Burnt butter and sage gnocchi

So, what are you having for dinner tonight?  If you need to pop down to the supermarket to grab something – maybe grab these ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 16-20 small sage leaves
  • 800g gnocchi, cooked
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shaved or grated
  • Pink salt flakes
  • And the surprise ingredient – HONEY!

My husband and I visited a local Italian restaurant in April for our wedding anniversary. My entrée was burnt butter and sage gnocchi. When the meal arrived, it looked delicious and when I tasted it, I was amazed at how good it was and the surprise taste of honey added to the dish.


  1. Place chopped butter into a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook until melted then add sage leaves to pan. Cook butter and sage leaves, swirling pan often, for 4-5 minutes or until sage leaves are crisp and butter has turned a deep nut-brown colour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. It was at this stage that I added a good drizzle of honey to the pan to allow it to melt into the sauce.
  3. Add gnocchi to frying pan and toss to coat in burnt sage butter. To serve, divide gnocchi among bowls, spooning over any burnt butter that is left in the frying pan. Sprinkle with parmesan and pink salt and enjoy immediately.

I thought it needed more honey but my husband thought it was just right and the kids ate it too!

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