Homemade Gnocchi with Browned Butter Sage

I know you wish this was on your plate right now instead of mine.  I don’t blame you.  Just looking at this photo reminds me of the crispy bits of sage, and browned salty, garlicky gnocchi that it makes me want more!  It was so delicious!

I have had the urge to make my own gnocchi lately and this recipe from Eating Well really made me want to make it more.  When I was making the gnocchi, Grumpy came out into the kitchen “famished”.  I told him if he could wait, he could have some of the gnocchi when I was done, but apparently he was wasting away to nothing and had to eat then and now!  He doesn’t know what he missed.  😉

So, if your following the WW plan, can you eat this?  You certainly can!  The recipe for the gnocchi itself is 5 points per serving.  Adding the butter sauce and Parmesan cheese (which are the only other ingredients that add points to your dish) only adds one more point to your meal.  So, you can have a serving of this for only 6 points.  Pretty good lunch if you ask me.  😉  Add an apple in there (which is no points) and you should be good and full!

If you have never made gnocchi before, please don’t be afraid of it.  This is the second time I’ve made it and this time around it was even easier.  Homemade is so much better than store bought!  Don’t worry if you think they are ugly, because your not a machine, each gnocchi is going to be unique.  I roll the tines of a fork across my gnocchi once I have cut the pieces, using a little flour if needed to prevent the stickies.  Grumpy tells me I’m suppose to use a pastry bag – “that’s how the chef’s do it” he says.  He insists he saw them do it on tv that way, but I told him that you need a dimple or some lines across those babies so they will catch the good sauces that you put over it!  He insisted I needed to do it like the “chef’s do on tv”, but I told him I was my own chef and would do it my way.  😉  In any case, whatever way you do it, make sure there is something there to catch those yummy sauces!

I used this recipe as a guide from allrecipes.com but adapted it with ingredient amounts to reduce calories and points.

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Gnocchi in Garlic Browned Butter Sage Sauce 
6 Weight Watchers Points Plus (calculated using Weight Watcher’s Recipe Builder)

  • Gnocchi Recipe or pre made gnocchi
  • 3 tablespoons Butter (salted)
  • 1/4 cup sage leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare gnocchi according to recipe or package instructions.
Place butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Once butter starts to bubble, place garlic and chopped sage leaves in skillet. Cook until garlic softens and sage begins to crisp.Add gnocchi in skillet. Cook over a slightly higher heat until gnocchi have crisped up. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time:  15 minutes Yield: 6 servings

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini October 13, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I enjoy gnocchi. Did Grumpy try the gnocchi?

    • honeyb October 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Val, he didn't eat any! I froze what was left and have a particular recipe in mind to make soon, so he will get to try it then. 🙂

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  3. Jersey Girl Cooks October 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    You reminded me that I need to make homemade gnocchi more often. Love this dish that you created and love that it's only 6 points even more.

    • honeyb October 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      🙂 I know Lisa, I need to make it more often too.

  4. averagemindlife October 17, 2013 at 3:10 am - Reply

    These look amazing – I have always made gnocchi in a boullion or a heavy sauce, but I appreciate the lightness of this recipe and the flavor compliment of the sage

  5. Coleens Recipes October 17, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I've never made gnocchi, yours looks delicious and YES, I wish that bowl was at MY house.

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