Easy Green Gnocchi

Green Gnocchi served on a black plate

This green gnocchi is quick and easy to prepare and oh so delicious. The gnocchi get their color from a delicious Basil and sunflower seed pesto which ads herbal and nutty tastes to the dish. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 10 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: at least 20 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard


Serves 4

Simple Green Gnocchi

  • 500g Gnocci
  • 2 medium potatoes diced in 1 cm / 0.39 inch cubes
  • 250g / 8.81 oz. green beans trimmed at the ends

For the PESTO

  • 40 large basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds 
  • 6 tablespoons mature white cheddar, grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1  teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Blend pesto ingredients in a bowl with a stick blender till fine, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring a large pot with about 3.5 Liters / 0.92 gallon of water to the boil. 
  • Add half a teaspoon salt and a dash of olive oil. 
  • Add the beans and diced potato. 
  • Cook for 2 minutes and then add the gnocchi. 
  • Test the pasta frequently till it is at the Al dente stage. 
  • Then pour off all the water except a little caught in the pot, about 3 tablespoons. 
  • Take the pot to the table and spoon in the pesto, and then put some of the pasta in the pesto bowl and stir it to mop up the rest of the pesto and return it to the pot. 
  • Stir well till the pasta turns pale green and serve. 

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