Recipes from My Kitchen

Dinner – 29 minutes or less!

Welcome back!  I am back from the holiday break and ready to be in my kitchen again 🙂  Tonight I made one of my favorite Pampered Chef recipes from a book called “29 Minutes or Less (vol 2)” and I have made it several times.  This is a ricotta gnocchi with a garlic and brown butter sauce – and really it’s the only way I’ll eat gnocchi (traditionally, it’s considered a pasta and you boil it – but that’s too squishy for me – it very much resembles a dumpling).  Gnocchi can also be made with potato (white, mashed), sweet potato, or different types of squash.

Mix ~1 C ricotta with a splash of lemon juice, one egg, some salt, and ~1/2 C flour.  You might need to add a little more flour so it’s not too sticky to work with (or keep some handy for your hands) – but roll the dough into small balls onto floured parchment (just to keep them workable).


Melt a little butter (~1 T) with some olive oil in a pan – when it’s hot, add in the gnocchi and brown thoroughly on each side.

This recipe makes about 45 gnocchi – it was plenty to feed 5 people; you might need to keep adding the butter/oil combo as you cook the gnocchi – make sure there’s enough in pan so they don’t burn. (When they’re done, they will slightly resemble pan-seared scallops!)

After they’re all cooked, add quite a bit of butter (~half a stick for 5 people) to the pan and heat until melted and begins to brown.  As soon as it’s cooked (2-3 min), remove from heat and add in a splash of lemon juice, some crushed red pepper, and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic.

To serve – layer a plate with fresh spinach, gnocchi on top, and drizzle with garlic butter sauce.  This meal always gets rave reviews!  You will not be disappointed 🙂