Pumpkin Gnocchi with Mushrooms


This mouthwatering pumpkin gnocchi, a warm and filling meal, is from chef Frank DeCarlo, of Peasant and Barcaro restaurants.


  • 1 small sugar pumpkin (1 ½ to 2 pounds), stem removed, halved lengthwise, and seeded

  • 2 cups "00" flour, plus more for work surface

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for serving

  • 1 ¼ cups freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped

  • 20 medium chanterelle mushrooms, trimmed

  • 8 fresh sage leaves

  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pumpkin halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet and fill each with 1 tablespoon water. Cover each half with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to oven and roast until soft, about 45 minutes. Let cool. Scrape pumpkin flesh from skin; discard skin.

  2. Mound flour in center of a large work surface; add 1 tablespoon salt and the nutmeg. Using a fork, mix until well combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add 2 cups pumpkin and 1 cup grated cheese to well. Slowly incorporate flour, beginning with inner rim of well. When flour is incorporated, gather dough together to form a rounded mass; knead mixture until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a cylinder about 1 inch in diameter; cut into 1/2-inch-long pieces. Transfer gnocchi to a baking sheet and cover with a clean, damp towel. Repeat process until all the dough has been used.

  4. Bring 6 quarts water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Generously salt water and return to a boil. Add gnocchi and cook until they rise to the top, about 4 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat and add butter and shallots. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until shallots are golden. Add mushrooms and sage; cook, stirring, for about 10 seconds. Add 1/4 cup pumpkin, chicken stock, heavy cream, and 1/4 cup grated cheese; cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi to skillet and toss to combine. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan and nutmeg.

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