Monday, July 2, 2012

Week 1 - Marcie's Gnocchi with Spinach Pesto

I got this recipe from Laura (Halbert) VanHorn's blog, which she seems to have given up on.  I thought a lot of her recipes looked interesting, but this is the first one I've tried.  Of course I had to change a few things.  :)   Ben and I both really liked this.  Amelia ate the gnocchi, but said she didn't really like it.  Megan was still working on finishing her food from lunch, so she didn't get any, although she did steal a few tomatoes off my plate.

Gnocchi with Spinach Pesto
(serves 3)

4 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup almonds

1 box whole wheat gnocchi
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup feta cheese

Blend all pesto ingredients in a food processor.  You are supposed to add the oil last, but my food processor is small and it wouldn't blend up right without the oil being added at the beginning.

Drop the gnocchi in a pot of boiling water.  Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until gnocchi float to the top of the pot.  Drain.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet, add the cooked gnocchi, and cook for 2 minutes, or until gnocchi is golden brown.  Gnocchi will stick to the skillet.  Add tomatoes, cook for another 2 minutes or until tomatoes are heated through and starting to soften. 

Mix half the pesto with the gnocchi and spinach mixture, top with cheese and serve.

Freeze remaining pesto.


  1. Did the pesto taste different from basil pesto? I imagine it didn't have as much flavor but maybe I'm wrong????

  2. It didn't taste the same as basil pesto, obviously, but it did taste good. The cheese and nut flavor still came through. I would say, overall, that it wasn't as flavorful as basil pesto, so I used more of it on my gnocchi than I would have.