Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce


Gosh I love ricotta cheese. There was a time in my life when I ate it like I do Greek yogurt now. I need to revisit those times.


I was actually having a little rendezvous with some ricotta cheese in a bowl, when an idea came to mind – ricotta bites! Or, apparently more well-known, ricotta gnocchi.


My first go around with gnocchi was an epic fail. I didn’t even put it on the blog it was so bad. I tried to make sweet potato gnocchi and it was just…not good. It looked good, but it tasted so bland!

Now, usually it takes me at least three tries to get a recipe like gnocchi right. I mean the quinoa issues speak for themselves.


However, I’m happy to say that I bring you the following gnocchi with confidence that you’ll be rubbing your bellies with pleasure by the time you finish it. 😀

And FYI – it goes wonderfully with nut butter encrusted sweet potato fries and some roasted Brussels sprouts :)


Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce

inspired by Epicurious

  • 1 cup whole ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • red pepper flakes, parsley, 1/2 juice of 1 lemon, and garlic powder

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cheeses, egg, salt, and zest until thoroughly combined. Add the flour, but mix just until the flour is folded in – don’t over mix. Scoop the mixture out using a 1/2 tbsp as a scoop onto a nonstick surface (like parchment paper.) Now, heat 1 tbsp of the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Add the gnocchi’s one by one, and cook about 3 minutes per side. I found that using tongs to turn was the easiest. Once it’s time to flip, add one more tbsp of butter. After all the gnocchi is cooked, reduce the heat, add the rest of the butter to the skillet, and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the butter turns a rich brown color. Kill the heat, add the lemon juice, pepper, parsley, and garlic powder. Serve over the plated gnocchi.



Have you ever tried making gnocchi? Have you ever bought the pre-packaged gnocchi in the store? I’ve always wanted to try that kind…


I woke up late today, so I’m in a hurry! Going to put in some hours at the ol’ BIC, and then head to power yoga later today 😀 Haven’t been there since last Wednesday, so I’m a little pumped up!

Have a fab Thursday, loves!

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  1. I am impressed at the homemade gnocchi! I love ordering it at restaurants when I’m feeling like having pasta, but have never made it myself.

    I have, however, made the pre-packaged stuff before- with good and bad experiences. My suggestion would be finding it at local markets and stuff- the Jewel Osco gnocchi was horrible!

  2. I never tried ricotta!
    Once I made potato gnocchi, which turned out pretty nicely, and once or twice, I tried some weird ones, like pea gnocchi, those were awful 😀

  3. Yum! I almost bought some gnocchi yesterday, but this kind looks way better :)

  4. I tried to make pumpkin gnocchi once and it was an epic fail. Probably had a lot to do with the fact that I don’t even like pumpkin, haha. Those look GREAT!

  5. enjoy power yoga my dear! i would love to take a power yoga class right now <3

    im surprised the sweet potato gnocci would be bland! hmm maybe more spices and sauces would have to be added huh. ur right, definitely looks good!


  6. Oh my goodness- that plate looks SO yummy. I recently tried Sabrina (Rhodey Girl Test’s) Ricotta type bites and they were so good. I”m totally making them again! Hope you’re having a good day

  7. I love ricotta! These look simple enough to add to my repertoire. I want to go buy ricotta cheese now :)

  8. These look delicious! What a great idea.

  9. I have never tried homemade or store bought gnocchi, but it looks deliciuos and I am equally in love with ricotta cheese!!

  10. You had me at ricotta gnocchi. I flippin’ love gnocchi! I’ve purchased it at Trader Joe’s before and it was pretty good but not as good as the restaurant stuff (or as good as that looks!)

  11. A few weeks ago I made my first gnocchi and it was so much fun, but for the time it took it didn’t yield very many gnocchi (gnocchis? don’t know what the plural is…)… happy holidays!


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