I’m super excited about this recipe. This is the type of recipe that is a perfect fit for the holiday season. It’s easy to prepare for just one person or a whole dinner party. It is full of different textures and holiday flavors which make it a truly unique dish.
I just love the unexpected burst of flavor you get in every single bite. The rich holiday aroma that comes from preparing isn’t bad either.
All you need now is some mulled wine and cinnamon cookies for dessert!
Gnocchi and Butternut Squash in Spiced Brown Butter Sauce
1 small butternut squash, peeled & cubed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1 lb gnocchi
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cubed squash on a rimmed backing sheet and toss with oil, salt and pepper, then spread it in a single layer. Roast, tossing occasionally until it becomes tender and the edges golden, about 30 minutes. Prepare gnocchi according to package instructions.
Meanwhile melt the butter in a thick skillet over medium heat. Add the spices sugar, walnuts and cranberries and let it cook until the butter starts to brown and become fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the cooked squash, and gnocchi. Pour the sauce over the top and give it a light toss. Serve immediately.