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Cranberry Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce

To make light and airy gnocchi, work quickly and handle the dough as little as possible. You'll be pleased with the resulting pillowy dumplings. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

  • Finely chop 1/4 cup cranberries. In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, flour, Parmesan cheese, egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and chopped cranberries; mix until blended. On a lightly floured surface, knead 10-12 times, forming a soft dough. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 4 portions. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 3/4-in.-thick rope; cut into 3/4-in. pieces. Press and roll each piece with a lightly floured fork.
  • In a Dutch oven, bring 4 qt. water to a boil. Cook gnocchi in batches 30-60 seconds or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon; keep warm.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat 5 minutes. Add sage; cook 3-5 minutes longer or until butter is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in walnuts, white pepper, and the remaining cranberries and salt. Add gnocchi; stir gently to coat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 411 calories, 30g fat (16g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 503mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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