Creamy Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

These creamy pillows of deliciousness cook in 20 minutes and make a great week night dinner. This is just one of the 120 easy recipes in Super Easy Cookbook for Beginners. Even if you’re not a beginner cook, you’ll want this cookbook so meals are easy and relaxing to make!

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This Creamy Pesto Gnocchi Recipe is one that my family loves and is an example of how easy it is to make a great dinner.

This gnocchi dish goes great next to a salad or some garlic bread sticks. You could also make this dish by substituting tortellini for the gnocchi.

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Creamy Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 16 ounce package Potato Gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/4 cup Pesto, (store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Chopped Basil
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese, (optional)


  1. Boil a large pot of water over high heat, then boil the gnocchi for 2 to 4 minutes, until tender (or according to package directions). Drain and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. Heat the butter in the same pan over medium heat (or you could use another skillet). Add the pesto, cream and reserved pasta water. Stir in the gnocchi and gently mix together.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce is creamy, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with the basil and serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.



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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 156
Calories 306

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 431mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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