Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sweet Potato Gnocchi & Butternut Squash Sauce

This recipe is actually pretty easy, other than being a bit time consuming hand rolling the gnocchi and cleaning up all the flour on the counter.  Here's what you do...

  For the gnocchi you'll need:

1 Can of sweet potatoes

1 Cup of flour

1/4 Cup of grated parmesan

1 Clove of garlic (diced) 

1 Egg

Directions: Mash the potatoes very well with a whisk or a potato ricer.  Add all other ingredients and mix 'til the dough just starts to come together. Don't over work the dough or your gnocchi will be tough.  Grab a small handful of dough and roll it into a long cylindrical snakelike shape. Cut the snake into 1 in. bite size pieces. Using the tines of a fork and your thumb, gently roll the bite size pieces onto a floured plate. This will take a minute to get the hang of, but when you do, it will go quickly. Here's a really good Youtube video that shows how to do it. You can make these ahead and let them rest while the sauce is cooking.

How to cook the gnocchi:

 Bring a big pot of salted water to a rapid boil, drop the gnocchi in slowly, so the water doesn't splash back up on your hand... trust me on this one. When they start to float , pull 'em out with a slotted spoon and put 'em in a bowl. 

For the sauce:

1 Jar of butternut squash pasta sauce (you can also use any kind of store bought sauce, I just prefer the flavor of this one with the sweet potatoes)

1 Apple (peeled & diced)

1 Sweet yellow onion (diced)

3 Mini sweet yellow or orange peppers (sliced thin)

5 or 6 Mushrooms (rough chop is fine)

I also added a couple of cut up (skinless) smoked sausages in the sauce for extra flavor. This is totally optional though.

Add all ingredients to a medium pot and simmer on low for about 2 hrs or 'til all the veggies are fork tender. Toss the gnocchi with the sauce 'til it's all good and covered. I like to add shredded mozzarella on top while it's steaming hot,  but that step is (technically) optional. (Go ahead and do it, I won't tell) This goes great with a nice Caesar salad and some crusty garlic bread.

 This was not the fastest or least messy meal I've ever made, but it was well worth all the effort! 


Mendy Boyd said...

Thank you! Gonna try this after I make a grocery run! :)

Niki said...

You're welcome! Let me know how it turns out! : )
If you have extra time, make a double batch of the gnocchi and freeze it for next time, all you'd have to do is boil it and add the sauce.

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