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Pesto Gnocchi

This pesto gnocchi recipe is everything you want in an easy dinner meal. It’s only 6 ingredients, cooks in one pot, and the gnocchi is perfectly creamy, cheesy and pillowy! It’s a great meatless dinner that takes under 15 minutes and requires no prep time. It can also be easily made gluten free and dairy free!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • Optional, to garnish: fresh basil, extra parmesan


  1. Add the pesto and minced garlic into a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute together for about 1 minute until the garlic becomes fragrant, and then add in the broth and cream
  2. Bring the sauce to a light simmer and once it starts bubbling, add in the gnocchi and turn the heat down to medium
  3. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, uncover and stir. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently, as the sauce reduces and thickens
  4. Once the sauce has reduced down and the gnocchi is cooked, stir in the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. If the sauce comes too thick, you can thin it out again by adding about 1/4 cup cream or broth. Serve with optional fresh basil and additional parmesan


  • You can add additional ingredients to your pesto gnocchi such as pine nuts, spinach or kale, cherry tomatoes, chicken or chopped bacon
  • Serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 490
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 90 mg