Gnocchi with Sweet Peas, Tomatoes and Sage Brown Butter


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Gnocchi with Sweet Peas, Tomatoes and Sage Brown Butter
Photo: © Richard Gerhard Jung


  • 3 medium baking potatoes (about 1 2/3 pounds)

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/3 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • Kosher salt

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 12 large sage leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen baby peas, blanched if fresh

  • 1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork and bake for 1 hour, or until tender. Let cool slightly, then halve lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Pass the potatoes through a ricer or food mill into a large bowl. Measure out 2 cups and let cool slightly. Save any remaining potatoes for another use.

  2. In a medium bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the potatoes at low speed with the egg, nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of salt just until combined. Mix in the flour until a soft dough forms.

  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and dust it with flour. On a lightly floured surface, gently knead the dough for 1 minute, until smooth. Quarter the dough and roll each quarter into a 1/2-inch-thick rope; cut the ropes into 1-inch pieces and transfer to the baking sheet. Hold a fork with the tines pointing slightly downward and gently roll each piece of dough against the tines to make slight grooves.

  4. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cover. When the water returns to a boil, uncover, stir gently and boil for about 1 minute, or until tender. Using a slotted spoon, lift the gnocchi into a strainer to drain.

  5. Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet. Add the sage and parsley and cook over moderately high heat until the sage is crisp and the butter starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the gnocchi and lemon zest and toss well. Add the peas, tomatoes and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and cook, tossing, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add the Parmesan and toss to combine. Transfer the gnocchi to bowls and serve.

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