Gnocchi in a Spicy Pumpkin Sauce



Fall has finally come back around but unfortunately for me, I don't get to experience it. I don't get to see the leaves change colors, mainly because there are no trees here. There are also no pumpkin patches or apple orchards nearby and their idea of apple cider is a jug of apple juice with "apple cider" written on the front. So needless to say when it comes to the feel of fall, this place is lacking.


I made homemade gnocchi for this but you can use the prepacked stuff. Something about the pumpkin and the potato just screams fall to me. I will be honest that I was a little nervous on a pumpkin pasta but this was so good that there were no leftovers by the end of the night.



  • 1/2 lb gnocchi
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine/butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 c. vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c. skim milk
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package, set aside.
  2. Saute onion in medium sized pot over medium heat with butter for 3 minutes or until the onions turn translucent. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  3. Add sage, vinegar, vegetable stock, red pepper flakes and pumpkin. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add milk and Parmesan. Toss in the gnocchi until warmed through and covered in sauce.


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13 comments:

Vittoria said...

This looks so delcious! I am always looking for new ways to use pumpkin, thanks!

Joanne said...

If you want, I'll mail you some orange leaves. You can thumbtack them around your neighborhood so it will feel more like fall :P

This gnocchi looks amazing! So impressed that you made it yourself! I'm always a lover of pumpkin sauce.

Reeni said...

Your gnocchi look perfect! And I love the pumpkin sauce! I ♥ all things pumpkin!

Brenda said...

I'm so impressed you made your own gnocchi. I really should do that. This looks amazing!! I'm so used to eating pumpkin in pie or cookies or muffins, I forgot how much I love it in savory dishes too.

Cafe Groenhout said...

Yum! I love gnocchi in any sauce but pumpkin -- ooh! :)

I feel ya on the "missing the changing of seasons." As you can imagine, the palm trees aren't changing colors, there's DEFINITELY not a breeze/cooler temps, and, well, the only pumpkins you can "pick" are at the commissary. :)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I think this looks wonderful! I might just try this! I so love pumpkin and I think it sounds wonderful over pasta!

Simone +Jarrod said...

pls post the gnocchi recipe! they look awesome

Chef Aimee said...

Oooh that looks delicious! This time of year there is no such thing as too much pumpkin!

Beth said...

The pumpkin sauce sounds fantastic. Sorry you're missing fall -- it really is a beautiful season.

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight. One daughter and I thought it was delicious. The other daughter said she really wasn't a fan of the pumpkin. Haven't heard the review from my husband, but I do believe I will make this again.

the cape on the corner said...

wow, that looks good and sounds deelicious!

i hope you try out that bacon choc chip cookie! seeing as you like to try new recipes, i hope you try it and blog about it. now i am totally hungry for one...wish you could send me your finished product, lol! thanks so much for stopping over and commenting. i really appreciate it!

Bo said...

I have been craving some pasta with pumpkin sauce...sounds great...and homemade gnocchi.

Naturally Me Creations said...

This sounds really interesting.... :)