Pumpkin gnocchi, The Pasta Queen
For a decadent restaurant-quality meal at home, look to fresh pasta made daily by Sacramento's Pasta Queen. Pumpkin gnocchi ($7 for 12 ounces) made for an autumn-tastic meal—and literally came together in a minute. Boil the little orange pillows in water for 30 seconds, strain and dump them into a hot pan with melted butter and chopped sage for another 30 seconds. Done. The gnocchi maintains a light, creamy texture—falling apart on your tongue into a subtly sweet, squash-flavored pool. Best of all, the Queen delivers for free on Fridays. (916) 502-2305, www.facebook.com/thepastaqueen.