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.
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.
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.
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
- Opt for Fresh or the longer-life variety you can store in your cupboard
- I used the spinach Gluten-free Gnocchi by Difatti
- 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
- 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
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.
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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.
The overall carb count for a serving of the 15-minute gnocchi with pesto sauce is:
- 250g of Gluten-free Gnocchi by Difatti = 90g of carbs
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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