! There is barely any prep except chopping garlic. I did add some crumbled bits of bacon in here (since my boyfriend is very much against a meal without any meat) and I thought it brought a great saltiness to it. I would suggest though leaving out the salt in the water when boiling the gnocchi and also the bit of salt in the recipe so its not too salty. I will definitely make this again!

  • jlhwebgal Posted: 02/05/09
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    I really enjoyed the rich buttery and nutty flavors of this dish. Husband is a big fan of limp noodles slathered with red sauce but he said I could add this to my list of "keeper recipes". I also made the salad dressing in this recipe but found it needed a dash of balsamic for my taste.

  • falljunelaker Posted: 04/03/09
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    This was really, really good. My husband isn't a big fan of cooked spinach, so he wasn't looking forward to this one, but he really liked it, too. Definitely will repeat.

  • serahsilberfarb Posted: 02/03/09
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    It was really good but I thought it would be better as a side dish with some grilled Chicken. The tast was great even the kids ate it.

  • LisaLMF Posted: 01/30/09
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    Oh, wow! I just made this for dinner, salad included, and we love it. I, too, added bacon and for the same reason, and also substituted walnut pieces for the pine nuts for the sake of frugality. Very easy. Very tasty. Will happily and proudly make again for casual company and for every/any day.

  • Rigatoni Posted: 04/20/09
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    I love gnocchi! This recipe is good as is, but then I found some tomato and mozzarella filled gnocchi. The sweet tomato didn't mesh very well with the rest so I used only 2 tsp pine nuts and 1.5 tsp garlic. The directions for the gnocchi called for frying in butter, so I put them in with the pine nuts right away. I might wait a minute or so before throwing them in, they got a little mushy - or maybe take them out before adding the spinach...but it was excellent!

  • atlantissg Posted: 01/20/09
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    I thought this was just ok. I thought it was a tad bit too spinach-y- especially since gnocchi is so gooey anyway, I felt like there needed to be something else in the recipe, texture wise, besides chewy gnocchi and wilted spinach. The pine nuts added some crunch, but not enough.

  • CherylT Posted: 01/27/09
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    I thought this recipe was delicious. Although I love spinach, I used only about 1/2 of what is called for in the recipe because I didn't want to use it all up. Without the extra spinach, the recipe fed just 3 people rather than 4. I will definitely make this again. Super easy and very tasty.

  • Emily676 Posted: 07/13/09
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    I made this for a special occasion, and everyone in my family loved this! It seems so gourmet and fancy, but it's so easy to prepare. I didn't use the full amount of butter. I made this as a side dish to accompany filet mignon. I just starting cooking about a year ago, and this goes on the list of one of my all-time favorite meals!

  • cookingmouse Posted: 05/28/09
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    This was sooooo good and easy. I can't wait to make it again. I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. It was simple to make and tasted wonderful.

  • roadragedesigns Posted: 04/26/09
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    Easy to make and great for a quick dinner! I've also made it for guests because it has a great presentation

  • Capellla Posted: 10/05/10
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    So So So So SO easy! I love this recipe because it is delicious and simple. I added walnuts in addition to the pine nuts because I didn't have enough, and they are quite expensive. I served with a salad and walnut bread. The only thing I recommend is doubling the recipe... it might be enough for 3 people, but it's definitely not enough for 4 as a main dish.

  • kateford Posted: 10/13/09
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    This might be one of my favorite recipes EVER!!! It is so easy to make, too! I make as a main dish, tonight I'm adding some pancetta, it should be wonderful. My in-laws absolutely loved it and it is my husbands favorite! I serve with a side salad.

  • KyleLA Posted: 02/19/09
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    This a keeper recipe that has become one of our regular weeknight recipes. It really could not be easier to throw together at the end of a long day, and it tastes like more work than it is. The flavor is great, nutty brown butter and garlic. I would also consider this for an impromptu dinner party where I had to whip up something quickly.

