Everything about “gnocchi” screams fancy, but luckily you can buy a premade version in the supermarket that takes just a couple of minutes to cook at home. We love the Gia Russa brand, but any shelf-stable version is perfectly fine to use. Browned butter takes this dish over the top, but luckily, you don’t have to babysit it: the butter will brown while you’re cooking crushed garlic cloves and coarsely chopped toasted pecans in it. A squeeze of lemon juice brightens the buttery sauce, and fresh basil and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano make the plates taste next to homemade.
2 16-oz. pkg. potato gnocchi
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus 1 Tbsp. fresh juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 cups packed torn basil leaves, divided
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about cup)
Sat fat 14g
How to Make It
Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add pecans and cook, stirring often, until nuts are toasted and butter begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add gnocchi and cook, tossing, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and almost all the basil. Serve topped with remaining basil and cheese.
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