Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gnocchi and Walnuts with Creamy Gorgonzola Wine Sauce

While most of my recipes are reasonably healthy and low in saturated fat, now and then it's healthy to just let go and indulge. I'm for moderation, not deprivation.

Here is a recipe that I make occasionally, when I crave some rich and warming comfort food.


1 pound frozen, refrigerated, or shelf-stable potato gnocchi
1/3 cup walnut pieces
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese (approx. 4-6 ounces), divided
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dry white wine (plus additional as needed)
Pinch of dried chives (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (preferably Italian flat-leaf parsley)

Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring, until the walnuts are lightly toasted. (The walnuts can turn too brown very quickly, so watch them carefully.) Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the cream over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Add 1/2 cup of the gorgonzola cheese, the Parmesan, and the wine, and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, until the gorgonzola is melted.

Add the gnocchi to the cream mixture, along with the remaining 1/2 cup of gorgonzola, the wine, the toasted walnuts, the chives (if using), and salt and pepper to taste. (Go easy on the salt, as the cheese is quite salty.) Toss lightly over medium to medium-low heat for a 2-3 minutes to combine all the flavors. If the sauce seems too thick, add more white wine, 1 tablespoon at a time, to desired consistency.

Toss in the parsley, and serve immediately.

-- 4 servings


  1. Hi Mary, I've just come across your blog via Vegie Mama's Meatless Monday linky – you have some great recipes here!

    I have just started a vegetarian blog of my own and am interested in like-minded bloggers to share ideas and inspiration. Please drop by if you get a chance.


  2. Visiting from Foodie Friday. I would so gladly eat this! Delicious!

  3. I've never made a gorgonzola cream sauce... sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.