Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, and we have a sneaking suspicion that, while you adore your significant other, you don’t want to cook a three course meal straight after work. Relax, we have you covered with a simple yet scrumptious recipe.

There’s nothing easier than gnocchi with brown sage butter. All you need is a pan, a pot and a source of heat – a hob is preferable but you can build a camp fire if needs must! You can add prosciutto if you like and after you’ve got the hang of browning butter – trust us, there’s nothing to it – you can add as many toppings as you like. Goat’s cheese, minced garlic, crispy shallots, the possibilities are endless!


  • 250g gnocchi
  • 75g salted butter
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped finely
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • 4 slices of prosciutto di parma (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A handful of grated parmesan


  1. Start by filling a pot with water, seasoning with salt until it resembles the taste of of seawater. Bring to boil, turn down to a simmer and add the gnocchi. They should take 2-4 minutes to cook.
  2. Add the butter to the pan, along with the fresh sage. Keep the hob on medium heat and watch it closely. It will foam up – that’s alright! – just remember to turn down the heat as soon as it turns golden brown with darker spots at the bottom.
  3. Add the prosciutto to the pan, letting it crisp up before draining the gnocchi and tossing it in too.
  4. Stir to coat the gnocchi in the sauce. Taste and add the seasoning as desired.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice and serve. Top with as much parmesan as you can handle.

Wine Pairing

A young red wine always pairs well with a creamy dish. We recommend a fruity Chianti, especially if you’re including the prosciutto.

Have you tried this recipe? Put your own spin on it? Comment below, we’d love to hear how you got on!