This Creamy Pesto Gnocchi is so robust and flavorful. The recipe comes together in minutes for an easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!
This is a quick and easy variation for Gnocchi Genovese, which traditionally uses a mortar and pestle. We're speeding things up with the food processor. This was made with my healthy vegetarian pesto recipe, which adds so much fresh flavor.
You can also use store-bought pesto to save on time, but if you have an extra 10 minutes, I promise it's worth it!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It's quick and easy and takes less than 20 minutes to make
- The gnocchi and pesto are a match made in heaven
- This recipe uses simple and minimal ingredients
- It is the perfect easy weeknight dinner
Gnocchi- A potato dumpling that has a delightful chewy texture and tastes amazing smothered in pesto.
Pesto- Rich, bright green sauce that is made up of fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, and pine nuts. You can make my vegetarian pesto recipe or buy a store bought version.
Heavy Cream- Adds a creaminess to the sauce.
Parmesan Cheese- Nutty cheese that packs so much flavor. It's one of my favorite cheeses too!
Olive Oil-Cooks the garlic and shallot to perfection.
Red Pepper Flakes- Infuses just a touch of spice into the olive oil
Garlic- Adds a flavorful punch.
Shallot- A more subtle flavor than onion and pairs well with garlic.
What to Pair with the Recipe:
This recipe would go really well with a salad like my Peach Burrata Salad.
Need a beverage? Try my Cranberry Sangria or just a glass of Chardonnay will do wonders.
How to Make Creamy Pesto Gnocchi:
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Here are the Step by Step Instructions for this Gnocchi and Pesto recipe.
Step 1: If you are making homemade vegetarian pesto, start with that recipe. (It only takes 10 minutes). Otherwise, store bought is fine.
Step 2: Start boiling the water in a large pot for the gnocchi. Once boiling, add in the gnocchi and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Look at the package instructions for the exact time as it can vary for different brands. Strain into a colander.
Step 3: Into a skillet over medium low heat, add in olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot, add in shallot, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes, but do not allow the garlic or shallot to burn.
Step 4: Pour in the pesto and cream. Stir and allow it to warm up for a minute.
Step 5: Add in the gnocchi and turn heat down to low.
Step 6: Toss in the parmesan cheese and gently stir to incorporate.
Time to Serve!
Yes! You only want to cook the gnocchi for a few minutes or it will turn into mush. If boiled, it only needs to cook for about 3 minutes. Follow the package instructions to be exact.
This recipe uses homemade pesto, which is a combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil. Heavy cream is added into the sauce to add just a touch of creaminess.
Gnocchi tastes amazing in this creamy pesto, and don't forget to try my Creamy Italian Sausage Spinach Gnocchi recipe too. It uses a cream sauce made from chicken stock and heavy cream.
Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I'm not going to lie, I've been eating my leftovers straight out of the container. It almost tastes like pesto pasta salad and it seriously tastes delish cold. Of course, you can heat it up in the microwave or on the stovetop in a pot too.
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