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Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce Recipe

If we were in Italy, gnocchi would be considered a first course meal just like pasta, then we would have a second dish of meat and salad.

Typically at home we make gnocchi as a main dish for dinner. With two little ones in the house, it is all they can manage to eat.

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Because I am making gnocchi as a main dish, I like to add great flavor to it, but make something that is also hearty and filling.

What is Gnocchi?

Gnocchi is a type of dumpling made from potatoes and flour. Making homemade gnocchi is kind of a long process.

We do make it at home sometimes, but I typically just buy it. It’s good in dishes such as this tomato basil gnocchi recipe or this creamy pesto gnocchi recipe!

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For the sauce? I will tell you that I tried making pumpkin gnocchi two different ways. The first way was with a simple sauce of sage and butter and it was so easy that I eventually decided to share it with you.

Although the other was equally good, the flavor of the sage really came through in the butter sauce. My garden is still exploding with sage.

I can’t figure out why that is, I figured it would be dead by now because we are already having cold weather, but it is holding its own.

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Using fresh pumpkin or canned? It was a debate if I should use pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin for this sauce. The fresh pumpkin won because I wanted to also use the seeds for baking!

If you don’t know how to use them, check out this how to bake pumpkin seeds post! It’s fantastic!

What kind of fresh pumpkin to buy? The kind of pumpkin you need to use is a sugar pumpkin or a pie pumpkin.

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I have actually never found a sugar pumpkin before, but my area is full of pie pumpkins, so they were easy to find!

Baking the pumpkin is super simple. All you need to do is cut your pumpkin. Take out the seeds and pulp.

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Put in on a baking sheet and roast it! It’s so flavorful, you will be pleasantly surprised!

If you are looking for more recipes with gnocchi how about this creamy gnocchi with corned beef and zucchini. Or for dessert how about these pumpkin pie turnovers! ENJOY!

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Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce Recipe

Nancy Piran
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce will have you licking the bowl! That sauce is soooooooo good.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 462.5 kcal


  • 3 Fresh Pumpkin (Pie or Sugar)
  • 2 Olive Oil
  • 17 Potato Gnocchi (1 package)
  • 6 Butter
  • 8 Fresh Sage


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut pumpkin in half. Clean out seeds and pulp with a large spoon. Cut pumpkin in slices and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • When pumpkin is done remove from oven and cool. When cooled remove skin and dice up. Set aside.
  • Cook gnocchi according to package.
  • While it cooks add butter to saute pan. Melt until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Add sage. Continue to cook butter for an additional minute.
  • Add cooked pumpkin and gnocchi. Stir.
  • Serve warm and ENJOY!


Calories: 462.5kcalCarbohydrates: 38.75gProtein: 3gFat: 27.25gSaturated Fat: 4.75gSodium: 348mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 4.5g
Keyword Easy, Easy Dinners, Fall, Gnocchi, Italian, Pumpkin, Sage, Sauces, Simmered, Vegetarian
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