Taste of Italy: Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto

Picture this: a quaint Italian villa nestled amidst rolling hills, the air filled with the aroma of fresh basil and warm bread. Now, you can bring that captivating essence to your table with our recipe for homemade gnocchi with pesto. It’s a culinary journey that combines simple ingredients with artisanal flair, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate.


  • 2 cups russet potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Start by making the gnocchi dough. Mix the mashed potatoes, egg, flour, and a pinch of salt in a bowl until a dough forms.
  2. Roll the dough into ropes and cut bite-sized pieces. Press each piece with a fork to create ridges.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface, then remove and drain.
  4. To prepare the pesto, blend basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Gently toss the cooked gnocchi in the freshly made pesto until they are well coated.
  6. Serve the gnocchi with an extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a few basil leaves on top.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A trip to Italy on a plate – soft homemade gnocchi draped in vibrant pesto.

Nutrition: Calories: 380, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 18g

Imagine sharing this dish with loved ones, savoring each forkful as you’re transported to the rustic charm of Italy. The pillowy gnocchi, tender and delicate, harmonize exquisitely with the bold basil pesto, creating a medley of textures and flavors that leave a lasting impression. Whether it’s a cozy dinner for two or a gathering of friends, this Taste of Italy: Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto will undoubtedly become a cherished favorite on your culinary journey.