Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

Serve tender sweet potatoes with a mixture of spinach and mushrooms, flavored with broth and Parmesan cheese, for a meatless holiday main dish.

Yield: Serves 12
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 3 Hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 364
  • Calories from fat: 31%
  • Protein: 14g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 49g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 1021mg
  • Cholesterol: 24mg

Ingredients

  • Gnocchi
  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 pounds orange-flesh sweet potatoes (often labeled
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • About 3 cups flour
  • Assembly
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms such as chanterelle, cremini, king trumpet, matsutake, and oyster*
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided

Preparation

  1. 1. Make gnocchi: Drain ricotta in a strainer over sink, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups sweet- potato purée (save extra for another use), strained ricotta, sugar, cheese, salt, and nutmeg. Gently stir in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
  3. 3. Working on a floured surface, divide dough into 8 portions. Roll each portion with your hands into a 15-in. rope, then cut into 1-in. pieces, sprinkling dough with flour if it gets sticky. Transfer gnocchi to a rimmed tray lightly dusted with flour.
  4. 4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Working in batches of 15 to 20, drop gnocchi into water, stirring to prevent sticking, and cook until gnocchi are firm and float to top of water, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi to a strainer and then to a lightly oiled rimmed pan to cool.
  5. 5. Assemble gnocchi: Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi to pan and cook, stirring often, until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large serving dish.
  6. 6. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tbsp. oil in a second large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic and shallots until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, butter, spinach, salt, and pepper; cover and cook until spinach wilts, about 3 minutes.
  7. 7. Spoon vegetables over gnocchi and pour in broth. Sprinkle with thyme and half of parmesan. Serve with remaining cheese.
  8. *Leave whole any soft mushrooms such as oysters and slice or quarter large, dense mushrooms like the cremini and king trumpets.
  9. Make ahead: Prepare through step 3. Cover and chill up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 weeks.
  10. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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