Gnocchi with Butter Thyme Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1 (1-pound) russet potato

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large egg, beaten to blend

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup shaved Pecorino Romano

Directions

  1. Cook the butter in a heavy medium skillet over medium heat until it begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the thyme leaves. Set aside.
  2. Pierce the potato all over with a fork. Microwave the potato until tender, turning once, about 12 minutes. Cut the potato in half and scoop the flesh into a large bowl; discard the skin. Using a fork, mash the potato well. Mash in the salt and pepper. Mix in 3 tablespoons of the egg; discard the remaining egg. Sift the flour over the potato mixture and knead just until blended.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece between your palms and the work surface into a 1/2-inch-diameter rope (about 20 inches long). Cut the dough into 1-inch pieces. Roll each piece of dough over a wooden paddle with ridges or over the tines of a fork to form grooves in the dough.
  4. Cook the gnocchi in a large pot of boiling salted water until the gnocchi rise to the surface, about 1 minute. Continue cooking until the gnocchi are tender, about 4 minutes longer. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to the hot thyme-butter in the skillet. Toss to coat.
  5. Spoon the gnocchi and butter sauce into shallow bowls. Top with the Pecorino and serve.