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Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

I’m having more fun working with Land O’Lakes (Kitchen Conversations) on this recipe! I’m a huge fan of butter, let’s face it: I love all kinds of butter. And brown butter? I’m an even bigger fan. Brown butter gives dishes a nutty AND buttery flavor. I have been wanting to make a dish with gnocchi for a while now. So why not combine brown butter and gnocchi? I’m still scared to make it from scratch so store-bought for now and huge bonus is this dish only takes less  than 30 minutes to put together!

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Here’s how to make this delicious Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

First, let me show you how to brown butter. Melt a Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter Half Stick on medium heat in a nonstick skillet.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.netGnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.netGnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

It will start foaming. Don’t walk away!

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

A few minutes later, you have brown butter. Butter can burn easily so watch it carefully.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Remove from the skillet and set aside. Don’t put that skillet away, you’re going to use it to cook the veggies.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Remove the stems from the kale and chop the leaves.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Chop the red pepper.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

I chose mini gnocchi for this recipe. Aren’t they cute?

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Remove the gills from the portobella mushrooms.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

And then slice them.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Return the skillet to the stove and add 1 teaspoon of the brown butter, the chopped peppers and sliced mushrooms.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Cook for a few minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked down.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Add the kale.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

I love that kale is bright green!

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

Add the cream and the brown butter and allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes.

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

All done!

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

This is definitely a version of really fast comfort food. I love the gnocchi paired with the nuttiness of the brown butter and the cream makes it a teeny bit rich…but the rich flavors are are balanced out by the kale, mushrooms and the peppers. And even better, it tastes great reheated the next day!

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Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale Recipe

Yield: Serves 2 to 3

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter Half Stick (4 Tablespoons)
  • 2 fresh portobella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped kale, washed & stems removed first
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pound package of mini or regular-sized gnocchi, prepared according to package instructions
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a nonstick skillet, melt butter on medium heat. Then cook for 3 to 4 minutes until brown. Remove from pan.
  2. Return skillet to stove and add 1 teaspoon brown butter. Add mushrooms and red peppers. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes (stir occasionally), until mushrooms are cooked down. Add kale and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, until the kale is bright green.
  3. Add cream and the remaining brown butter back to the pan and stir. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sauce with gnocchi and topped with Parmesan cheese.

Note: This dish actually is great as a leftover. It reheats fantastically. The kale is a little more wilty than fresh from the stove but it tastes great!

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Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from thelittlekitchen.net

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Disclosure: The Little Kitchen has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversation blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.

23 Responses to “Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale”

  1. 1
    Christine from Cook the Story — April 7, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    Oh, that browned butter makes me SO happy!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — April 7, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    Gnocchi? Brown butter? You are speaking my love language, girl!!!

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    Cookbook Queen — April 7, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    Love all the bright colors!! I totally need you to come make lunch today :)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — April 7, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    This looks so fantastic. And the brown butter cream sauce sounds unbelievable!

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    naomi — April 7, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    This looks so good – and easy – an added plus!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 7, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    I love gnocchi and that cream sauce is heaven!

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    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — April 7, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Now this is my kinda dinner!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 7, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    This is such a yummy looking meal. I love it!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 7, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    This dish sounds fantastic, Julie! I love gnocchi and the brown butter sauce – delicious!

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    Annie @Maebells — April 7, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    Looks great! I love experimenting with different pasta sauces, I will have to add this to my list! am a sucker for anything with brown butter!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 7, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    Gnocchi + butter + cream + mushrooms = happy me!! Love this recipe, Julie!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 7, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    Fast comfort food is my favorite kind! And anything with brown butter makes me giddy.

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    Maria — April 7, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    Love this dish!! Gnocchi is my favorite!

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    Tieghan — April 7, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    Beautiful, easy and so good!! Pinned of course!

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    Dixie — April 8, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    Wonderful combination & attractive.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 8, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    Love gnocchi! This quick and easy meal is perfect!

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    Aggie — April 9, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    Gnocchi is my favorite. Love everything about this!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — April 10, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    This is gnocchi done right! Love that you made it healthier with the kale too.

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — April 10, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    I love every single thing about this recipe! The bad thing about gnocchi is that I could totally eat an entire package myself–especially with brown butter and kale!

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    Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen — April 15, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    This looks so amazing Julie! I love the addition of the Mushrooms, makes my mouth water!

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    Laura @ Mangailicious — May 30, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    I have never had kale in brown butter. This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it out :)

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