Recipe: Creamy Squash Gnocchi


Bored of pasta? These small Italian dumplings in a rich butternut squash sauce with asparagus are a great alternative. A great vegetarian meal to impress!


  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1 red onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig sage
  • 125 ml white wine
  • 15 g vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese
  • 1/4 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 250 g asparagus
  • 400 g ready made gnocchi
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat an oven to 200°C.

peel the squash

Step 2

Peel The Squash

Peel the squash, halve and scoop out the seeds. Wash the seeds and scatter onto a baking tray, sprinkle with salt and bake for 10 minutes until dry and crisp.

roast the squash

Step 3

Roast The Squash

Dice the squash into small pieces, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and lay on a roasting tray. Roast for 30 minutes until soft and charred in places.

make the sauce

Step 4

Make The Sauce

Blitz the cooked squash in a liquidiser with the cold cream and sage leaves.

preheat griddle & water

Step 5

Preheat Griddle & Water

Put a large pan of salted water onto boil and heat up a cast iron griddle pan (or normal frying pan if you don’t have the griddle)

fry onions for the sauce

Step 6

Fry Onions For The Sauce

Peel and slice the red onion and flash fry in a dash of oil for 2 minutes before added the crushed garlic for another minute. Splash in the white wine to reduce, then add the butternut squash cream to warm through with a splash of water to thin it out slightly.

grill the asparagus

Step 7

Grill The Asparagus

Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus, rub in oil and lay into the griddle pan to cook, turning every minute or so.

boil the gnocchi

Step 8

Boil The Gnocchi

Boil the gnocchi in the salted water until they float, usually about 4 minutes. Drain the gnocchi and stir into the cream sauce with a handful of grated Cheese and the parsley.

plate up!

Step 9

Plate Up!

Serve a bowl of the squash gnocchi with several spears of asparagus, a scattering of the roasted squash seeds and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper. Serves 2

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