As New Yorkers, we tend to think that our city is untouchable.

The rest of the Eastern Seaboard may be awash in floodwater, but we are eternally convinced that our little island will rise above. Somehow.

And in some ways…it always does.


In times of crisis, and I have been through a few, I am always struck by just how kind New Yorkers become.  They are willing to take their shirts off their backs, lend a hand, sit with a 90 year old stranger in the hospital for 12 hours to make sure he doesn’t pull out his catheter when the understaffed nursing team looks away for one second – whatever it takes to get our city back to some kind of normalcy.

We go from being a population that is typically (rightfully) stereotyped as icy, cold, rude, unapproachable, pushy, unimpressed…

…to one that is more like that of a small town in the south or the midwest on a typical Sunday, with people practically falling over themselves to help in any way they can.


It’s bittersweet in a way.

Yes, something terrible happened.  But it brought out the best in people.  And isn’t that amazing?


This dish is bittersweet also, with the butternut squash and radicchio battling it out to see which corner of your tastebuds will reign supreme.

It’s a truce if you ask me.  They are perfectly balanced with the biting edge of one submitting to the sweet and almost nutty antics of the other.  Yin and yang.  Just like all of us.

As longtime readers may know, every year, while other bloggers are celebrating the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I instead do the 12 Weeks of Winter Squash.  {At least} one winter squash recipe.  Every week. For 12 weeks.

I’m a bit late this year, mostly because to be in time for the holidays I would have had to start when everything was going on with my dad, but I’m here now.  And really…come January we’ll be happy to have all of these orange veggie recipes in our arsenals when we’re trying to get back to clean eating after the weeks of indulgence.

This year, joining me is the lovely Heather of Girlichef!  We will both be sharing winter squash recipes every week and we want you to join along too!!  We will be posting a linky every Monday that will stay up throughout the week so that you can add the winter squash recipes that YOU’VE posted as well! The more the merrier folks, so let’s get sharing!!

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Winter Squash and Seared Radicchio
Serves 4, adapted from Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen


  • 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lb)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 head radicchio, sliced into wide ribbons
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • a big handful of parsley leaves
  • 12 or more large sage leaves
  • 1 lb pumpkin gnocchi (or potato gnocchi, cheese ravioli, mushroom tortellini, etc.)
  • freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Dice squash into 1/2-inch cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.  Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of the remaining oil in a wide skillet.  Add the radicchio, season with salt, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender and no longer red, about 8 minutes.  Chop the garlic, parsley and sage together.  Add to the radicchio and saute for 1 minute more.  Toss the radicchio/herb mix with the squash in a large bowl.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the gnocchi until they start to float, about 2-3 minutes. Toss with the squash and radicchio.  Serve topped with the parmesan cheese.

I am submitting this to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Simona of Briciole.

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77 Responses to Pumpkin Gnocchi with Winter Squash and Seared Radicchio {12 Weeks of Winter Squash}

  1. That’s awesome to hear – I love that kindness and compassion prevail. =) So glad you made it through Sandy relatively unscathed. And now I wish I could have some of this mouthwatering gnocchi – total Fall on a plate! Here’s to the start of a deliciously orange 12 weeks =)

  2. Foodycat says:

    This looks so good! And this post is lovely – what a great tribute to your town.

  3. OohLookBel says:

    Lovely dish. And glad to hear you made it through the storm with a heartwarming perspective on human nature.

  4. Simply Life says:

    Oh I LOVE this post! That’s exactly how I always imagine New Yorkers to be- so glad to know it’s true 🙂

  5. Saguna says:

    I love this and I love the whole twelve weeks of winter squash project- I’ll definitely be looking out for your dishes and Heather’s as well in the midst of the plethora of cakes, cookies and peppermint flavoured anything and everything over the next few months!

  6. Beth says:

    I LOVE the idea of 12 weeks of winter squash!

    And I really believe that most people are good, and want to help when the need is there. How wonderful that New Yorkers are rallying around each other.

