Pesto Gnocchi

Gnocchi has to be one of my favorite Italian dishes and I have to get it every time I see it on the menu. I’ve never made it at home before, so when I saw this in the store I was absolutely thrilled. There are plenty of certified vegan brands, however, the ingredients for gnocchi are mainly potato and wheat flour, so most of them should be vegan anyways.

Since I am super busy during the week, I try to condense dinner preparation into a 30 minute (or less) window. This only took me about 15 minutes to make, so big win in my book. I buy the pre-made gnocchi which saves loads of time, but if you can make your own I am slightly jealous of you and you should do that! With the pre-made gnocchi, it takes about 5-10 minutes to wait for the water to boil, and 2-3 minutes to cook.

And then there’s my homemade pesto. This stuff is amazing and takes 5 minutes to make. I prepare this while I am waiting for the water to boil. I put my homemade pesto on gnocchi, all types of pasta, rice, zoodles, pizza, veggies…basically everything. It also makes a fantastic dip! My recipe only calls for 6 ingredients and all you do is throw them into a blender for about a minute.

gnocchi 2

I love this simple dinner and I hope you do too. Leave your comments below to let me know if you’ve tried it or how you’ve done it differently!


  • pre-packaged gnocchi
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 cups of fresh organic basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic cilantro
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1/2 organic jalapeno
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (or less to taste)
  • basil leaves to garnish
  • red chili flakes (optional)


  1. In a cooking pot, boil 3 cups of water
  2. Chop your jalapeno into 1/2 inch thick circles, and add them to the blender along with the basil, cilantro, juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, and salt. Pulse on high for about 3o seconds. If you’d like it creamier, you can keep blending until its the consistency that you like.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add your gnocchi. Let gnocchi cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to float. Once floating, drain and rinse.
  4. Add pesto to the gnocchi and top with tomatoes, basil leaves, and red chili flakes.
  5. Enjoy!

Serves 2
Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook time: 5 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.

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