Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 6

Kids like the chewy gnocchi, sweet broccoli, and crunchy nuts. Look for shelf-stable packaged gnocchi with the dried pasta. To cut costs, swap in chopped almonds or pecans for pine nuts. Spinach, cauliflower florets, or green beans would also work nicely here. If you use spinach, simply stir it in when you add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook gnocchi in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Add broccoli during last minute of cooking; cook 1 minute. Drain.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter and oil; cook 7 minutes or until butter browns. Add gnocchi mixture and pepper to pan; toss to coat. Spoon about 1 1/2 cups gnocchi mixture into each of 6 shallow bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons pine nuts and about 2 teaspoons cheese.

Chef's Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit

Ratings & Reviews


July 11, 2015
This dish was ok, gut my family was left wanting something else.  I would make it again,but serve it as a side dish.

Vjenningscpm's Review

September 09, 2013

SaraEllen's Review

January 25, 2013
I made more of the brown butter sauce since I added more vegetables (broccoli and green beans) than the recipe called for. I used 5T butter and 5T olive oil so there would be plenty to cover all of the ingredients. Next time I think I would try to use at least half salted butter or add salt after the fact. It was good, it just needed a bit of salt. One reviewer suggested garlic, and I will also try that as well next time.

mbarta3's Review

August 07, 2014
I also added 2 tsp garlic and jarred artichoke hearts. I also halved the amount of gnocchi (only used 1 package). Despite the additions, the dish was still very bland. I would not make it again.

NRausch1's Review

January 26, 2013
I make this once a week now, it is so good, and still light. I add more veggies like spinach (you can add as many as you want, and I like to go heavy on them) and it works well with asiago cheese too.

sharonignat's Review

January 22, 2013
Excellent!! Very easy and quick to make. The brown butter and pine nuts made the dish very tasty. My whole family enjoyed it!

vaanders's Review

March 03, 2014

marali's Review

December 19, 2014
My entire family loves this recipe. I do buy my gnocchi from an Italian grocer and like to use gnocchi with mushrooms. Also I add some cooked and crumbled bacon. Yum!

SingingGourmand's Review

December 27, 2012
I made one major change to this recipe in that I made my own gnocchi, using the recipe from the Almost Vegetarian cookbook. The sauce is simple and light. We threw in some leftover roasted salmon, which was delicious. I'd recommend using more pepper to give it a little kick, or maybe some lemon juice, depending upon your tastes.

LDombeck's Review

January 30, 2013