  • aladren Posted: 01/18/09
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    I let my entire high school class taste this and all the kids wanted the recipe. Need I say more?

  • creamcheese Posted: 02/03/09
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    OMG this was sooo good. I made it according to the recipe and it was ridiculously tasty. I did add red pepper though. Next time I will use pumpkin gnocchi for additional nutrition. Yummy!

  • BethMo8 Posted: 02/09/09
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    I really enjoyed this recipe. It was very light and tasteful.

  • Ltoeat Posted: 02/10/09
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    This was okay, I thought it was too greasy and would reduce the butter amount by 1TBS and add 1/4 Cup more cheese. I don't like pine nuts, I used walnuts instead. It was easy to make and nutritious.

  • twoloves Posted: 01/08/09
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    This was such a great meal for a super quick week night meal. The brown butter and garlic just "pop" in this. So good...

  • Ilovetoeat Posted: 01/14/09
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    This was absolutely delish! I would definitely make it again. It's delicious, nutritious and super quick and easy! I made it for friends with a simple salad and it was an absolute hit! We added some red pepper flakes for a little kick.

  • AmazingNW Posted: 01/19/09
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    i made this recipe EXACTLY as written and...it was pretty gross. there's very rarely a recipe i don't like but this was just really bad.

  • cookfromsocal Posted: 05/01/10
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    I've never had gnocchi before and was pleasantly surprised. This was delicious and so easy to put together. I used walnuts instead of pine nuts and my package of spinach was 8 ounces instead of the 10. Next time will use the 10 ou. as there was more gnocchi than spinach left over. A definite repeat.

  • bubby427 Posted: 03/25/09
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    Very tasty, healthy, and easy!

  • lovegoodfood22 Posted: 01/17/09
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    Really good. Followed the recipe exactly and it seems richer/worst for you than it really is. Delicious! A quick weeknight meal and not much cleanup. I did have to cook the butter and pine nuts a minute or two longer than the recipe stated.

  • Hollypop Posted: 02/23/11
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    Very good and easy to make. Made exactly as listed. The pine nuts added nice flavor and crunch.

  • CharmCityCook Posted: 02/08/09
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    Loved this meal. Made as directed, except used one 6 oz bag of baby spinach, since I had it on hand. So easy, so delicious. My only complaint was that my husband and I easily finished it all off -- can't see it serving four at all. That probably nixed the "light" part for us, but it was wonderful! ;-)

  • dbs959 Posted: 02/12/09
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    We enjoyed this recipe, but we had to

  • kads65 Posted: 02/04/09
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    Loved this recipe! I made it last night and it was quick, easy and delicious! My husband really liked it. I passed the recipe out to everyone at work to make. Very tasty. The longest part of making this was boiling the water for the gnocchi!

  • InSeason Posted: 02/03/09
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    Even my kids loved it. I had to double the recipe at the last minute to host a surprise guest and threw in some tortellini in addition to the one package of gnocchi I had. It worked quite well and added a little taste/texture interest I think. I also liked the look of the tri-color gnocchi in this recipe.

  • cyclone44 Posted: 07/13/10
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    Love this recipe! Super fast and great way to get kids to eat spinach. I add some crumbled bacon to it to give it a little smokey flavor.

  • charmedarm Posted: 02/21/09
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    loved! very easy!

  • erwin22 Posted: 02/10/09
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    This was so easy to make and the flavors were outstanding together. I will absolutely make this again and again!

  • goodliving Posted: 03/29/09
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    I like to try new recipes constantly, but this one is so good I've made it 4 times in the last month. Super easy and delicious. I made it the first time with the gnocchi but my kids aren't big fans so the last few times I've used spinach ravioli. So easy on a weeknight.

  • goosesc Posted: 07/18/10
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    Very good. Not saucy but the gnocchi and the toasted pine nuts make it smell and taste delicious--great for a cooler night.

