Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce

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Human beings are fairly predictable. We generally do things for others, for one of two reasons, to GIVE or to GET.

It doesn’t really matter what the action is; giving or getting is always the underlying motivation.

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Sadly it’s most common to give in order to get. If you watch people closely you can usually read their intentions. They are after title, promotion, acceptance, favors, money. Their smiles and efforts are alluring, but their agenda is purely selfish.

Yet if you don’t lose hope, along the way, people will surprise you!

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As a parent, you get to watch this glorious development in your children. For the first several years, they only give to get. They want instant gratification.

When it isn’t available, tantrum!

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Then slowly, they learn to give for the sake of giving. They offer a plucked garden flower, simply because they know it will make you happy. They mention you in their bedtime prayers, protective of mommy and daddy. They share candy or a trinket with a friend who doesn’t have any.


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Offering words, time, affection, a listening ear, even money, for the sole purpose of giving, is truly divine.

Sometimes it feels like a sacrifice in the process, but when you look back on it, and see the impact your gift has made on others, the reward is rich.

When you offer a gift to someone and receive no personal benefit, it restores faith in the recipient’s heart.

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Homemade gnocchi is this kind of gift…

It is not quick.

It is not (terribly) easy.

It takes time, determination and patience.

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce is a labor of love.

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These tiny melt-in-your-mouth pillows of heaven are a simple act of giving.

Gnocchi shows anyone you serve them to, that they are special. They are worth your time and effort. Not because you want something from them, but because you love them!

I can’t think of another pasta that offers such sublime flavor and delicate texture as Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce. The Whiskey Cream Sauce is spectacular in its own right.

Silky. Robust. A perfect coating for the most luxurious of pastas!

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Make Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce for someone you love, just because. (But give yourself ample time to prepare it!)

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. ~Albert Einstein

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5 from 5 votes

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce

Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
Rustic, yet luxurious, Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce Recipe!
Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 512 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 1068mg 45%
Potassium 900mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 414.2%
Vitamin C 50.4%
Calcium 27%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 small butternut squash, about 1 pound
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh thyme leaves for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut the squash in half. Remove the seeds and lay on an oiled, rimmed baking sheet. Roast the squash until soft, 30-40 minutes. Scoop the flesh of the squash out and place it in the food processor. Puree until completely smooth.

  2. Mix the pureed squash with parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper and eggs. Then add the flour into the mixture and work together by hand. It will be very sticky.
  3. Once smooth, flour a work surface and a large piece of parchment paper. Flour your hands and grab a handful of dough. Roll into a long rope, about ½-inch wide. Cut the rope into ½-inch pieces.

  4. Place each piece in the palm of your floured hand (or on the cutting board) and gently roll with a fork to create ridges. Place each piece on the floured parchment paper and repeat with the rest of the dough.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Boil half the gnocchi, then remove and repeat. With each batch, boil until all the gnocchi floats, about 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, heat another large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and 2 tablespoons flour, whisk until smooth. Then add the shallots and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes. Then add the bourbon and chicken stock.
  7. Whisk and raise heat. Bring the sauce to a boil. Allow the sauce to reduce down to a thin gravy-like consistency. Then lower the heat to medium-low and add the cream. Salt and pepper to taste—usually about 1 teaspoon of salt.
  8. Once the gnocchi are finished cooking, remove them with a skimmer and place them directly into the cream sauce. Stir to coat. Serve the gnocchi warm and garnish with fresh thyme leaves.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If the cream sauce thickens too much, add a little water from the gnocchi pot to thin it out.

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70 comments on “Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce

  1. Lauraposted October 11, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply

    This was so good. A lot of work but truly one of the best recipes I have ever tried!

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  3. Gn Imagesposted October 25, 2016 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Sounds yummie a must try ?

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  5. Sandra Leaposted October 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Wow, gnocchi are one of my most favorite things to eat and with this whiskey cream sauce it just puts it over the top. Can’t wait to try it.

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  12. Samanthaposted April 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm Reply

    These look amazing! But if you are making them for any sort of group (pot luck, Thanksgiving, etc) please consider making it with vegetable stock. This is the sort of thing vegetarians will get really excited about and reach for. A good veggie stock will taste just as good (or better) I promise!

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  16. Ashleyposted April 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply

    I meant to make these on Easter, but my squash went bad! So I made them yesterday…and I’m glad they turned out so tasty! It was a lot of work (not something I’d normally tackle on a weeknight) but they were incredibly flavorful. The sauce was great, and the flavor from the roasted squash really was wonderful. I love the addition of fresh nutmeg. Yum! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted November 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm Reply

    Hey Elana~ Sorry to respond so late, I've been gone all day. It makes 4 good sized servings! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  20. Elanaposted November 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm Reply

    I'm planning on making this tonight- but I was wondering how many servings it makes?

