Gnocchi with Kabocha, Walnuts, and Scamorza

Gnocchi are tossed in a quick sauce made from fresh kabocha winter squash, toasted walnuts, and smoked scamorza cheese. Each ingredient has a particular smoky and nutty flavor that, when combined, create a symphony in your mouth!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
5 servings


  • 1 ¾ pounds kabocha squash

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large shallot, minced

  • ¼ cup chopped raw walnuts

  • ½ cup Scamorza cheese

  • 1 pound potato gnocchi

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 5 tablespoons grated Grana Padano cheese


  1. Cut kabocha squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and any stringy flesh. Remove the stem and peel the outer skin. Dice the flesh.

  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add minced shallot and diced squash. Cook over medium heat until completely softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add walnuts. Cook and mash until smooth. Add scamorza cheese and cook until cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook gnocchi in the boiling water until they float to the top, 2 to 4 minutes.

  4. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the gnocchi out of the water and into the sauce. Use a bit of cooking water to thin out the sauce, if necessary. Toss to coat the gnocchi. Do not stir; this could break or deform the gnocchi.

  5. Divide the gnocchi among 5 plates. Top each plate with a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tablespoon Grana Padano cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
19g Fat
32g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 188mg 14%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 194mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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