  • mrsrogo Posted: 04/16/09
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    Such a good example of how simple ingredients can make for an outstanding dish! A wonderfully flavorful, super quick dinner for a weeknight. The only change I made was I used about 3 Tbsp. butter because I had that much left. Fantastic!

  • yummyumm1 Posted: 06/22/09
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    Meal did not taste fresh, or delicious. Too buttery. Takes over the other flavors.

  • LauraLeigh8 Posted: 12/09/09
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    I had never tried gnocchi before so wasn't really sure what to expect. Wow! This dish was absolutely fantastic! I did alter the recipe just a bit by using half the spinach and adding one cup of diced ham, but it's the brown butter and pine nuts that really make this a stand out. There is nothing about this recipe that tastes light. Maybe that's why I thought it was so delicious.

  • justine1585 Posted: 12/21/09
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    This is one of my absolute favorite go-to recipes during the week. It is delicious and very easy to prepare. It might seem like alot of spinach, but it wilts down to the perfect amount. I make it exactly as-is then just serve with a salad. If you have not tried gnocchi before, you have got to try this recipe!

  • JessicaLuu Posted: 06/07/10
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    I love gnocchi, and this dish really lets them shine. Not super substantial as a meal on its own for more than one person, but you could easily pair this with grilled chicken or fish. It's so easy to make, but make sure not to burn the butter and pine nuts. I find 3 minutes to be too long for that step.

  • SeattleMelanie Posted: 10/13/10
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    I agree this recipe is a smaller portion recipe, I double it for a family of 4 plus toddler. I also used Pumpkin Gnocchi I found at Cost Plus World Market for a nice change.

  • icook2please Posted: 12/19/10
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    YUM! Kids who don't like veges loved this dish and ate the spinach! I'm talking adult kids, lol! I doubled recipe and the leftovers were even better than the first night. Cannot wait to try again.

  • librarygirl6 Posted: 03/01/11
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    Somewhat bland, but an alright quick meal.

  • JackieRPh Posted: 06/14/11
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    I would make this for my boss's boss's boss. It is that good.

  • smottet7 Posted: 04/13/11
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    Very quick and easy. I added some Italian style tomatoes and doubled the garlic. Good choice for a weeknight meal.

  • sierraskyesmom Posted: 06/14/11
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    I just happened to have everything needed to make this last night, so we gave it a shot. It all came together very quickly and the flavor was good. You do need to take special care to watch the butter and pine nuts so they do not burn. This was a "Meatless Monday" recipe, but I do believe that in the future I would throw in a little pancetta or something to give it a little extra "oomph".

  • HannahCooks Posted: 06/16/11
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    Quick and delicious. You won't often find a better time-to-deliciousness ratio.

  • doctormom Posted: 06/21/11
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    This was a super easy recipe with very minimal prep time. I couldn't find fresh gnocci in my local store so I used stuffed tortellini. The tortellini overpowered the other flavors and that's why it was just an OK product. I think I'll try it again with home made gnocci. I'm sure it will be much better.

  • KER1117 Posted: 06/29/11
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    Fabulous. One of the few recipes where there is a perfect spinach to pasta ratio. This dish comes together so quickly and the payoff is delicious.

  • nevacation Posted: 06/28/11
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    This was Awesome!!!! It was so easy to make and tasted delicious!!!! I did not have pine nuts so they were not used. I would definitely make again with the pine nuts and maybe some pancetta or some other meat added to it.

  • laegnome Posted: 09/23/11
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    Tasty and EXTREMELY fast/easy. A good way to incorporate some healthy spinach into my diet...next time, I plan to use whole wheat gnocchi.

  • Bgbanana Posted: 06/19/12
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    This was great! First time I have tried gnocchi and loved it. Made it with the salad/dressing mentioned...also drank Sauvignon Blanc with it. Excellent and will make again.

  • jencobain Posted: 07/05/12
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    Didn't enjoy it. Ended up bringing a jar of marinara to the table to add to the bowls.