  21. Peggyposted November 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I hope to one day try out my gnocchi making skills! You definitely had me at whiskey cream sauce! Putting this on my "to-do" list as we speak!

  22. BakingWithoutaBoxposted November 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm Reply

    You had me at whiskey cream sauce. But oh, good gnocchi, so hard to find. Yours looks wonderful!

  23. The Mom Chefposted November 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I've made them once and I agree, they are a labor of love. Yours are so much more complex than mine and I don't think I could even attempt them. They're gorgeous though.

  24. SashaInTheKitchenposted November 4, 2010 at 2:05 am Reply

    Oh yum this looks amazing. I am making butternut squash risotto tomorrow night but this looks terrific. I love making gnocchi – i did sweet potato last year. you got this perfect!

  25. Katrina V.posted November 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Woah, those look delicious. I've definitely never tried making my own gnocchi before, but you might have given me the courage to attempt it…

  26. sweetlifeposted November 3, 2010 at 4:50 am Reply

    fantastic, fantastic recipe, i love gnocci and it truly showers any recipent with affection, a meal this outstanding perfect for those you love, the cream sauce has me salivating, lol\\sweetlife

  27. Paradisiac Meganeposted November 3, 2010 at 4:34 am Reply

    I have never made gnocchi before, but now I really want to! I'll have to try this out! http://beast-ro.blogspot.com/

  28. Susiposted November 3, 2010 at 2:27 am Reply

    I absolutely adore this post! It is beautifully written and I agree with everything you said! Your gnocchi look incredible and the sauce is making me weak in the knees. I've never made gnocchi myself but I think I really need to attempt this and surprise my husband with a special dinner :o)

  29. Pacheco Pattyposted November 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm Reply

    I enjoyed reading about your feelings on giving versus getting and how naturally children can evolve into givers by giving thoughtful and simple things. Now for the gnocchi, you're correct this dish involves labor but what a lovely and delicious outcome. Gorgeous pictures as usual:)

  30. Annaposted November 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm Reply

    I looooooove butternut squash gnocchi, it's light and so yummy. The Whiskey sauce sounds like a great idea.

  31. M @ Betty Crapperposted November 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm Reply

    The step by step illustration is great. I've never made gnocchi before. It definitely looks like a meal whose prep should be shared with someone special and a glass or two of wine.

  32. Loraposted November 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm Reply

    wow. fantastic recipe. thanks!

  33. blackbookkitchendiariesposted November 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm Reply

    this looks super delicious! thank you for sharing this.

  34. Priya Sreeramposted November 2, 2010 at 11:27 am Reply

    superbbbbbbbbb recipe and yes truly a labour of love! loads of wishes to u n family!

  35. Cherineposted November 2, 2010 at 9:10 am Reply

    Awesome gnocchi!!

  36. Sanjeeta kkposted November 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Have made potato Gnocchis but this sounds interesting.

  37. Gitteposted November 2, 2010 at 11:13 am Reply

    You totally had me at Gnocchi. Looks amazing!!

  38. Carolynposted November 2, 2010 at 10:21 am Reply

    Wow, I am so impressed! Those look so delicious, and the amount of work you put into them! Just gorgeous.

  39. Marisaposted November 2, 2010 at 4:00 am Reply

    I loved your words on giving and getting. Your homemade gnocchi and sauce looks so good, I keep going back and looking at the photos–I want to take a bite of my computer screen! I enjoy making gnocchi from scratch…the trickiest part for me is getting those nice lines with the fork. I still need some practice with that! Great post.

  40. baking.serendipityposted November 2, 2010 at 3:21 am Reply

    This sounds fantastic! I have never made my own gnocchi before but this post is definitely inspirational. Thanks for the gift of the recipe :)

  41. lauraposted November 2, 2010 at 3:19 am Reply

    This is just beautiful, Sommer – and sounds absolutely amazing. I made semolina gnocchi a few months back and it was a bit of work, but completely worth it, as I am sure these are as well. The sauce sounds incredible! ( :

  42. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted November 2, 2010 at 3:16 am Reply

    A labor of love indeed! I've never made gnocchi and will have to try one of these days. I like that you added the squash to it. Combined with the whiskey cream sauce, it sounds wonderful!

