Gnocchi with pesto

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Gnocchi al pesto genovese

Gnocchi with pesto alla genovese is a classic Italian dish that tantalizes the senses with its rich aroma and intense flavor of fresh basil, garlic, pecorino and Parmesan. The tender potato dumplings, topped with a creamy yet savory sauce of finely ground pine nuts and olive oil, make this dish a true taste sensation. In this recipe, you’ll learn how to prepare gnocchi with pesto alla genovese in just a few steps to serve your loved ones an authentic Italian meal.

4.60 from 22 ratings
Delicious small potato gnocchi with the popular pesto alla genovese – super tasty!
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 128kcal
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 128kcal
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients list


  • Clean the basil leaves with a soft and dry cloth. Peel the garlic and put it in the mortar with some coarse salt.
    50 g basil leaves, 1 clove garlic, 2 pinches coarse sea salt
  • Now work with the pestle until the garlic is finely crushed. Add the basil leaves along with another pinch of coarse salt.
  • Now press the basil against the walls of the mortar. While doing so, turn the pestle from left to right and at the same time turn the mortar in the opposite direction (from right to left). Continue until a light green liquid comes out of the basil leaves. At this point, add the pine nuts and process again with the pestle.
    16 g pine nuts
  • Now add the Parmesan and Pecorino cheese, stirring constantly. To make the pesto even creamier, add the olive oil and mix well until it becomes a nice homogeneous sauce.
    70 g parmesan cheese, 30 g pecorino cheese, 100 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Once the water reaches boiling point, add the gnocchi. Put the pesto in a large frying pan and add some hot cooking water. Mix everything well. As soon as the gnocchi rise to the surface, skim them off and add them directly to the frying pan with the pesto and mix well again.
    1 kg Gnocchi
  • Finally, arrange on deep plates and serve!
    Buon appetito!
gnocchi mit pesto

My tip

Instead of the mortar, the pesto can also be made with a regular blender or stick blender.
Calories: 128kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 26g (9%)Protein: 4g (8%)

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