Prep: 7 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes
Pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter is common on Italian tables. We started with ready-made potato gnocchi and made a lusciously creamy pumpkin sauce that's seasoned with sage and crispy pancetta.
Oxmoor House JUNE 2006
1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
2. While gnocchi cooks, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta, and cook 3 minutes or until crisp. Add mushrooms, leek, and garlic; sauté 7 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to low. Stir in Alfredo sauce, pumpkin, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in broth and sage.
3. Drain gnocchi. Add gnocchi to sauce in pan, and toss gently. Spoon into individual bowls, and garnish with sage leaves, if desired. Serve immediately.
Gnocchi (NYOH-kee) is the word for "dumplings." You can find commercial gnocchi in large supermarkets on the same aisle as dry pasta.
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