Ricotta Gnocchi with Zucchini, Squash, Italian Sausage, and Fried Sage

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Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageHave you guys heard of “Sift?” It’s a King Arthur Flour Publication that launched earlier this year. It’s full of beautiful photographs, features for the foodies at heart, and tons of delicious recipes. Ever since the first Spring 2015 issue, I have been completely in love with it! The magazine uses a unique paper that feels awesome in your hands and get this, no ads! That means every page has nothing but useful information! No more skipping pages of ads to get to the next article. It’s simply just pages of valuable content. I absolutely savor every single page.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageThere’s no subscription service, so in order to get your hands on one you’d need to buy directly from King Arthur Flour or, if you want a little bit of a discount, you can get a copy at Costco like I did. Unfortunately, it’s only published quarterly, so I anxiously wait for months for the next issue to come out. This leaves a lot of time to try all the recipes within each issue.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageOne of the gems I found in the Fall 2015 issue was this ricotta gnocchi.  The recipe uses ricotta cheese instead of potatoes, which is used in traditional gnocchi, so I knew I had to give it a try. How can you go wrong with subbing cheese for potatoes? Of course, you can use store-bought gnocchi instead, but where’s the fun in that? Plus, your eaters will be super impressed because making gnocchi from scratch is up there with making fresh pasta from scratch!

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageThis dish is hearty and filling and you can toss it with all your favorite inclusions. To get a good mix of veggies and protein, I used zucchini, yellow squash, and Italian sausage. The fried sage adds an aromatic layer that adds an incredible earthy note.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageBegin by tossing slices of zucchini and yellow squash in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then, roast it in the oven on a foil-lined cookie sheet and set aside.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sagePrepare the gnocchi by combining ricotta cheese, an egg, and Asiago cheese in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the cheese mixture and combine until a soft dough forms. Working in small batches, transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll out ropes ½” in diameter. Cut out the gnocchi in pieces about ¾” long and transfer to a floured cookie sheet. Continue until all the dough is used up.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageCook by gently placing small batches of gnocchi in a pot of boiling water. Once the gnocchi begin to float, remove them with a slotted spoon and place onto a cookie sheet. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil so they don’t stick to each other. Continue until all the gnocchi is cooked.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageBrown the sausage in a hot and oiled skillet. I took a picture of the sausage link in the pan, but somehow it just didn’t look appropriate for my little space here, so I made the executive decision to leave it out of the post :) Anyway, once the sausage is browned (don’t worry about cooking thoroughly, it will be fully cooked later), set it aside on a plate and let it rest while you fry up the sage.

In the same skillet, add the sage and heat until fragrant.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageSlice up the sausage, return it to the skillet, and finish cooking with the sage.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageOnce cooked, add delicious butter and melt it down.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageThen, add in the cooked gnocchi, roasted zucchini and squash, and give it a good stir to coat.

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageGnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageGarnish with some parsley and dinner is served!

Gnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sageGnocchi, Ricotta, Italian, sausage, zucchini, squash, potato dumplings, sage

Ricotta Gnocchi with Zucchini, Squash, Italian Sausage, and Fried Sage
Yields 2 Servings
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Ingredients
  1. 2 zucchini, sliced into discs
  2. 2 yellow squash, sliced into discs
  3. 8 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  4. 1 pound ricotta cheese
  5. 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, grated
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 1 Italian sausage link
  10. 6 fresh sage leaves, cut into strips
  11. 1/4 cup salted butter
  12. Salt and pepper
  13. Chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the discs of zucchini and squash in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a few dashes of salt and pepper. Transfer to a foil-lined cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the gnocchi by combining the cheeses and egg in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the cheese mixture and combine until a soft dough forms.
  4. Working in small batches, transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll out ropes ½” in diameter. Cut out the gnocchi in pieces about ¾” long and transfer to a floured cookie sheet. Continue with the rest of the dough.
  5. Bring a pot of water to a boil and gently drop in small batches of gnocchi. Once the gnocchi begin to float, remove them with a slotted spoon and place onto a cookie sheet. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil so they don’t stick to each other. Continue until all the gnocchi is cooked.
  6. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and brown the sausage (don’t worry about cooking thoroughly, it will be fully cooked later). Set aside.
  7. In the same skillet, add the sage and heat until fragrant.
  8. Slice the sausage and return it to the skillet. Finish cooking the sausage with the sage until the sausage is no longer pink in the middle.
  9. Add the butter and stir until completely melted.
  10. Add the cooked gnocchi, roasted zucchini and squash, and stir to coat.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Garnish with parsley (optional)
Adapted from from Sift with modifications
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2 comments

  1. Diana says:

    mmmmm, I can’t believe you made your own gnocchi! and out of CHEESE. That’s super cool. I gotta try it someday!

    Your sliced zucchini and squash remind me of that scene from ratatouille! NEXT POST RATATOUILLE?!?!

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