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Mar 17

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts

This looks and tastes incredibly elegant for a dish that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. It’s good enough to serve to company, but fast enough that you won’t mind throwing it together after a long day at work. Although this is a “Winter Recipe” according to Cooking Light, it was surprisingly light and fresh tasting, even with the butter sauce. I certainly wouldn’t mind eating it throughout the Spring and Summer months! If you’re unfamiliar with gnocchi, it’s a pasta made primarily from potatoes, with flour and sometimes other ingredients mixed in. I was excited to find that my grocery store carries whole wheat gnocchi, which has slightly better nutrition information than the average variety.  This is a great dish and the Parmesan cheese finishes it off beautifully. I absolutely recommend this for any occasion you’d like to whip up something that looks impressive with minimal time and effort. To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts

This dish looks and tastes upscale but comes together quickly and easily!


  • 1 (16 oz) package of whole wheat gnocchi , (you can use regular potato gnocchi if you can’t find whole wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach, torn
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated


  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add pine nuts and cook for 3 minutes or until butter and pine nuts begin to brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add gnocchi and spinach and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until spinach is wilted. Stir in salt and pepper. Divide evenly onto four plates and sprinkle each serving with 1 T Parmesan cheese.


To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
309 calories, 42 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 12 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 11 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (scant 1 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 10 SmartPoints/ Blue: 10 SmartPoints/ Purple: 10 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
slightly adapted from Cooking Light’s 91 Easy Winter Recipes 2011, Canadian Edition

8 comments on “Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts”

  1. I loved this!!! I made it last night for dinner and it was delicious and so easy to make. I added a little more garlic and mushrooms as well.


  2. Yum, I love mushrooms. Glad you liked it! I couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was.

  3. this was DELICIOUS!!!! seriously, it was love at first bite!
    i made them with allison and she added some sweet italian turkey sausage- it was so good!

    once again girl, a total success!


  4. Ooh, I bet it would be great with sausage. I’m so glad you ladies loved it! 🙂

  5. do you think that this would be good with sweet potato gnocchi?

  6. My Nonna added a punch of nutmeg to her gnocchi and it made the simplest of ingredients that much better.

  7. If I use regular gnocchi will it change the PPV?

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