Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gnocchi

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gnocchi
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gnocchi

Allison Beck

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gnocchi

A gluten- free pasta that was Inspired by Roman-style gnocchi, this dish transforms sweet pumpkin purée into a delightful pasta dish that is best complemented by nutty brown butter and aromatic sage. 

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  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin flesh, still warm*
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup Parmesan, plus more to garnish
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
  • 2 sticks butter
  • Salt
  • 15 sage leaves
  • Spiced pumpkin seeds or walnuts, for garnish (optional)


In a large pot, combine the pumpkin, eggs, salt, and cheese and mix well over medium-low heat. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and starch and mix well. Immediately add the flour and starch mixture to the pot with the pumpkin, starting with 1 ½ cups, and continuously stirring while cooking over medium heat. Continue adding more until the mixture dries out a bit and comes together into a ball. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it for about a minute or 2. Press into a rectangular shape, about ½-inch thick, and let it rest for about an hour to dry out a bit.

Once the dough has dried, cut into 1 ½-inch squares and set aside, lightly covered in flour so they don't stick.

In a large sauté pan, heat 1 stick butter with a pinch of salt and begin to brown it. Add half of the sage leaves and fry until crisp, about 1 minute. Remove the sage and add half the gnocchi. Spoon butter all around, cooking for 2 minutes per side, until just crisp. Remove from the heat and keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining butter, sage, and gnocchi. Serve with Parmesan, a sprinkle of salt, and spiced pumpkin seeds or walnuts, if desired.

Pumpkin Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Pumpkin Cooking Tip

Vegetable should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.