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 02/14/13
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    Amazing simple and quick, however this barely served 3 people much less 4. Full Review at http://www.dishoverdinner.com/2013/02/brown-butter-with-gnocchi-with-spinach.html#!/2013/02/brown-butter-with-gnocchi-with-spinach.html

  • daneanp Posted: 06/26/12
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    Very good and super simple to make. A great choice for a busy worknight dinner.

  • emloumar Posted: 08/23/12
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    Easy to make and delicious. I would be willing to serve this to guests for a casual dinner.

  • erikisst Posted: 08/27/12
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    Super easy and tasty. Didn't seem to make 4 cups. Maybe I didn't realize how much my BF actually ate? Either way, great weeknight meal. Salad and some crusty bread really rounds it out! Sauteed some mushrooms to add to the leftovers and ate for lunch. Even better!

  • dnakase Posted: 08/08/12
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    Excellent. I couldn't find gnocci and used cheese tortellini instead. Fabulous, but if you use tortellini, make sure not to add as much salt. I also added a pinch of crushed red pepper for a little spice which turned out well.

  • JulieDean Posted: 03/26/13
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    I made this recipe as directed, except I substituted packaged tortellini for the gnocchi and added 4 oz. of browned chorizo at the end. Absolutely delicious! I would be proud to serve this at my next dinner party, especially with a zingy Sauvignon Blanc. :)

  • thesweetestpea Posted: 06/18/12
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    I have made this with fresh aspargus also and it's very good. I can find frozen gnocchi in my local Kroger store -- it's a very good product. Since I'm allergic to pine nuts, I used finely chopped walnuts instead.

  • KimberlieL Posted: 08/15/12
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    LOVE this recipe! So quick and easy, which is exactly what I need for a weeknight meal.

  • Schmatterson8 Posted: 03/17/13
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    Amazing!!! Based on another reviewer's comments, I added red pepper flakes when I added the garlic. I also added chopped bacon because I had some on hand.

  • promogal Posted: 06/17/13
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    Incredible dish! Did as the other Reviewers suggested & added in a bit of crushed red pepper. Also thru in some dried garlic/pepper seasoning. Will make this again for years to come!

  • jenniferml2020 Posted: 06/11/13
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    This is so simple to make, tastes great, and looks beautiful on the plate. It’s my "go to" side dish when any dinner guests are vegetarian.

  • mrmacrae73 Posted: 07/04/12
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    This is a simple and flavorful meal, or side dish if you're hungry! Very easy to make but be careful not to overlook the spinach. Recommend for a fast weeknight dish.

  • bestgrandma Posted: 06/14/13
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    Followed the recipe as written, while my husband said it was ok, I was disappointed. Recipe sounded better then it was.

  • annaemiller Posted: 03/14/14
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    Love this! Even my husband who is not a fan of vegetarian dishes loves it.

  • GracesHuman Posted: 03/04/14
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    REALLY good! And yes, a keeper. So super quick and easy, but we are complete carnivores so for a main dish I added little chunks of Italian sausage, mushrooms and crushed red. I can see making it meatless for a side, though. My guy enjoyed it so much he said he would have been happy to pay for it were it in a restaurant.

  • motherboarder Posted: 03/02/14
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    this is probably the easiest and tastiest recipe I've made in ages.. a definite KEEPER!!

  • mikosflower Posted: 08/05/13
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    So I really liked this as a base for a dish. I went a lil crazy, but it turned out like a good solid, eat all week lunch dish. I added onions, red peppers, cabbage and artichokes as a good base for it w/basil and oregano cooked in the artichoke olive oil, topped w/goat cheese. Then I added the gnocchi, with the spinach and more goat cheese and some mozzarella w/more of the spices. I used macadamia nuts and toasted them before hand in my wok. I added capers at the end to cut through the richness. Over all, very good dish. Thanks for sharing!

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