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Gnocchi with Lemon & Parmesan Sauce

Picture this: a pan sizzling with plump, golden gnocchi. You add a squeeze of fresh lemon, a generous sprinkle of Parmesan, and a dash of heavy cream, and suddenly, the air is filled with a delicious, mouthwatering aroma. That, my friend, is the magic of Gnocchi with Lemon Parmesan Sauce – a dish so simple yet so satisfying that it is unforgettable.

Gnocchi with Lemon Parmesan Sauce in a black serving dish.
Serve and enjoy.

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Gnocchi, little Italian dumplings traditionally made from potatoes, are a staple in many a comfort food list. This dish is no exception. It has a perfect balance of flavors: the tanginess of the lemon cutting through the richness of the Parmesan and cream, and the gnocchi serving as a delightful, pillowy vehicle for all these glorious tastes. Not to mention, it’s a breeze to prepare. For those evenings when you want something hearty and home-cooked but are too exhausted for complex kitchen adventures, this dish is your saving grace. Plus, who doesn’t love the creamy, citrusy combo of lemon and Parmesan?

Gnocchi with Lemon Parmesan Sauce in a black serving bowl

What you’ll love about GNOCCHI WITH LEMON & PARMESAN


  • This is a super fast side dish that’s loaded with flavor!
  • It’s creamy, cheesy, lemony – what’s not to love?
  • It pairs so well with so many different entrees.

Ingredients

Here’s your shopping list, along with a couple of handy tips:

  • Store-bought gnocchi: There’s no shame in buying pre-made gnocchi. Look for it in the pasta aisle of your grocery store.
  • Butter: I almost always cook with salted butter for an even distribution of salt flavor.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed is best. It adds a vibrant, fresh flavor that bottled lemon juice just can’t replicate.
  • Parmesan cheese: Go for a block and grate it yourself for the best flavor and meltability. Pre-grated versions often contain anti-caking agents that affect the texture.
  • Heavy whipping cream: This gives the sauce its creamy richness. If you want to lighten things up, half-and-half can be used, but the sauce won’t be quite as rich.
Labeled ingredients to make gnocchi with lemon sauce.

How To Make The Best Gnocchi With Lemon Cream Sauce

  1. Heat your butter in a large skillet until it’s nice and frothy.
  2. Add the gnocchi and brown them until they’re golden. This caramelization process contributes significantly to the dish’s overall flavor.
  3. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and allow the mixture to simmer for about 2-3 minutes. This helps to infuse the gnocchi with the cream’s rich flavor.
  4. Stir the lemon juice and freshly grated Parmesan cheese into the skillet and turn the heat down to low. Stir to coat the gnocchi in the sauce.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
A top-down shot of a plate of gnocchi with lemon sauce.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Always opt for fresh lemon juice over bottled. It gives a more vibrant and tangy flavor that really shines in the sauce.
  • Don’t rush the browning of your gnocchi. It’s this caramelization that gives the dish a depth of flavor. The gnocchi should be golden brown, not just lightly toasted.
  • Purchase a block of Parmesan and grate it yourself. I keep mine wrapped in parchment paper and then in the freezer to keep it fresh.
  • When adding the heavy cream, make sure to keep your heat moderate to avoid scorching the cream. A gentle simmer is what you’re looking for.
  • Don’t forget to season to taste with salt and pepper! This dish has rich ingredients, and proper seasoning will enhance them rather than overshadow them.
  • Serve the dish immediately after cooking to enjoy the gnocchi at their softest and the sauce at its creamiest.

Recommendations

Make It A Meal

Wondering what to serve with your Gnocchi with Lemon Parmesan Sauce? This is such a creamy, delightful dish with lots of flavor so it is best served with simpler meats. Think grilled beef, roasted meats, or simple chicken preparations.

Storage

Store any leftover gnocchi in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Warm it gently in a skillet and add a drizzle more cream to loosen the sauce.

Step By Step Process

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Gnocchi with Lemon Parmesan Sauce in a black serving dish.
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Gnocchi with Lemon-Parmesan Sauce

Silky lemony and cheesy sauce envelops tender pillows of gnocchi in this super simple dish that transforms humble ingredients into something extraordinary. Ready in just a few minutes, this dish is so easy and so good!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword gnocchi, gnocchi with lemon, gnocchi with lemon sauce
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 327kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 1 pound gnocchi store bought is fine
  • 2 tablespoons butter salted or unsalted
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a large skillet until it's nice and frothy.
  • Add the gnocchi and brown them until they're golden. This caramelization process contributes significantly to the dish's overall flavor.
  • Pour in the heavy whipping cream and allow the mixture to simmer for about 2-3 minutes. This helps to infuse the gnocchi with the cream's rich flavor.
  • Stir the lemon juice and freshly grated Parmesan cheese into the skillet and turn the heat down to low. Stir to coat the gnocchi in the sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

    • Always opt for fresh lemon juice over bottled. It gives a more vibrant and tangy flavor that really shines in the sauce.
    • Don’t rush the browning of your gnocchi. It’s this caramelization that gives the dish a depth of flavor. The gnocchi should be golden brown, not just lightly toasted.
    • Purchase a block of Parmesan and grate it yourself. I keep mine wrapped in parchment paper inside a freezer bag and then in the freezer to keep it fresh.
    • When adding the heavy cream, make sure to keep your heat moderate to avoid scorching the cream. A gentle simmer is what you’re looking for.
    • Don’t forget to season to taste with salt and pepper! This dish has rich ingredients, and proper seasoning will enhance them rather than overshadow them.
    • Serve the dish immediately after cooking to enjoy the gnocchi at their softest and the sauce at its creamiest.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 772IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg

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