Remember that time I made homemade gnocchi?? Well, one batch I smothered in an incredible vodka sauce and the other batch I froze. Then I forgot about it until… oh the other day. Yah, turns out gnocchi freezes REALLY well (if you check the date on those posts – we’re talking almost a full year, well)! hah

Anyhow, I wanted to do something different than the typical red sauce, and was feeling the whole garlic parmesan combo.

I wanted to keep it a litte lighter though, so instead of adding cream, I added a little bit of the starchy cooking liquid. It. turned. out. amazing. Hubs couldn’t believe their wasn’t any cream in it! It was creamy, garlicky, and delicious (my kind of pasta!).

You guys, this meal is SOOOOOO easy. 4 ingredients (not including salt & pepper) and it came together in about 15 minutes!  Easy. Peasy. Deliciousness.

Next time I think I’ll add just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to give it a bright finish (and because I’m obsessed with citrus!)!

Hello gorgeous…

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Gnocchi in Parmesan Garlic Sauce

Yield: 3-4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Total Time: 15-20 minutes

Gnocchi, Parmesan, Garlic, and butter - does it get any easier?!


1 pound gnocchi (or other pasta)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/4 cup cooking liquid*
fresh cracked pepper

*Cooking liquid is just the water that you cooked your pasta in. it's salted and starchy and makes for a great thickener.


Cook gnocchi according to the package instructions (I like to salt the water). Be sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute (stirring constantly. Add the cooked and drained gnocchi, top with parmesan, and cooking liquid. Stir until nice and creamy. Reduce heat to a low simmer and allow the liquid to reduce (about 3-4 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Voila! Dinner is served! Pair this is a nice bright salad and call it a day!