Pesto Gnocchi

Pesto Gnocchi

This pesto gnocchi proves very simple ingredients can be used to make a delicious dish! Not only is it very flavorful, but the gnocchi pasta is delicate and soft. Making gnocchi from scratch is a rewarding, hands on experience, but it definitely takes some effort.  This being said, using store bought gnocchi is much easier and quicker.  I highly suggest making homemade gnocchi if you have the time, however!

 

AuthorLily ClapperCategory, , DifficultyIntermediate

Yields5 Servings
Prep Time45 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

Gnocchi
 8 small Yukon Gold potatoes
 2 cups flour
 1 egg
 ¼ tsp salt
Pesto Sauce
 1 fresh basil leaves or 1/4 cup dried basil
 1 olive oil
 1 parmesan cheese
 2 tbsp dried parsley
 1 tbsp dried cilantro
 ½ cup pine nuts
 2 cloves garlic
Pesto Gnocchi
 16 oz can cannelloni beans
 1 cup peas
 8 oz yellow pearl onions

Directions

Gnocchi
1

Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes, or until soft but not soggy, with skin on.

2

Drain the potatoes, dry, and let cool.

3

Peel boiled potatoes and mash well with a fork or potato ricer.

4

On a floured surface, spread out potatoes, flour, and salt. Make well in center and crack egg into well.

5

Knead dough until smooth and combined, but do not over knead as the gnocchi will become too firm.

6

Divide dough into 8 pieces, and roll each piece into "snakes" about 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut each rope at an angle into about 1 inch pieces.

7

Roll each gnocchi on fork for texture (optional) and shake off excess flour. At this point, the gnocchi may be cooked or frozen for later use.

8

To cook, add gnocchi to a large pot of boiling water, and cook until the gnocchi has risen to surface (about 3-5 minutes). Remove with slotted spoon.

Pesto Sauce
9

Combine pine nuts, cilantro, garlic, parsley, basil, and parmesan cheese in food processor until nearly pureed.

10

Remove from food processor and stir in olive oil to create the pesto sauce.

Pesto Gnocchi
11

Saute peas and pearl onions in a large saucepan until onions are slightly browned.

12

Add in cannelloni beans and saute for another minute. Pour cooked gnocchi into vegetable mixture and saute until combined, about 2 minutes.

13

Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and stir in pesto sauce. Serve with parmesan cheese and fresh basil, enjoy!

Ingredients

Gnocchi
 8 small Yukon Gold potatoes
 2 cups flour
 1 egg
 ¼ tsp salt
Pesto Sauce
 1 fresh basil leaves or 1/4 cup dried basil
 1 olive oil
 1 parmesan cheese
 2 tbsp dried parsley
 1 tbsp dried cilantro
 ½ cup pine nuts
 2 cloves garlic
Pesto Gnocchi
 16 oz can cannelloni beans
 1 cup peas
 8 oz yellow pearl onions

Directions

Gnocchi
1

Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes, or until soft but not soggy, with skin on.

2

Drain the potatoes, dry, and let cool.

3

Peel boiled potatoes and mash well with a fork or potato ricer.

4

On a floured surface, spread out potatoes, flour, and salt. Make well in center and crack egg into well.

5

Knead dough until smooth and combined, but do not over knead as the gnocchi will become too firm.

6

Divide dough into 8 pieces, and roll each piece into "snakes" about 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut each rope at an angle into about 1 inch pieces.

7

Roll each gnocchi on fork for texture (optional) and shake off excess flour. At this point, the gnocchi may be cooked or frozen for later use.

8

To cook, add gnocchi to a large pot of boiling water, and cook until the gnocchi has risen to surface (about 3-5 minutes). Remove with slotted spoon.

Pesto Sauce
9

Combine pine nuts, cilantro, garlic, parsley, basil, and parmesan cheese in food processor until nearly pureed.

10

Remove from food processor and stir in olive oil to create the pesto sauce.

Pesto Gnocchi
11

Saute peas and pearl onions in a large saucepan until onions are slightly browned.

12

Add in cannelloni beans and saute for another minute. Pour cooked gnocchi into vegetable mixture and saute until combined, about 2 minutes.

13

Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and stir in pesto sauce. Serve with parmesan cheese and fresh basil, enjoy!

Pesto Gnocchi

Another great Italian dinner?  Try sauteing the gnocchi with zucchini, onions, cannelloni beans, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and tomato sauce…  I smell satisfaction!

 

 



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