  43. Claudiaposted November 2, 2010 at 1:08 am Reply

    Oh Sommer – what a sweet post! And delicious. Love the sauce. Love the gnocchi – and they are not easy – mine always land like a rock! So Brava to you.

  44. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Havingposted November 2, 2010 at 12:51 am Reply

    Beautiful post and beautiful gnocchi!

  45. Emily Zposted November 2, 2010 at 12:45 am Reply

    This is awesome! I am thus far a little scared of trying to make my own gnocchi but I think it would be worth the effort for this dish. Great recipe!

  46. Julie M.posted November 2, 2010 at 12:24 am Reply

    Beautiful snaps for a beautiful dish! I can only imagine how tasty it was.

  47. [email protected]posted November 2, 2010 at 12:04 am Reply

    This looks amazing! So rich and flavorful. You totally had me at bourbon!

  48. coolbloggerposted November 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm Reply

    This is awesome and appreciate the effort u had put to make this lovely dish

  49. Dimahposted November 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely fantastic!

  50. Gourmet Gadget Galposted November 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm Reply

    That's cool! I make gnocchi differently but yours is much more attractive so I am going to take the lesson. I think your dish looks like the best comfort food and I love the idea of bourbon in the sauce.

  51. Stellaposted November 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Awe, you're so right and so sweet, Sommer;-) I mean, about the getting and giving thing. And your gnocchi looks wonderful. That color is really pretty.
    I love making gnocchi, but it is a labor…of something (smile). Hmm, who can I invite over and force to make it with me…?!

  52. Chow and Chatterposted November 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm Reply

    wow this is a first class dish BRAVO

  53. Mikaposted November 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm Reply

    I have to try your whiskey sauce, seems wonderful…

  54. Evan Thomasposted November 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm Reply

    These sound decadent and delicious!

  55. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted November 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm Reply

    What a special dish. Gnocchi are on my list to prep pretty soon, too. I love the combination with the whiskey sauce. Just beautiful. Thanks.

  56. Janposted November 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Wow! These are gorgeous! I made some butternut squash gnocchi recently, but they were part potato, part squash. I think I'll give these a try next.

  57. Victoria K.posted November 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm Reply

    I've had pumpkin gnocchi, but never butternut squash. I completely agree that sometimes you must take the time to make a special meal like this to show them how much you care. There's nothing more satisfaying than a bunch of happy, full bellies :)

  58. Evan @swEEtsposted November 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm Reply

    I am determined to try gnocchi one of these days! Mountain Man and I had high hopes for our butternut squash but instead of yummy pasta it became soup. ha

  59. Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Parisposted November 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm Reply

    I must confess I have never made gnocchi, but this recipe is a "family-pleaser", so I'm gonna try!

  60. Devakiposted November 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm Reply

    A labor of love indeed Sommer! The whiskey cream is stellar and the butternut squash is perfect for the season!

    Such a lovely combination of flavors :)

  61. 5 Star Foodieposted November 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Terrific seasonal gnocchi! And I'm loving the idea of the whiskey cream sauce!

  62. apiciusapprenticeposted November 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm Reply

    *bows to the master! This is unbelievable. So beautiful and I can imagine how wonderful it tasted! As usual, the photos are awesome.

  63. Angie's Recipesposted November 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm Reply

    I am not exaggerating it…this looks heavenly!I am bookmarking this to try!

  64. Katerinaposted November 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm Reply

    These squash gnocchi indeed look perfect. I know what you mean by saying labor of love. They take time and effort to be made. You offerede something special to your family by making this dish from scratch.

  65. High Plains Driftersposted November 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm Reply

    heading out to Sunflower Market to get a metric ton worth of squash! thanks!

  66. Eileenposted November 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm Reply

    I've never made gnocchi. Even with the "warning" that it's not as easy as (you make it look) I think I'm up for it. The look delicious! Great post, and your theory, so true.
    Have a great day!

  67. Kristenposted November 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Wow. Those look wonderful. Gnocchi isn't a quick throw together meal, but it's always worth the work.

  68. Belinda @zomppaposted November 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Sweet. Love the post and the meal. Some people never quite learn this lesson!

  69. Sophieposted November 1, 2010 at 11:27 am Reply

    It is indeed a labour of love!! MMMMMMM,..Your pumpkin gnocchi look so delectable, my friend!

    That whiskey cream sauce looks amazing & ooh so appetizing too!

  70. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted November 1, 2010 at 9:24 am Reply

    This truly is a labour of love. I've made gnocchi, but not as often as I'd like to – it is pretty labour intensive. Never with squash though. The whiskey cream is stellar! Just such a beautiful combination of flavors :)