Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Cream Sauce Recipe

  • Once or twice each winter my daughter and I like to make a big batch of sweet potato gnocchi with sage cream sauce. It is a bit of a project, but it is worth it. We love the tender pillows of sweet potato tossed with a light creamy sage sauce for dinner. Making them is a real treat since they taste much better than anything I can ever find in the frozen section. It is also a wonderful way to get my daughter to eat her sweet potatoes, a vegetable she rarely embraces. Try this fun cooking project with your children this winter. I promise you'll all have fun and love the result!

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Cream Sauce

    An easy DIY pasta your kids can help with!

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    Servings: 4


    • yams: 2 pounds, scrubbed
    • ricotta cheese: 12 ounces
    • Parmesan cheese: ½ cup, finely grated, plus more for serving
    • dark brown sugar: 3 tablespoons
    • kosher salt: 1 teaspoon
    • all-purpose flour: 2 ½ cups
    • unsalted butter: 1 tablespoon
    • fresh sage: 1 tablespoon, chopped
    • white wine: ½ cup
    • heavy cream: 2/3 cup


    Step 1: Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and microwave for about 5 minutes per side until tender. Cut in half and scrape the softened flesh into a large mixing bowl, measuring as you go so there is about 3 cups total.

    Step 2: Stir in the cheese, sugar, and salt and mash well with a fork. Stir in the flour until just incorporated.

    Step 3: Scoop ¼ of the dough onto a floured surface and use your fingertips to roll it into a tube about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Then cut it into 1-inch pieces. Repeat with remaining dough.

    Step 4: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi for about 5 minutes, or until it floats to the top. Remove and drain.

    Step 5: Make the sauce. In a small skillet melt the butter and add the chopped sage. Warm the butter for 1 minute. Then pour in the wine and cream, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and reduced to about 2/3.

    Step 6: Season sauce with salt and pepper, toss with the gnocchi, and serve.

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