This delicious Spring Vegetable Gnocchi with Pesto is a quick and easy dinner idea that is bursting with flavour.
This dish can be made in just twenty minutes making it the ideal dinner to throw together on those midweek nights when you don’t want to spend ages cooking. As the name suggests, the flavours work perfectly in spring and summer, however, the vegetables used are accesible all year round so you do not have to be limited to when you can make this.
I like to make this recipe using my homemade Walnut Pesto which you can find here as it is just bursting with flavour, however, if you are short on time and need something more convenient you can simply use a shop bought version. The ingredients used in this gnocchi dish mimic the flavours used in the pesto such as lemon juice, garlic and fresh basil, etc, so the dish will still be really flavourful. If you wanted to give this gnocchi a real kick you could try making it using my Wild Garlic Pesto.
I tend to use spiralised courgette in this recipe but a finely chopped courgette would work just as well. I have noted which vegetables to use in this recipe in the ingredients, however, if you wanted to amend this to suit what you have in that needs eating then feel free. I think any fresh green vegetables such as broccoli, mangetout, green beans or spinach would work really well in this so change the ingredients as you need to.
This dish is designed to be bursting with vegetables and the recipe listed below will give you a whopping four portions making it a great option for those trying to increase the amount of plants they eat. You can eat this dish on its own or you can serve it with a protein source, the flavours would work really well with chicken, (a meat free substitute or otherwise), so feel free to add some in to bulk the meal up if needed.
You only usually need to cook gnocchi for a few minutes in boiling water, however, certain brands may differ slightly so make sure you cook your gnocchi according to your packet instructions. Make sure you use a gluten free gnocchi in this recipe if you need to. If you are unable to source gluten free gnocchi you could actually follow this exact method but swap the gnocchi for pasta instead.
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