  7. london bakes says:

    I always think the same thing about London too – most of the time everyone ignores each other but, in a crisis, our real spirit comes out.

    Really excited about the 12 weeks of winter squash – this recipe is such a great starting point!

  8. Kim says:

    It wouldn’t be the holiday season with 12 weeks of winter squash! This is a beautiful dish. It’s just so pretty on the plate.

    So glad you’re okay and eating well!

  9. Johanna GGG says:

    Glad to hear your tone is upbeat – was thinking of you with the storm because you have had enough to cope with this year already.

    This sounds like a great meal – have had radicchio with gnocchi before and it worked but would be even better with pumpkin. Will look forward to your 12 weeks of winter squash – even though it is not winter I just keep on eating what we call pumpkin (which I think is like your winter squash)

  10. Lynn says:

    I visited New York City for the first time in December 2010 and then again in May 2011, when my niece was still living in a Manhattan highrise. I thought New Yorkers were delightful – without fail – delightful. So I’m not at all surprised to hear these wonderful stories of strangers helping strangers.

    Love this winter squash recipe – yummy.

  11. Danielle says:

    This sounds great – I am going to look for pumpkin gnocchi.

  12. Amy says:

    It is amazing, actually, how the entire country can feud over politics and religion, but then show such compassion in a time of crisis…the kindness of strangers, incredible. As is New York. So glad you got through it unscathed.

  13. Shannon says:

    So glad that you and yours are safe. I’m wishing you and other East-coasters the best as you all move forward through it all.

    – Shannon @

  14. Jenn says:

    Prayers for you once again, Joanne! Love the idea of 12 weeks of squash, too cute!

  15. kelsey says:

    get out of here with this. i need it.

    SO HAPPY you are safe.

  16. I love NY! Being from Buffalo, we understand storms, blizzards! Yuk!! Now that I’m in CA, I am happy to be here, but I do miss NY’s! There the best!

    Your dish looks wonderful! I wish I knew you could cook radicchio. I got a head of it from my CSA box and I didn’t know what to do with it! Darn it, and now it went bad!

  17. What a nice tribute to the kindness being shown to one another. Your recipe sounds wonderful for the cool weather of the season.

  18. I always love your winter squash recipes and one can never have too many. I will definitely keep up with you every week, although I may have to pull out favourites from the archives since I’ve scaled back my blogging. I still have probably 10 squashes in my kitchen.. yay for kitchen keepers!! 🙂

  19. 12 Weeks of Winter Squash is perfect – I am looking forward to seeing what dishes you and Heather post!

    I know what you mean about New Yorkers Joanne, they are the most generous and resilient people and there is no doubt will continue coming together to get their city back!

  20. Big Dude says:

    Glad to hear you made it through Sandy okay – some of the shots been shown this morning are aweful. The gnocchi dish looks delicious – we had a very flavorful sweet potato gnocchi dish at a restaurant last week.

  21. Dixya says:

    looks very delicious. I tried making homemade gnocchi and it wasn’t that bad, I am glad NY is doing fine now 🙂

  22. Elizabeth says:

    I saw this via Heather’s pinterest page. It looks fabulous, Joanne! Suddenly, I neeeeed to get some radicchio. (Winter squashes are already on-hand.)

  23. I always love hearing stories about strangers coming together to help each other out, and I’m also glad to hear everything went ok for you through the storm! Look forward to seeing more squash recipes!

  24. Good to hear from you so soon after Sandy. Living in the south I do know how we pull together in times like this, of course NYC does too! This looks amazing with the different textures and flavors. I would love to join in I just need to be very organized and get my bum in gear! 🙂

  25. Pam says:

    I love that everyone is pulling together to help each other out! I am also glad you stayed safe during the storm!!!

    This dish looks like a perfect fall meal. I love the flavors, colors, & textures.

  26. cquek says:

    love the analogy between tastes and seasons of life! plus, this looks legit and tasty!

