Gnocchi alla Senese

Gnocchi alla Senese
  • 4Servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage with fennel, casings removed
  • 1 cup walnut halves, chopped
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto di Parma or prosciutto crudo, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brandy or vin santo (Tuscan fortified wine)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, thinly sliced
  • 2 packages (12 to 16 oz. each) good-quality gnocchi (from the refrigerated section)
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the gnocchi.

In a large skillet, heat the oil, one turn of the pan, over medium-high. Melt the butter into the oil. When the butter foams, add the sausage and walnuts. Cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, until the meat and nuts are browned, about 8 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and stir until fragrant, another minute or two. Add the prosciutto and rosemary. Stir until the prosciutto is heated through, another minute or two. Add the brandy and stir to deglaze the pan. Add the cream and sage. Bring the sauce to a bubble, then reduce the heat to low.

Salt the boiling water. Add the gnocchi; cook until they float. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to the sauce; add the cheese and parsley and toss to coat. Serve in shallow bowls.