I've always loved gnocchi. This dish reminds me of my grandparents and staying at their summer home. My Italian grandfather loved gnocchi. But back in those days, you couldn’t buy prepackaged ones in a grocery store. You had to make them yourself. My grandmother spent hours making large batches of them.
As much as my grandfather loved them, he always advised the family to eat them in moderation. Why? Because he would tell us a story of his beloved dog the family had for years. One day he set a bowl of gnocchi on the table and their golden retriever got to it. It did not last for long as the dog enjoyed it.
I'm sure my grandmother was not happy as the gnocchi took up a lot of her time to make. Later that afternoon, my grandparents took the family along with the dog swimming in the lake near their house. Their dog jumped in the water and could not swim because of all the gnocchi he had eaten. My grandfather had to jump in and save the dog. I am not sure how much of this story is an exaggeration, but every time I make gnocchi it brings a smile to my face.
Nowadays, you can buy wonderful prepackaged gnocchi and dinner can be on the table in less than half an hour. When I have time, I make homemade gnocchi, but lately getting dinner on the table is a race against the clock.
One of my favorite pantry ingredients is jarred pesto. I love making some in the midst of the summer and freezing it but when I run out, there are so many good brands to choose from and my family has no idea it comes from a jar.
This dinner is great for a fast weeknight meal, but try it on the weekends when you have company over too. You won’t be disappointed and the recipe can easily be doubled for a larger crowd.
For other great pesto ideas, consider this kale pesto recipe today!