Another EASY recipe using my favorite pasta, gnocchi! You don’t have to use gnocchi if you can’t find it or don’t like it. See the Tips and Tricks section below the recipe to see possible pasta substitutions.
What is Gnocchi?
Gnocchi is traditionally a dumpling style pasta made with potatoes. There are many versions that I love to make from scratch, however, it’s quite a task. This recipe uses pre-made gnocchi to enable you to have a delicious and filling dinner, super fast!
12 oz. pre-made gnocchi (I used this frozen gluten-free version by Capello’s)
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into approximately 1/2 inch cubes.
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, pepper (for seasoning and overall taste adjustment)
1 fresh lemon, juiced (or approximately 4 tablespoons lemon juice)
4 tablespoons butter (I used Earth Balance vegan butter sticks)
Optional: Vegan Parmesan cheese (I grated some Violife Just Like Parmesan Wedge onto ours), fresh herbs like chopped basil
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
Peel and cube the sweet potatoes
Place the sweet potatoes on baking sheet lined in parchment paper. Drizzle with the tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at the half way point of bake time.
Place the gnocchi on a separate baking sheet lined in parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring at the half point of baking. NOTE: The amount of time your gnocchi needs to bake is determined whether it was frozen or not. Frozen may need a bit more time; unfrozen may need less time. Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower gnocchi always needs a bit more baking time, as I’ve experimented with it too.
Make the sauce: Melt the butter on low heat in a small skillet or saucepan. Add the lemon juice. Gently stir to combine. Set sauce aside (or leave it on a low simmer heat until you are ready to use it).
When the sweet potatoes and gnocchi are done, place in a large bowl and pour the sauce on top. Stir well to coat.
Place a serving in a bowl, top with vegan parm, fresh herbs and addition pepper if desired. Eat and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
Use 12 oz. penne pasta in lieu of the gnocchi. Or, you can truly use any kind of pasta!
Not vegan? Use regular butter instead.
Need some greens? Add some fresh spinach to the bowl when combining the sweet potatoes and the sauce. It will wilt a bit, adding even more nutrients to your meal!
My husband and I LOVE this dish and will often double it so we can have leftovers for lunch the next day.