Super Green Pesto Gnocchi

This super green pesto gnocchi is packed full of extra plant power and tastes unbelievable. It is super simple to make and can be on the table in 15 minutes. Making this the perfect midweek dinner when you need a tasty meal in a hurry.


Green pesto gnocchi on a fork

Gnocchi is such a wonderful food and really makes a pleasant change from pasta. But like pasta, it needs a brilliant sauce for those little potato bombs to wallow in. So this recipe does just that by combining the gnocchi with a super nutritious green vegetable and pesto sauce.

This pesto sauce is not only rich, naturally creamy and full of plant power but looks pretty fantastic too with its vivid green hue.

close up of Green pesto gnocchi on a fork

What is Gnocchi?

Traditional gnocchi is an Italian dish that is in fact little dumplings made from potatoes which also include flour and eggs. So like pasta, gnocchi is still high in carbohydrates.

Apparently, they came to be called “gnocchi” from an Italian word meaning ‘lumps’ because of their distinctive shape. You can sometimes find them with ridges on top or they are simple small spheres cut at angles for more texture.

gluten free Difatti Gnocchi

We opted for a Gluten-free Gnocchi by Difatti which was delicious. Instead of wheat flour, it used corn starch and rice flour. Again it’s still high in carbohydrates but behaves a little differently from its wheat counterpart on blood sugar levels. So you will need to experiment a little to understand the impact it will have on yours.


What you will need to make Super Green Pesto Gnocchi

  • Gnocchi
  • Small Onion
    • Bring an essential flavour and gentle sweetness
    • Frozen chopped onions work brilliantly in this sauce as well
  • Frozen peas
    • Not actually a vegetable but a legume like lentils, chickpeas, beans and peanuts.
    • Rich in fibre and protein
    • Add a delicious natural sweetness
  • Broccoli
    • Has more protein than most other vegetables
    • Super nutrient rich, including fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium.
  • Vegetable Stock
    • Intense savoury kick
    • Can be quite high in salt so be careful with any additional seasoning
  • Green Pesto
    • A store cupboard staple
    • Adds a lovely flavour and creaminess to the sauce
  • Black Pepper
    • Essential seasoning
    • Adds a gentle peppery heat
  • Parmesan or other hard Italian cheese
    • Adds a lovely salty, slightly nutty, bite to finish the dish

How to make Super Green Pesto Gnocchi

This really is a very quick and easy dinner to get on the table.

start by cooking the broccoli and peas in a pan of boiling water. Drain the vegetables and keep 250ml of the water to make up the vegetable stock.

Now in a pan fry the chopped onion until soft in a little olive oil or butter. Then stir in the broccoli, peas, stock, green pesto, parmesan and lots of black pepper.

Remove from the heat and using a hand blender or food processor, blitz everything into a thick coarse sauce. You may want to taste at this point and adjust the seasoning or add some more parmesan.

Finally, cook your gnocchi for 2 minutes in boiling water and drain. measure the gnocchi between 2 bowls and then cover in your green pesto sauce.

Serve immediately with some extra parmesan and chopped sundried tomatoes

Green pesto gnocchi served in a dish

What to serve with pesto gnocchi

This dish is brilliant as it is but for me, it still wasn’t enough green vegetables!

So I chose to serve the pesto gnocchi on a bed of delicious ZESTY PAN FRIED COURGETTES. This side dish of courgettes with their lemony tang works so well against the softness of the gnocchi.

Another suggestion is to serve with a fillet of grilled salmon. I simply spread a little extra green pesto on top of the fillet before grilling as in the picture.

Super green pesto gnocchi with grilled pesto salmon
Gnocchi with pesto sauce and salmon


Diabetes Note

I have to admit we have avoided Gnocchi for a while as I was a little scared of serving such a high carb dinner for my daughter. However, I was pleasantly surprised. As it is an easy meal to carb count for, it’s quite accurate. And with a little pre-bolusing, we found that this meal wasn’t too hard to manage with blood glucose levels.

Carb Counting

The overall carb count for a serving of the 15-minute gnocchi with pesto sauce is:

Per serving = 90g of carb per portion

Please note this carb count amount per portion is based on the standard ingredients listed above and may differ depending on what you use and how much you choose to eat.


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Super Green Pesto Gnocchi

Super Green Pesto Gnocchi

Recipe by Michelle Rorke

This super green pesto gnocchi is packed full of extra plant power is super simple to make and can be on the table in 15 minutes.

Course: MainCuisine: British ItalianDifficulty: Very Easy
5.0 from 1 vote
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

15

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 150 g frozen peas

  • 100 g broccoli

  • 250 ml vegetable stock

  • 4 tsp green pesto

  • 500 g ready-made gnocchi

  • 25 g hard Italian cheese

Directions

  • Cook the broccoli and peas in a pan of boiling water. Drain, keeping 250ml of the water.
  • Use the vegetable water to make up the stock
  • In a saucepan fry off the chopped onion until soft in a little olive oil or butter
  • Add the broccoli, peas, stock, green pesto, parmesan and lots of black pepper
  • Using a hand blender or food processor, blitz everything into a thick coarse sauce.
  • Cook your gnocchi for 2 minutes in boiling water and drain. measure the gnocchi between 2 bowls and then cover in your green pesto sauce.
  • Serve immediately with some extra parmesan and chopped sundried tomatoes

Equipment

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Hand Blender or Food Processor
  • Measuring Jug

Tips and Notes

  • Diabetes Note – A high carb count dinner but as it is an easy meal to carb count for, it’s quite accurate. And with a little pre-bolusing, we found that this meal wasn’t too hard to manage with blood glucose levels.
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