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Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Serves 12

Total Time
3 hrs

Serve tender sweet potatoes with a mixture of spinach and mushrooms, flavored with broth and Parmesan cheese, for a meatless holiday main dish.

Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
 3 pounds orange-flesh sweet potatoes (often labeled
 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
 2 teaspoons kosher salt
 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  About 3 cups flour
 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
 1 tablespoon minced garlic
 1/4 cup sliced shallots
 1 pound mixed mushrooms such as chanterelle, cremini, king trumpet, matsutake, and oyster*
 2 cups vegetable broth
 3 tablespoons butter
 12 ounces baby spinach leaves
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
Step 1

Make gnocchi: Drain ricotta in a strainer over sink, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups sweet- potato purée (save extra for another use), strained ricotta, sugar, cheese, salt, and nutmeg. Gently stir in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.

Step 3

Working on a floured surface, divide dough into 8 portions. Roll each portion with your hands into a 15-in. rope, then cut into 1-in. pieces, sprinkling dough with flour if it gets sticky. Transfer gnocchi to a rimmed tray lightly dusted with flour.

Step 4

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Working in batches of 15 to 20, drop gnocchi into water, stirring to prevent sticking, and cook until gnocchi are firm and float to top of water, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi to a strainer and then to a lightly oiled rimmed pan to cool.

Step 5

Assemble gnocchi: Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi to pan and cook, stirring often, until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large serving dish.

Step 6

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tbsp. oil in a second large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic and shallots until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, butter, spinach, salt, and pepper; cover and cook until spinach wilts, about 3 minutes.

Step 7

Spoon vegetables over gnocchi and pour in broth. Sprinkle with thyme and half of parmesan. Serve with remaining cheese.

Step 8

*Leave whole any soft mushrooms such as oysters and slice or quarter large, dense mushrooms like the cremini and king trumpets.

Step 9

Make ahead: Prepare through step Cover and chill up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 weeks.

Step 10

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 364Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 5.3g27%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 1021mg43%
Total Carbohydrate 49g17%

Dietary Fiber 4.2g17%
Protein 14g29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.