Vegan Gnocchi in Butternut Squash Sauce
September 11, 2020
Super simple pan-toasted vegan gnocchi in a sweet, smoky, silky butternut squash sauce that’ll blow your mind. The gnocchi are deliciously moreish with just the right amount of chew and bounce – you’ll want a second helping for sure!
- Prep Time: 60
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 - 4 servings 1x
- 550 g maris piper potatoes
- 1 large butternut squash
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Pinch flaky sea salt
- 25g raw unsalted cashews
- 115 ml vegetable stock
- 25g vegan butter
- 120g plain white flour
- 1/2 t fine sea salt
- ¼ t chilli flakes
- ½ t ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200c.
- Wash the potatoes and insert a metal skewer through the centre. Arrange on a baking tray.
- Halve the butternut squash and remove the seeds then place on the same baking tray as the potatoes. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with the flaky sea salt. Place a clove of garlic in the seed hole of each half. Place the tray in the oven for an hour.
- While the squash and potatoes bake, prepare the sauce ingredients. Place the cashews in a medium bowl and cover with just-boiled water. Cover with a plate and leave to soak. Place the vegetable stock and the vegan butter in the cup of a high-speed blender and set aside – don’t blend anything just yet.
- Now prepare the gnocchi ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix together the plain white flour and the fine sea salt. Set aside.
- Once baked, remove the potatoes and butternut squash from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Slice each potato in half and scoop out the cooked inside and place in a medium bowl. Discard the potato skins and mash the flesh until very smooth. Add the flour and salt mixture to the mashed potato and mix well to form a dough. Knead the dough for a minute. The dough should be smooth and should not be sticky. If the dough is sticky, add an extra tablespoon of flour and knead well.
- Divide the dough into quarters and roll each quarter into a long thin snake. Slice each snake into small, 1cm nuggets. Once all the dough has been divided into nuggets, start rolling the nuggets down a gnocchi board or the back of a fork, one at a time, to create ridges. Sprinkle the formed vegan gnocchi with a little flour to stop them from sticking together. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add a good pinch of salt.
- Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh from inside the butternut squash and place this into the cup of the high-speed blender which contains the vegetable stock and vegan butter. Add the roasted garlic cloves too. Finally, drain the soaked cashews and add these to the blender cup too. Blend everything together at high speed until completely smooth. Set aside.
- Boil the gnocchi in two batches. When one batch is done, remove the gnocchi from the water using a slotted spoon or a spider and place the cooked gnocchi into a bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil to stop the gnocchi from sticking together and repeat the process with the second batch. Reserve the gnocchi boiling water.
- Once the gnocchi is boiled, place a medium frying pan over high heat. Add the gnocchi and fry for around five minutes, stirring often. Your vegan gnocchi is done when it’s lightly browned. Reduce the heat under the frying pan to medium and add some of the blended butternut squash sauce. Stir to cover the gnocchi. Add a ladle of the gnocchi boiling water to thin the sauce out and continue to simmer for a minute until it’s smooth and glossy.
- Remove from the heat and serve your vegan gnocchi with some chilli flakes and black pepper.
Four steps to perfect vegan gnocchi! Let’s do this!
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Bake Your Potatoes!
Some people boil potatoes for vegan gnocchi, but that introduces a whole extra load of water which can ruin the texture of your gnocchi. This recipe used baked potatoes instead, which are always fluffier and make for beautifully light gnocchi. We’re also roasting some butternut squash for the sauce, so it’s super economical to bake them too!
Skin and Mash the Potatoes
Once baked, slice the potatoes in half and remove the flesh. It should be super soft and fluffy, so very easy to mash. Use a masher or a fork to mash the flesh until very smooth.
Add The Flour
It’s best to add the flour a little at a time. You may not need all the flour – you may need MORE flour, depending on how much moisture was retained by your potatoes. You want to aim for a dough that’s lovely and smooth but not sticky. If it’s sticky, add some extra flour!
Shape the Vegan Gnocchi
The easiest way to shape gnocchi is to divide the dough into quarters and roll each quarter into a thin snake. You then need to cut the snake into around 1cm nuggets. To get ridges on the gnocchi, you can either roll them down a gnocchi board or just use the back of a fork.
Boil the Gnocchi
We’re almost there! Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the gnocchi in two batches. When one batch is done, remove the gnocchi from the water using a slotted spoon or a spider and place the cooked gnocchi into a bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil to stop the gnocchi from sticking together and repeat the process with the second batch.
Fry the Gnocchi
The gnocchi are now technically ready to eat, but I love to fry them off before dressing with a sauce. Throw the gnocchi in a hot frying pan and fry until golden brown.