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Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 8
These little butternut squash gnocchi are ever so slightly sweet. Dress the dumplings with melted butter and parmesan cheese to add a rich flavor.Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs.)
  • About 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for shaping
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese (or other hard cheese, such as asiago or pecorino), plus more at the table
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 286
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • protein 8.7 g
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • carbohydrate 47 g
  • fiber 2.9 g
  • sodium 305 mg
  • cholesterol 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. With a fork or sharp knife, poke holes all over squash. Microwave it on high 10 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Halve squash lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Flesh should be tender when scraped with a fork; if it isn't, microwave on high (cut side down) in 1-minute intervals until tender. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Scrape out flesh (discard peel) and mash until smooth.

  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine 2 cups mashed squash (save any extra for another use), 1/2 tsp. salt, the white pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a dough forms (it will pull away from inside of bowl).

  3. Turn dough out on a generously floured work surface. With well-floured hands, knead dough 10 to 12 times.

  4. Divide dough in half and cover 1 batch with plastic wrap. Roll other batch into a 3/4-in.-thick rope and cut into 1/2-in.-long pieces. Put pieces on a floured baking sheet and set aside. Repeat with remaining dough.

  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil gnocchi until they rise to the surface, about 4 minutes; cook 30 seconds longer and then lift with a slotted spoon, making sure water drains from gnocchi, and place in a large serving bowl. Gently toss with butter and top with cheese and a sprinkling of black pepper. Serve hot and pass extra cheese at the table.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.