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Gnocchi and Asparagus with Sage and Lemon Butter

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 80g salted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • a small bunch of fresh sage chopped
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 500g gnocchi
  • 250g asparagus trimmed and cut into 3cm lengths
  • 50g parmesan grated


  • Boil a large pan of salted water.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan on a high heat and add the butter. When it starts to brown (after around 1.5 minutes), add the sliced garlic and chopped sage. Cook until the sage begins to crisp at the edges, around 1 to 2 minutes. Add the juice and zest of the lemon, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from the heat.
  • Cook the gnocchi and asparagus in the boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes (or until the gnocchi rises to the top). Drain in a colander, then toss in the sage butter until all coated.
  • Serve in warm bowls, sprinkled with the grated parmesan.
  • Enjoy with some crusty bread!


  • Enjoy this gnocchi and asparagus with sage and lemon butter with some fresh homemade bread - see our recipes in the link below.
  • The recipe is easily adapted if you’re cooking for less or more people.


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Keyword asparagus, butter, gnocchi, Italian sausages, lemon, quick meal, vegetarian