Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Garlic-Sage Butter over Wilted Spinach


A delicious dish for fall! Pillowy gnocchi made with a combination of butternut squash and potato tossed in a garlic- sage butter and served over a bed of wilted fresh spinach. Top it all off with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and you have yourself an elegant meal!

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Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • ½ pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

  • 2 bunches fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Pour water into the pot of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and place a steamer basket inside. Place butternut squash and potatoes in the steamer basket. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Use a pot holder to remove the steamer basket and set aside to allow the squash and potatoes to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  3. Press the squash and potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl. Add egg and salt, and mix thoroughly. Sift about 1 1/2 cups of flour over the mixture and mix to combine. If the mixture is still sticky, add a bit more flour until it comes together. Turn out mixture onto a well-floured surface and knead slightly, adding more flour until the dough is no longer sticking to your hands or to the surface.

  4. Divide dough into 4 parts. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and dust with flour.

  5. Take 1 piece of dough and roll it into a 1/2-inch thick rope on the floured surface. Cut the rope lengthwise into 1/2-inch pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time, roll each piece down a floured gnocchi board to make ridges. Transfer gnocchi onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Place baking sheets in the freezer while you prepare the sauce and spinach.

  6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  7. Meanwhile, place wet spinach in a large skillet over medium heat. Cover and allow condensation to build until the spinach starts to wilt, about 3 minutes. Remove lid and stir the spinach until wilted and the pan begins to dry. Divide spinach among 4 serving plates.

  8. Combine butter and olive oil in the same skillet that you cooked the spinach. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture begins to foam. Add sage, garlic, and red pepper and swirl the pan to combine. Remove from heat.

  9. Cook gnocchi in boiling water until they float, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the skillet with the garlic-sage butter. Toss lightly to coat. Place gnocchi on top of spinach on the serving plates and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Instead of a rice, you can use a food mill, using the disc with the largest holes.

You can roll gnocchi over a fork instead of a gnocchi board.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

572 Calories
23g Fat
79g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 572
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 1484mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 73mg 364%
Calcium 319mg 25%
Iron 9mg 48%
Potassium 1467mg 31%

* 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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