The cold weather has officially set in around much of the U.S., calling for heartier meal ideas to warm up. Survive the cold with this filling, savory recipe. It uses a seasonal main ingredient, sweet potato, as the base for the gnocchi. And if a brown butter sage sauce with pancetta doesn't warm you up, nothing will. 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce and Pancetta

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Servings:25
  • Medium


  • 2 cups mashed or canned sweet potato
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 3/4 cup cubed pancetta
  • shredded parmesan
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  • Step 1

    Combine the mashed sweet potato, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

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  • Step 2

    Begin adding flour by the 1/2 cup to your sweet potato mixture, mixing well after each addition. It'll probably be easier to mix using your hands. Continue adding flour until it feels like a pasta dough (smooth, not too sticky).

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  • Step 3

    Once you've mixed in all the flour you need and have a soft dough that's not too sticky, begin to separate it into six equal, round portions.

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  • Step 4

    Before starting on the next step, fill a large pot with water and some salt and set it to boil. On a surface dusted with flour, begin rolling each of the six rounds into logs that are 1/2 - 1 inch thick and 7 - 10 inches in length. Use a knife to cut the logs into 1 - 1 1/2 inch pieces, dusting the knife to prevent sticking.

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  • Step 5

    When the water has come to a boil and all the gnocchi are cut, reduce the heat so it is at a simmer and prepare to drop in the gnocchi. Do this in stages, dropping only a third or a half of them in at a time. You can expect the gnocchi to sink to the bottom, so use a spoon to keep them from sticking there. After about five minutes, you can remove the gnocchi from the water.

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  • Step 6

    While your second batch of gnocchi are cooking, add 3/4 cup of cubed pancetta to a pan with no oil. Cook on medium heat for about five minutes, until the pancetta pieces are crispy and slightly browned. Remove the pancetta from heat and set aside.

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  • Step 7

    After all your gnocchi are cooked, heat 1/2 cup of butter in a sauce pan. Add in the chopped sage. Keep it on a medium-low heat until sauce starts to brown and smell nutty. Lower the heat and add finished gnocchi and crispy pancetta.

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  • Step 8

    Top gnocchi with your desired amount of cheese and dig in.

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