This fried gnocchi is cheesy, fluffy, crispy, and perfectly cooked, making it a decadent and cosy meal for autumn. It’s paired with kale and butternut squash for a hearty yet healthy meal. Plus, it’s simple to make, so you’ll want to keep this dish in your repertoire.
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With the help of an air fryer and a nonstick frying pan, this fried gnocchi dish is ready in less than an hour. Pan-fried gnocchi is an excellent choice when you’re short on time during the week yet want a satisfying homemade dish.
You can keep any uncooked gnocchi in the freezer for a couple of months, so you can easily whip up the recipe anytime.
If you’re wondering how to cook gnocchi, know that frying gnocchi is one of the best options. By frying these pillowy pasta bites, you’ll add a textural intrigue that elevates the dish. Instead of soft, soggy boiled gnocchi, you’re left with golden brown pockets of potato that even picky eaters will enjoy!
Butternut squash is a favourite ingredient for making fall gnocchi recipes. It’s a seasonal ingredient that adds a sweet, creamy flavour to dishes. You can also use other squash, like acorn or delicata, in place of butternut.
Gnocchi is the star of the show in this pan-fried gnocchi recipe. You can use the standard potato option or spice it up with sweet potato gnocchi. Alternatively, you can try your hand at homemade gnocchi if you have extra time.
Freshly grated parmesan will add a bold and delicious taste to fried gnocchi. However, you can also use the pre-grated variety.
I prefer to use unsalted butter for this gnocchi squash dish, as it allows you to adjust the salt level to your preference. If you use salted butter, you can skip adding salt later.
Tasty and aromatic, minced garlic is an easy way to add flavour without including a calorie-dense sauce. You can also add red pepper flakes for extra flavour and a hint of heat.
This vitamin and mineral-rich ingredient help boost the nutrients in the dish. If you want to avoid removing the middle stem, opt for baby kale.
See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.
If you’re wondering how to pan-fry gnocchi, this section will ensure your fried gnocchi is cooked to perfection. Ensure you start with a nonstick pan, as this Italian pasta is known for being sticky after it’s boiled. Heat the oil in the pan for a minute (or coat the gnocchi in the oil while in the pan) and allow them to brown. The key to lightly crispy gnocchi is allowing it time to cook in the hot pan before flipping it to the next side.
If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or dairy-free, you can make a few easy swaps for this fried gnocchi dish to make it compatible with your diet. Swap out the parmesan for nutritional yeast or a vegan parmesan option. You’ll also want to swap out the regular butter with vegan butter. Use both ingredients in a 1:1 ratio to create this gnocchi and butternut squash dish.
3. Then, for maximum crispiness, remove half of the gnocchi and coat the gnocchi remaining in the pan in ½ tbsp of olive oil. Leave for 5-7 minutes to fry until golden and crispy on one side (Image 3).
4. Set the gnocchi aside and repeat with the other half, adding another ½ tbsp of olive oil (Image 4).
During this time, your airfryer timer should go off, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper over the butternut squash and cook for another 10 minutes.
5. Now add kale, butter and garlic into the pan to fry for 2 minutes (Image 5).
6. Then add the crispy gnocchi back into the pan, along with the roasted squash. Season with salt and lots of pepper. Sprinkle over a generous amount of parm and top with fresh basil. Dig in! (Image 6).
Here are some more recipes I made with gnocchi for you to try ; Crispy Roasted Gnocchi with Chorizo and Vegetables, Tomato Mascarpone Gnocchi with Roasted Veg and Walnut Romesco Gnocchi
Gnocchi is an Italian pasta that’s similar to a dumpling. The dough is made from flour, eggs, and potatoes. However, wide varieties are available, including sweet potato, cauliflower, and pumpkin gnocchi. These gnocchi options can also be used for other pan-fried gnocchi recipes, like Homemade Pan-Fried Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
Yes, this recipe is healthy! Sure, you’re using butter/olive oil to create the fried gnocchi. However, it’s only in small quantities, which is okay in moderation. Plus, this dish has plenty of nutrients and micronutrients packed into the squash and kale! Serve with this Halloumi Salad for an extra special meal.
Yes, you can pan-fry gnocchi. For more information, check under the section on how to fry gnocchi. Here, you’ll find details on what to use for perfectly golden gnocchi every time.
Yes, toss your gnocchi and veggies into a nonstick pan and heat until completely warm. Ensure you only make enough gnocchi for two days, as cooked gnocchi does not last longer than this in the fridge.
You can freeze the ingredients separately for this Gnocchi butternut squash dish. Separate the kale, butternut squash, and uncooked gnocchi into containers before freezing. Once the gnocchi is cooked, it becomes sticky quickly and then soggy. Ensure you’re only saving uncooked gnocchi in the freezer for the best outcome.
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