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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *