Gnocchi W/ Browned Onion Butter Sauce - Aunts

Cassie *


I will always have that memory of my Aunt calling and inviting my family for Sunday dinner...featuring this meal when I was a kid. It was and still is my favorite of all the wonderful dishes she made. She still invites me when she makes it, but has taught me to make it also. I will always cherish this recipe. Now, my kids love it and beg for it all the time.

So tender they melt in your mouth!!! Yum!!!! Not a one left...that speaks for itself...:)

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Do not let the long list of steps deter you from making, they are quite simple really...

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35 Min
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8 medium
or 10 smaller potatoes peeled and chunked
2 1/2 c
flour or more
1 stick
onion, chopped small
large can(s)
tomato sauce or favorite spaghetti sauce can be used - i prefer just tomato sauce, but today was out. i used a jar of spaghetti sauce...still delicious
parmesan cheese
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


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1Peel potatoes and cut into large chunks. Place in a large saucepan of water, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked.

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2Drain potatoes well and mash until smooth.

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3Allow potato to cool for 10 minutes. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour a handful at a time and work in with your hands until the potato mixture is a dough-like consistency. ( I use my hand held mixer.)

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4Turn potato mixture on to a lightly floured counter or board and knead until smooth. Just a few seconds should be enough. Add more flour if it is too sticky, but don’t over do it.

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5Divide dough into eight or more pieces. Dust counter with flour and roll each piece into a sausage like rope.

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6Cut gnocchi into 3/4 inch pieces.

I dip my knife in flour to reduce the sticking.

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7Leave as is, or press the back of a fork onto each gnocchi (the indentations help the sauce stick to the gnocchi). I started rolling mine with a fork, but decided it was taking too much time...they just look prettier if you have the time to indent them.

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In a large skillet; brown butter,but
not burnt. Add onion and cook well until brown, but not burned.

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9Add sauce and seasonings. Stir, and simmer till heated through.

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10In a pot of boiling water, add some salt and olive oil.

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11Gather the gnocchi onto a plate or dish cloth and dump into the salted boiling water. I had my daughter help me with this step.

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12Once all the gnocchi have floated to the top, cook for another minute, drain.

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13Carefully dump the gnocchi into the pan of sauce and lightly toss to coat the pasta.

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14I then pour the pasta onto a serving platter, sprinkle with hot pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.

Then dig, so good

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About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #sauce, #Gnocchi