  27. Kalyn Denny says:

    I LOVE the idea of 12 weeks of winter squash, and I’m drooling at this recipe.

    And I am so glad you are safe.

  28. Jenn Kendall says:

    i love that you are doing 12 weeks of winter squash recipes! this looks absolutely delicious Joanne!

  29. 12 weeks of winter squash (or any veggie) is a great idea!

  30. marie says:

    12 weeks of winter squash? I love it, much better than cookies anyway, or just have both right? I haven’t used radicchio in a long time, I love all these flavor and texture pairings.

  31. Love the idea of 12 weeks of winter squash. This dish looks great and I just love all the colors. Especially when it’s gray and bleak outside.

  32. Hannah says:

    Oh Joanne, I’ve been worried sick about you! Those reports have all been so dire, I was wondering how you were coping. I’m glad that you’re hanging in there… We’ve lost power over here too, but luckily no flooding in our home, and no trees fell on our house or car. There are downed wired blocking the end of street, but we stocked up on food and water beforehand, so we’re in pretty good shape. Stay strong, things will get back to normal, slowly but surely.

  33. Eileen says:

    Yay for squash! Gnocchi, man. I love it & need to make it way more often. 🙂 Glad to hear the city is pulling together! Not that that’s a surprise, right?

  34. Take care of yourself up there! Everyone I know in the city is no worse than shaken, but just tracking floods over the phone has been a bit harrowing. I can imagine how much worse it is for those folks without water or power, or just anyone who hasn’t been through this kind of storm before. I’m glad people are pulling together in the aftermath.

  35. Guru Uru says:

    I am so happy to hear you are all getting past it together my friend, please keep safe!
    But on a happier note, bringon the 12 weeks of winter squash, this looks gorgeous 😀


  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’m glad to hear you survived the storm and that NY is getting back on its feet. Will the marathon be going ahead? I have two sets of friends that have left here for NY for the marathon but I believe they are stuck in LA. Lovely looking pumpkin. I won’t participate because it’s not the season for us but I’ll enjoy watching from the sidelines! xx

  37. All this squash is making me soooo happy! Love this!

  38. Jessie says:

    I’m so glad you’re all right! In the midst of everything that happened in NYC, I’m so proud of how people have stepped up and helped each other. That’s true NY spirit (and I’m proud to be an original New Yorker!).

    Love radicchio AND squash … hmm, I think I must make 🙂

  39. Dana says:

    Glad you are staying dry, safe, and still have power. I love this recipe!! I haven’t made in years but it’s a favorite of mine. I know we both have deep deep love for the Deborah Madison lady.

  40. Reeni Pisano says:

    Love that there is pumpkin gnocchi with butternut! Two things I can’t seem to get enough of right now!

  41. Alisa says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to NY Joanne. You have been through so much. The beautiful squash recipe really seems secondary to your sweet and amazingly thoughtful writing today.

  42. I enjoy your 12 weeks of squash even more than cookies! I’m so glad you’re safe, Joanne. What devastation. Power is so taken for granted!

  43. These gnocchi look awesome! So glad you are safe and sound and cooking in NY!

  44. My heart goes out to those affected by the hurricane. I’m glad your safe and well!! I definitely thought of you when I heard of the tragedy in NY!! And yes you’re right, sometimes bad things bring out the best in people 🙂 That’s a great way to look at it!!

    Anyway, this pumpkin gnocchi looks amazing Joanne! 12 weeks of winter squash! That sounds like fun!! 🙂

  45. So glad you fared well with the storm. Aren’t people amazing? Winter squash is amazing too, in a different sort of way. Looking forward to 12 weeks of it. 🙂

  46. That Girl says:

    The warmth of this dish seems perfect of the end of the cold/wet spell that had been plaguing the Eastern Seaboard.

  47. 12 Weeks of Winter Squash?! You girls are awesome! And how did you know that gnocchi is my most favorite thing ever?!

