Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Brown Sugar Vanilla Cream Sauce

April 21, 2011


So, I’m really disappointed. I had taken dozens of glorious photos for this post but somehow managed to delete nearly all of them before they could make it onto my computer.

I don’t know exactly what happened. Guess I’ll chock it up to having my head in a million places, running around trying to- as Liz Lemon would say- “have it all!”  Sigh. Or maybe, and I suspect this is the real reason, it’s because I’ve been  guiltily sneaking off to watch Girls Aloud videos and neglecting my household duties. I’m a lost cause. But I did manage to pull this off.


Though, this dish was slightly confused. You see, it wasn’t sure whether it wanted to be dinner or dessert.


The gnocchi was hearty and savory enough for a meal. But the brown sugar vanilla cream sauce tasted like a caramel syrup.  I say it was dessert masquerading as dinner.


Whatever it was, it was delicious. And I didn’t need any sweets afterward.


1 package sweet potato gnocchi (frozen or fresh)

1/2 Tablespoon butter

1/8 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup grated parmesan

a pinch of salt

Directions: Prepare the gnocchi and set aside.  In a sauce pan on medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar. Add the cream and vanilla until heated through and very fragrant. Add the gnocchi to the sauce to coat. Top with parmesan and a pinch of salt and serve.


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TheIronYou July 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

I tried the recipe: delicious! Thank you for posting it.
Anyway, I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes, I recently write an article on their health benefits, check it out: http://www.theironyou.com/2011/04/sweet-potato-hollywoods-stars-favorite.html


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Wonderful! Thank you! Can’t wait to read it.


David from SaladPride May 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Super yummy!


Dina April 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

that looks delicious!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Thanks, Dina!


jen April 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Ooh, vanilla cream, very intriguing and unique :)


Laurie @SimplyScratch April 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

This looks so simple and delicious!


Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner April 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Jen, these photos are BEAUTIFUL!! And oh dear, now I could really go for a plate of sweet potato gnocchi :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Thank you so much, Andie!


Liz @ IHeartVegetables April 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

That looks SO good! I’ve only had gnocci once but I loved it! I want to try it again!


Clarissa April 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Pesto gnocci is my favorite but I’ve ordered cinnamon gnocci before as a snack and it is SO GOOD! So I can imagine this would be amazeballs too!


Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

I’ve been wanting to try gnocchi forever – this recipe looks interesting – YUM!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

That looks insanely good! I tried making my own sweet potato gnocchi for Christmas dinner last year… it was ok… but let’s just say that if I never see this packaged version, I’m opting for it instead.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

I actually highly recommend this packaged version. Found it at Harris Teeter so keep your eyes peeled!


Aparna E. April 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

Is there anything you make that doesn’t look and sound delicious? (don’t answer that haha). This is beautiful!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

Awww, thanks Aparna! You’re the sweetest! :)


Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc April 21, 2011 at 9:05 am

This is totally lovely. What can be better than having a dessert-yet-not-so-dessert kinda dinner? Love it!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thank you, Kayla! I totally agree! Love having dessert and dinner all in one meal! ;)


Jenny (The Housewife Project) April 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

Mmmm….wow, this sounds decadent.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

It was super rich, so a little went a loooong way. ;)


brandi April 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

that sounds so good! i love sweet potato gnocchi – I need to try making my own sometime.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 21, 2011 at 9:42 am



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