Homemade Gnocchi with Basil Pesto: Elegance on Your Plate

Picture yourself seated at a charming Italian trattoria, a soft breeze rustling the leaves as the aroma of a sumptuous feast wafts through the air. Our Homemade Gnocchi with Basil Pesto is the embodiment of Italian elegance right on your plate. It’s a dish that transcends mere food and becomes an experience, a journey to the heart of Italian culinary artistry. Each tender gnocchi, lovingly crafted, tells a tale of tradition and flavor that unfolds with every bite.


  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, baked and peeled
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Start by making the gnocchi dough. Mash the peeled potatoes and let them cool.
  2. Add the flour, beaten egg, and a pinch of salt to the potatoes. Mix until a dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough into small sections and roll each section into a long rope on a floured surface.
  4. Cut the ropes into bite-sized pieces and press each piece with a fork to create those classic gnocchi ridges.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a gentle boil. Cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  6. In a food processor, combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle in the olive oil as you blend, until a smooth pesto forms.
  7. Toss the cooked gnocchi in the fresh basil pesto, ensuring each piece is coated in the verdant goodness.
  8. Serve on warm plates, garnished with a sprig of basil, and perhaps a sprinkle of extra Parmesan.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A taste of Italy right at home – tender homemade gnocchi bathed in the vibrant flavors of basil pesto.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 380 | Total Fat: 22g | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g

Picture yourself sharing this exquisite dish with loved ones, savoring every bite as you’re transported to the sun-kissed hills of Tuscany. Our Homemade Gnocchi with Basil Pesto isn’t just a recipe; it’s an ode to the simple joys of life, where elegance meets comfort on a plate. Elevate your dining experience with this culinary masterpiece and create memories that linger as long as the flavors themselves.

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