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Homemade Pesto Gnocchi

Homemade Pesto Gnocchi

This Homemade Pesto Gnocchi is sure to be a family favorite. Made with simple ingredients this pasta recipe is full of flavor.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Italian
Keyword: easy recipes, gnocchi, pasta
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Tracy



  • 4 cups mashed potatoes about 2-3 lbs of potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves washed and packed
  • ¼ cup pine nuts you can substitute almonds or walnuts
  • 2 large cloves or 4 small cloves of garlic peeled and minced
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil you may need a little more or a little less
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste



  • Start by washing the potatoes.
  • Either boil the potatoes or poke holes in them and microwave them for eight minutes, or until they become soft.
  • Let them cool completely and remove the skin from them.
  • Mash them in a large bowl or use a potato ricer.
  • Sprinkle the 1 ½ cups of the flour, add the egg and 1 teaspoon of salt and continue to mash.
  • Use your hands to form a smooth ball.
  • Sprinkle the remaining flour onto a counter or cutting board and knead the pasta dough for five to six minutes adding flour when it gets a little sticky.
  • Once the dough has become elastic, cut it into 24 equal parts.
  • Roll the dough into long strips and cut them into ½ inch pieces. (Optional: roll the pieces over the prongs of a fork to get the classic gnocchi look.)
  • Boil a large pot of water over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water.
  • Add 10 to 12 pieces of gnocchi to the water and let them boil until they float to the top.
  • Remove and set on a plate.


  • Place the basil and pine nuts in the food processor and pulse a few times.
  • Add the garlic and pulse a few more times.
  • Slowly add olive oil in a constant stream while the processor is going.
  • You should get a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • Scrape downsides of the processor and add grated cheese pulsing until well blended.
  • Add salt and pepper and give a final pulse or two to mix in.


  • Add as much fresh pesto to the gnocchi as you would like before serving.
  • Enjoy!


You can use store bought gnocchi and/or store bought pesto to speed up the process if desired.


Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 4mg
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