Heartbreakingly Fast Food: Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter

It’s a school night, you want to go and see a film after work, but that means getting home starving at 9.30 and in a rush to eat. However, if you don’t find the time to go and see the film it will have disappeared under the new releases in a few days so, well, you go. Or at least I do. And last week I saw Heartbreaker (L’Arnaqueur) which is an oxymoron in action: a laugh-out loud French film (okay, Le Diner de Cons was hilarious too). Yes, it’s a silly rom-com, a cross between something Richard Curtis would think up and Meet the Parents, but I’ve never heard a Curzon audience laugh quite so much.

By the time I got home I was happy and hungry. And since I have recently discovered the fact that fast pasta sauces work with gnocchi too, I made the following.

You will need (per person):

120-150g of gnocchi

handful of fresh sage leaves, washed

big lump, say about 30-40g, of unsalted butter (I find that salted butter makes the sauce too bitter)

salt and freshly ground pepper

Ignore the lemon; I put zest in but it was totally lost. A pointless addition.

1. Put the gnocchi into a pan of boiling water. Cook for a couple of minutes until they start bobbing on the surface. Take off the heat and drain.

2. Meanwhile melt the butter over a medium heat until it starts to froth and then throw in the sage leaves.

The sage starts off flat and green...

Cook until the sage becomes crispy and the butter turns slightly brown, about four-five minutes in total. (Sorry, both my pictures of this are completely blurred!)

3. Mix warm gnocchi with hot sage butter sauce and season with salt and pepper. Heartbreakingly simple.

...and ends up crisp and curled.

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