  48. Kari says:

    It’s nice to hear that NY’ers are pulling together after such a wave of destruction. I share that bittersweet feeling when those kinds of things happen – I get it even when ambulances go by and cars all end up on the verge.

    I’m impressed with this recipe and will look forward to your future ones too 🙂

  49. Yay! I live in Alaska, and winter squash is some of the only decent local produce left already. So glad you are posting at least 12 recipes! I have a major need for some creative uses!!!

  50. Faith says:

    Definitely bittersweet, but you’re right, I love how a disaster has a way of bringing out the best of humanity.

    This dish looks so good…beautiful and hearty, and the perfect balance of flavors!

  51. Great post – hopefully New Yorkers will get a better reputation now 🙂

  52. Glad you’re okay! NYC looks scary under all that water…

    I am going to try to make gnocchi from scratch using pumpkin 🙂 wish me luck!

  53. Just happened upon your blog. This looks DELICIOUS! Great photos too. I’ll be back.
    Hope all is well with you and yours in NY!!

  54. Tandy says:

    I am amazed always how tragedy shows the true face of a community! Have a great run on Sunday 🙂

  55. I just wanted to say that I think it’s incredible that you come up with such creative and lovely dishes You’re like a fountain of delicious knowledge, JO!

    I hope you can find me on FB, I’ll find ya back =)

  56. Donna says:

    Can’t wait to see what each squash-y week brings!

  57. Erica says:

    I love the addition of radicchio! great textures and flavors here, Joanne!Glad to know that you are o.k!

  58. Cara says:

    Why not 52 weeks of winter squash? kidding 😉 sorta. I look forward to your big bad (that means good) orange recipes every year and I can’t to see everyone else’s contributions too!

  59. It is amazing how people band together in times of trouble. I fortunately (or unfortunately?) was on my honeymoon during this horrific time and didn’t get to experience either the kindness of strangers, or the weather!

    This recipe looks simply amazing for fall. I didn’t know you did 12 wks of squash, but I’m SO excited to check back for your other recipes 🙂

  60. We are big gnocchi fans here and would love to try pumpkin ones – i like the combo of the gnocchi with butternut squash and radicchio, very yummy.

  61. Blond Duck says:

    I’ve never tried gnocchi!

  62. Well, Joanne, I admire your perseverance – and the food looks incredible! I was hoping for one of your compelling reads – got it, but none of the lengthy vivid ones today… I do believe you have made your own gnocchi before. Am I right? The dish looks divine and it is cool to see Heather doing this with you this year!

  63. daphne says:

    Pumpkin delights- I can’t wait for all the recipes and write ups! That will be very festive indeed. Hope you are safe and still churning out lovely good from your kitchen!

  64. Chris says:

    Tough situations bring out the best and worst in people. I like to focus on the best part.

  65. I love all the veggies you through in here. II could crawl right in.

  66. Lori says:

    Happy to read your thoughts on storm and I’m especially glad to hear that you are a-ok. Considering I hadn’t been there for 15 yrs and just visited a few weeks ago, it was unreal to watch the stories and photos unfold. This dish looks amazing and I had completely forgotten about the 12 weeks. I’m excited all over again!

  67. Laura says:

    I’ll take 12 weeks of winter squash anytime! Looks wonderful.

  68. This looks like a beautiful dish Joann. I’ve been thinking about you a lot over this past week. I can’t imagine what your city is going through. Big times hugs sent your way.

  69. As a big fan of squash, I am really digging this 12 week concept! And also the simplicity of this beautiful meal!

  70. This dish looks so tempting, even just via my computer screen! So glad to have found your blog!

  71. Shannon says:

    Always good for squash recipes 🙂 this looks delicious, and although i’m not usually a fan of radicchio i’d love to dig right in!

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  76. A cook from NY says:

    Lovely dish. We loved the combination of the sweetness from the butternut squash with the bitterness from the radicchio. It worked well together!

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