Brown Butter Gnocchi with Veggies & Pinenuts


Brown Butter Gnocchi with Veggies & Pinenuts

Brown butter is all the rage right now.  I have used it a couple times in cookies (Brown Butter M&M Cookies & Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies).  Today though, I am giving it to you in a savory dish.  A super quick, (like under 20 minutes quick) and easy dinner.

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Veggies & Pinenuts

You can customize it to whatever veggies your family likes.  My family will tolerate zucchini, so that is what I went with.  The original recipe uses broccoli, which my family won’t even get close to.  I think it would have been wonderful with broccoli, but sometimes you just have to please the crowd.  Toss in a few pine nuts for texture, top with Parmesan cheese and you have dinner.  Serve with a small salad to round out the meal, or some bread if aren’t counting your carbs :)

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Veggies & Pinenuts

You can buy gnocchi with the dried pasta at the grocery store.  If you are ambitious you could make your own gnocchi.  Making gnocchi from scratch is on my list of things I want to do some day, but not on a quick weeknight.  This is a great, quick, meat free dish that everyone enjoyed.  Leftovers were even delicious the next day!

Yields 6

Chewy gnocchi tossed with a nutty brown butter and zucchini. Comes together in 20 minutes for a quick weeknight meal.

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 2 (16-ounce) packages gnocchi
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 2 Tbls extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbls pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook gnocchi according to the package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat add butter and olive oil. Cook for 7 minutes or until the butter starts to brown.
  3. In a separate skillet saute zucchini. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss cooked gnocchi with brown butter. Add zucchini, pine nuts, and black pepper.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.


Adapted from Cooking Light



  1. Mmmm, I love a brown butter sauce with pasta! Saving this for a quick lunch sometime since I’m thinking my husband wouldn’t touch it for dinner.

  2. Mmmm – I love gnocchi! :)

  3. You had me at “brown butter”!!!! A thing of beauty indeed! This is terrific, and I am craving gnocchi all of a sudden – not a good sign for Paleo, but I will be slowly re-introducing carbs back into my diet. Woo-hoo! Can’t wait! I’ve missed eating good food like this!

  4. Nothing better than brown butter!! I love the pine nuts in this!

  5. I love gnocchi and I love brown butter – this recipe looks like a winner!

  6. Oh, nifty! I haven’t tried cooking or baking anything with brown butter, but this looks yummy!

  7. I am obsessed with gnocchi. I love the texture SO much. And I love that you did a savory dish with brown butter. Yum!

  8. Aww, you made it healthy with vegetables! I thought that you had done some kind of awesome wizardry that made plain gnocchi healthy. 😀 It looks great and brown butter… yes!

  9. These look so good. I really love the nuttiness from the browned butter. My kids love broccoli so, I think I’ll try this with broccoli. One question for you, I’ve bought store bought gnocchi before and they tastes a bit weird, I wonder if you have a brand that you love or can recommend to me? Greatly appreciate it. 😉

    • My store only has one brand DeLallo, and I have had good luck with it. I have heard others like Trader Joe’s brand, but we don’t have that store near me. Hope you enjoy!

      • Not sure if I’ve seen DeLallo before. But I have a Trader Joe’s near by so I’ll give that a try. :) Thank you so much for letting me know. I’ll tell you how that goes on my next trial on gnocchi.

  10. I think brown butter has the power to make anything taste fabulous (even broccoli?). 😀

    This gnocchi looks Incredible!

  11. Brown butter sounds fantastic in this dish- wonderful idea to use it in a savory recipe to add that special flavor 😉

  12. Pretty dish and healthy, too. Making gnocchi at home is actually fun–you’ll really like it, but you’re right, not for a weeknight. My kind of dinner.

  13. I have a package of gnocchi in my fridge that has just been waiting for this delicious sounding recipe! Thanks, it looks wonderful!

  14. It IS very little butter, but my problem is the gnocchi. 😉 I have a little issue with it. Called I eat-the-whole-bag-eat-at-once-OMG-I-love-gnocchi. I need some sense of portion control!

  15. I love zucchini and probably would have picked them as my veggie choice. Tiffany on the other hand would pick broccoli over any other veggies.
    Either way, this would be a delicious weeknight dinner

  16. What a simple and tasty meal for the weekdays. I am in love with gnocchi. Delish!

  17. Definitely saving this recipe for when my zucchini plant is abundantly producing in late July and August. Quick and easy, so it won’t heat my kitchen when it is otherwise too hot to cook!

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