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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Brown Butter

40 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giada
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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With the beautiful bright orange sweet potato gnocchi and a nutty brown butter sauce infused with sage and maple syrup, this dish almost feels like the Italian version of candied sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. You'll want to coat just about everything in this delicious sauce.

This gnocchi creates a very soft dough; that's what makes it so supple and pillowy! When rolling it out, make sure you use extra flour on your work surface to make it easier to roll and form.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Brown Butter

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Brown Butter

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Prep Time

40 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


Giada De Laurentiis


    For the Gnocchi:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/3 cup for the work surface
  • For the Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 20 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet sprinkled with flour. Set aside.
  3. Pierce the sweet potato with a fork. Bake the sweet potatoes until tender and fully cooked, between 40 to 55 minutes depending on size. Cool slightly. Cut in half and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Mash the sweet potatoes and transfer to a large measuring cup to make sure the sweet potatoes measure about 2 cups. Transfer the mashed sweet potatoes back to the large bowl. Add the ricotta cheese, salt, cinnamon, and pepper and blend until well mixed. Add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time until a very soft dough forms. Generously flour a work surface and place the dough in a ball on the work surface. Divide the dough into 6 equal balls. Roll out each ball into a 1-inch wide rope, sprinkling it with extra flour to make it easier to work with if necessary. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces. Roll the gnocchi over the tines of a fork or a gnocchi board. Transfer the formed gnocchi to the prepared baking sheet. Continue with the remaining gnocchi.
  4. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted add the sage leaves. Continue to cook, swirling the butter occasionally, until the foam subsides and the milk solids begin to brown. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the cinnamon, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Careful, the mixture will bubble up. Gently stir the mixture.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the gnocchi in 3 batches and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon or kitchen spider, transfer the cooked gnocchi directly to the brown butter sauce. Toss in the butter to prevent them from sticking, and continue with the remaining batches and serve.
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