Pesto Gnocchi

This bright and fresh pesto gnocchi will become your go-to summer meal. It’s bold, full of flavor, and so delicious!

Pesto gnocchi is a tasty stand alone dish, but would also taste great with a side of Cheesy Garlic Bread, Creamy Pesto Dressing, or Parmesan Crusted Zucchini. Either way it’s a must-make!!

Pesto Gnocchi in a what and blue bowl

Family-Favorite Gnocchi Pesto

How incredible does this gnocchi pesto look? All those fresh veggies, that thick potato gnocchi pasta, and the shavings of parmesan cheese. Those colors are gorgeous. I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!! This recipe is a tried and true family-favorite. I could eat this pesto gnocchi every day. It’s that good.

There are tons of different times when this recipe comes in handy. It makes a great lunch that you can prepare ahead of time and eat throughout the week. It also makes a tasty dinner meal that your family is guaranteed to love. Needing a quick dish to bring to a summer picnic? This gnocchi pesto is your answer.

This would be great as a main dish or as a side. If you love Greek you should also try Chicken souvlaki and Greek chicken wraps.

Gnocchi and tomatoes in a pesto sauce

How to Make Gnocchi with Pesto

VEGGIES. Chop and dice all of the veggies before you begin cooking. This prep work will make your cooking process go smoother.

PASTA. Start out by cooking your gnocchi pasta according to the directions on the package. Use any brand of gnocchi you prefer. Drain it and set it aside. Add the two teaspoons of olive oil to skillet over medium heat.

COMBINE. Throw in the diced zucchini and peppers and sauce until tender. Pour in the pesto sauce and the gnocchi pasta and stir it all together gently. Then add your chopped tomatoes.

GARNISH. If you want a little something extra, sprinkle some toasted pine nuts on top.

This recipe feeds four people so definitely double it if you need more. I don’t think you could have too much of this salad. It makes delicious leftovers.

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

To toast pine nuts, place the pine nut in a dry pan on the stove on medium-low heat. Stir constantly until they’re fragrant and lightly browned.

The easiest way to add some spice to this dish would be to incorporate crushed red pepper flakes. Add a dash or two to build up the spice.

To STORE pesto gnocchi; it should be eaten within 2 days of making! Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.

To make pesto gnocchi ahead of time, cut your veggies a couple of days ahead of time to meal prep. You can also make your own pesto a few days ahead of time.

Pesto Gnocchi garnished with parmesan and pine nuts in a blue and white bowl

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Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

5 from 8 votes
This bright and fresh pesto gnocchi will become your go-to summer meal. It's bold, full of flavor, and so delicious!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 278 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup zucchini diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • pine nuts toasted
  • Parmesan Cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Cook and drain gnocchi according to package directions.
  • While gnocci is cooking, add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Saute diced zucchini and peppers until tender.
  • Gently stir in pesto and gnocchi. Add tomatoes and carefully stir to coat. Top with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese (optional). Yield: 4 servings.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I’m going to make this in a few weeks for a family dinner! So excited for everyone to love it like I do

  2. 5 stars
    Two of my favorites..pesto & gnocchi!! I love the combination of the other veggies in this. It was light & healthy!

  3. 5 stars
    I was a little leery to try this, but when i saw that you can use PREMADE GNOCCHI I knew I had to try it. I cant wait to try more of your recipes.

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe!!! I used heirloom tomatoes and oven roasted them for a few so that they would be ready to burst. Great flavors!!!!!