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Gnocchi with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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Delicious pillowy gnocchi swimming in a silky creamy sauce that’s laced with thyme and loaded with little slips of garlic butter-browned mushrooms! Oh, this is so good.

This recipe is sponsored by DeLallo.

Say hello to a steaming bowl of gnocchi swimming in a silky creamy sauce that’s laced with thyme and loaded with little slips of garlic butter-browned mushrooms. Dust the whole thing with Parm and some freshly ground black pepper… it’s elite.

My Love Letter To This Mushroom Gnocchi

Can you make a core memory at age 29? Because years ago I went on a brand trip with the Italian food brand DeLallo, and we all sat around the dining table in this beautiful 100-year-old house eating big steaming bowls of gnocchi with heavy scoops of creamy mushroom sauce.

And as a result, I haven’t stopped thinking about creamy mushroom gnocchi since 2015.

It’s silky, it’s comforting, it tastes like the holidays and home.

This whole thing is minimalist and elegant; easy enough for a weeknight but also 100% holiday-ready.

I’ve made this for dinner club (“gnocchi night” which will be talked about for years to come), and also for a family-style dinner with my parents, served with pan-fried chicken where everybody went back for seconds. I’ve also eaten this on my couch in my sweats while watching TV at the tip-top peak of coziness. It can dress up or down.

DeLallo gnocchi is my go-to for store bought gnocchi, but a few other gnocchi ideas to make it just how you want: homemade potato gnocchi, store-bought cauliflower gnocchi, or homemade cauliflower gnocchi! If you want a dairy free sub for the heavy cream, try a knob of this cream cheese melted into the sauce. And for serving, I never say no to this simplest little green salad.

How To Make This Dreamy Gnocchi

1

Sauté the mushrooms and garlic.

Butter and thinly sliced mushrooms go in the pan – once they’re browned up nicely, garlic comes in to join the party.

Sautéing mushrooms and garlic in a nonstick pan.

2

Add cream, broth, and thyme.

Make those mushrooms into a sauce! Besides the cream and broth, I like to also add a small amount of cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce a bit so that it really clings to the gnocchi in the pan.

Adding cream and thyme to the pan with mushrooms.

3

Add cooked gnocchi.

I use the DeLallo mini gnocchi which is delightful in every way. Cook it, toss it in there, and give it all a big stir. Pull out your thyme sprigs, add your Parmesan.

Stirring gnocchi into creamy mushroom sauce in a pan.

4

You’re done! Yum!

Get this into some comfy pasta bowls and top with lots of Parm, salt, pepper, and little bits of thyme! So good.

Creamy mushroom gnocchi in a bowl with parmesan sprinkled on top.

Watch How To Make This Gnocchi

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Mushroom gnocchi in a bowl with a fork.

Gnocchi with Creamy Mushroom Sauce


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Delicious pillowy gnocchi swimming in a silky creamy sauce that’s laced with thyme and loaded with little slips of garlic butter-browned mushrooms! Oh, this is so good.


Ingredients

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Creamy Mushroom Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 16 ounces white button or baby bella mushrooms, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (+ an additional 1/4 cup as needed)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Gnocchi

  • two 16-ounce packages gnocchi, prepared according to package directions (I use DeLallo and I love their mini-size gnocchi for this!)

Instructions

  1. Cook the mushrooms and garlic: Melt the butter over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms; sauté until golden. Once they’re golden, add salt – this will draw out some of the water. Cook the mushrooms down so some of the water can evaporate. Add garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Make your sauce: Add broth, cream, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for 5-10 minutes. Add cornstarch slurry to thicken. (This is a good time to boil your gnocchi if you haven’t already.)
  3. Add your gnocchi: Remove thyme sprigs from the sauce; add Parmesan and stir to melt it in. Add your cooked gnocchi and gently stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper; add additional broth if needed to keep the sauce nice and silky.
  4. You’re done! Yum. Scoop hot, steamy, saucy gnocchi into bowls, top with Parm, salt, and pepper, and enjoy your life.

Notes

If you like a higher ratio of mushrooms to sauce / gnocchi, you can use more like 1.5, or even just 1, package of gnocchi. As written, this will make enough to serve 6-ish people.

If you want to go all out and use homemade gnocchi in this (drool), here’s a guide to making homemade gnocchi!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: gnocchi, mini gnocchi, mushroom gnocchi, creamy mushroom sauce, mushroom sauce

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Frequently Asked Questions For This Gnocchi

Can I make my own gnocchi?

Sure can! We actually have an entire how-to on making your own gnocchi.

What can I use instead of mushrooms?

This is a delicious sauce even without the mushrooms (though it adds that delicious umami flavor that I love!), but if you want a veggie of some kind, sautéed spinach would work well.

Can I make this gluten-free?

DeLallo also sells delicious gluten-free mini gnocchi! Just swap those in for regular gnocchi and you’re good to go.

Three More Ways To Use Gnocchi


Thank you to DeLallo for sponsoring this recipe!

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15 Comments

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight, I had everything, used oyster mushrooms and deglazed the pan with white wine. Other than that followed the recipe. It was DELIGHTFUL!!!!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey Lindsay,

    This delicious Gnocchi with Creamy Mushroom Sauce recipe looks and sounds absolutely divine. The combination of pillowy gnocchi and that silky, thyme-infused mushroom sauce is a perfect match for dinner.

    Anyone who tries this out for a cozy dinner at home will be beyond satisfied I’m sure of that. Thanks for sharing such a mouth-watering recipe. 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thanks for posting this recipe, my mom have done it once when I was a child and the post made me remember the taste.
    I’ll definitely try throughout this week.
    Also appreciate the amount of details in the ‘ingredients’ section.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I have dried thyme on hand, can I use that instead of sprigs? How much would you recommend of dried if usable?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      The general rule of thumb is to use about 1/3 of the amount of fresh herbs called for in the recipe. I would probably just do about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon since they thyme sprigs get removed!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I just found this recipe and it sounds perfect for us! I will try it this week and let you know. Thank you for posting it!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was really delicious and easy! I made half the recipe (thank you for the great feature on here that allows you to cut it in half btw) and used light cream, 10oz of mushrooms and a 12oz bag of fresh Rana gnocchi. I ended up cooking the gnocchi in the liquid in the pan which worked great and made this a one-pot dish. I wish I had added more mushrooms– they were so delicious! Will make this again.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Ohmygosh, this was unbelievable!
    I was having a busy night so I had my husband make it as it sounded pretty straightforward, and wow it’s so impressive for how simple it is. We halfed the recipe since it was just us 2, but man oh man, we could’ve eaten the whole recipe in one sitting. BIG DELICIOUS!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love! Accidentally forgot to get thyme so did it without, and it was still a super delicious NYE dinner alongside our Prosecco. Cheers to fun-to-cook meals and all things mushroomy.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Super simple and tasty. I also make this sauce and throw over pasta for my kiddos who are on a gnocchi strike

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was amazing! One of my favorite (and one of the easiest) Pinch of Yum recipes so far. My partner and I both love mushrooms so this was a hit for both of us.