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Indulge in the garlicky, extremely flavorful + fast comfort of this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi recipe--- Where soft, pillowy gnocchi meets the delightful blend of fresh garlic, lemon juice + slices, organic heavy cream, white wine, and a medley of herbs and seasonings creating a rich, velvety buttery sauce. It's the perfect weeknight option or comforting weekend addition, and those little soft pillows of goodness will have the entire family hooked. Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan + Meat options!
Y'all this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi is the epitome of richness, decadence, and comfort, while also exuding a wonderfully fresh flavor. If there's one thing everyone knows about me, it's my deep love for comfort food, especially anything pasta-related. The combination of zesty lemon, bold parmesan + buttery herbs is sheer perfection. This dish may sound fancy, but in reality, it's incredibly easy to whip up and is ready in just 25 minutes!
I can't resist a comforting pasta dish, and gnocchi is a regular star in my weekly menu. There's something about the unique texture of gnocchi that I adore. I've even been getting creative with it recently, whipping up dishes like Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi, Weeknight Jamaican Curry Chicken + Gnocchi + Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup. What can I say? Gnocchi is my little pillowy canvas for creative kitchen experiments!
If you love lemony fresh recipes, then you absolutely have to try my homemade lemon pepper seasoning and explore dishes like Creamy Lemon Broccoli Tortellini Soup, Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Tilapia, and Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken!
Gnocchi are basically Italian dumplings made with flour, eggs, and potatoes---unless they are egg-free like this one that I purchased from Delallo foods. When it comes to making your own gnocchi, the process is done is fairly a few steps. It starts with boiling and mashing the potatoes, combining the ingredients together and kneading them into a ball, shaping the dough, cutting them into pieces, and boiling and draining the gnocchi. For a great recipe, check out AllRecipes.com.
To whip up this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi, kick things off by boiling the gnocchi until they're tender and float to the top of the water. For the sauce, you'll dive into sautéing a few garlic cloves in butter, followed by adding the seasonings, lemon juice, cream, and other ingredients. Finally, whisk in the parmesan until the sauce is velvety smooth, and combine it all together!
Here's what you need to make this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi recipe at home:
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Although this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchii recipe is amazing on its own, if you feel like adding a little extra flare, here are some ideas -
If you aren't restricted to only meatless options, then you can spruce things up by adding -
While I love this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi dinner as-is, straight from the pan, you can dress it up with toppings if you like.
For extra flavor, color, and texture, you can try:
If you discover a new favorite topping idea, be sure to let me know in the comments section below!
Here's the thing. This Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi recipe is so delicious and flavorful that you can honestly enjoy it all by itself. Seriously, the fluffy, tender gnocchi pillows + aromatic buttery + herby creamy sauce is everything! So, feel free to dig in and savor every single bite. It's a dish that stands tall on its own!
But if you're anything like me (A huge bread lover.. Haha), then I recommend enjoying some crusty bread on the side. I make my own homemade Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread and Texas Toast Garlic Bread -- and they are an amazing vessel for scooping up every last drop of saucy goodness.
If you want a little freshness, serve it with a salad on the side, like this Fall Harvest BBQ Chickpea Kale Salad, Fall Harvest Apple Kale Salad or this Best Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad. It's like a fresh burst of flavor that complements this easy weeknight dinner beautifully.
Traditionally, this dish is made with gnocchi. However, if you can't find them or don't have any on hand, here are some other great options to consider-
I love using gnocchi because they do a beautiful job of embracing and holding onto the sauce and the texture is just fun to eat! But any of these pasta varieties would work for this dish -
It’s important to thicken your pasta sauce so it gets nice and sticky to the pasta itself. Personally, I add just enough liquid to the grated parmesan ratio, which doesn't really require a thickener. However, if you find that your sauce is too thin, I love using arrowroot starch (which is a great gluten-free option). However, if you don’t have this on hand, using other subs like all-purpose flour, regular cornstarch, or tapioca flour work just fine.
Just be sure to always stir your thickener with warm water until it becomes a ‘milky’ liquid before adding it to the sauce OR you can add the dry thickener to your skillet with the seasonings, right before adding the liquids, whisking until smooth and thickened.
I tend to use a lot of white cooking wine, which is easiest for me. However, I do occasionally add quality white wine to my dishes and I recommend using a dry white wine.
A dry white wine will add the right amount of acidity rather than sweetness, which will better compliment your dish like this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Kale Pasta. In general, any of the following dry white wines work great in this dish:
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and dry sparkling wines.
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
To re-heat, simply microwave for a minute or two or add to a skillet over medium-high heat and stir until heated through. You may need to add ¼-1/2 cup of veggie stock or heavy cream to make things creamy while reheating.
To make this dish dairy-free + vegan, substitute the heavy cream with full-fat coconut cream/milk, butter with vegan butter, and parmesan cheese with dairy-free parmesan or cheese shreds.
To make this creamy gnocchi GF-friendly, simply substitute the gnocchi with a gluten-free version and ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly and you use GF bread on the side, if using.
Basically, gnocchi are a type of pasta consisting of soft, fat and chewy dumplings. Traditionally, it's made of semolina or plain wheat flour, egg, and mashed potato.
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