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Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 1x


This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter, and pepper make the tastiest easy weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest.


  •  1 pound packaged gnocchi (for gluten-free, use gluten free gnocchi)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil, seasoned with about 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and boil until they float, about 2 to 3 minutes. Save out 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the gnocchi and keep it in the strainer while you quickly make the sauce.
  3. In the same pan, melt the butter with the pepper and heat it over medium heat for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and heat for 1 minute.
  4. Add the gnocchi back to the pan and add the Pecorino cheese. Stir for a minute until a creamy sauce forms. Serve warm, garnished with more Pecorino.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta