Pesto Gnocchi

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
Perk up gnocchi and vegetables with a flavorful pesto sauce. If you don't have pine nuts to top the pesto gnocchi, skip or substitute any nut you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • Toasted pine nuts, optional


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute zucchini and pepper until zucchini is tender.
  3. Add pesto and gnocchi, stirring gently to coat. Stir in tomatoes. If desired, top with pine nuts.
Pesto Gnocchi Tips

What kind of pesto should you use for pesto gnocchi?

Any type of pesto works for pesto gnocchi. Go with an easy basil-based homemade pesto, or pick up a jar of store-bought pesto. If you want to be adventurous, experiment with other flavors of pesto such as pea pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto or even nut-free pesto.

What else can you put in pesto gnocchi?

Our recipe is simple but flavorful, with a short list of ingredients. If you want to make it a little longer, consider adding protein with chopped bacon or pancetta. Broccoli or spinach would be great additions if you're looking to add more vegetables. (On the flip side, you could also omit all veggies in the recipe if you don't have them on hand, or have picky eaters at home.) Think about transforming the pesto into a pesto cream sauce by adding ricotta, or chicken broth and cream. Finally, you could garnish with fresh basil leaves for even more fresh flavor.

How do you store pesto gnocchi?

If you have leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. To reheat pesto gnocchi, warm it over low heat on the stovetop or in short intervals in the microwave. Be careful not to overheat a pesto pasta.

If you liked this pesto gnocchi recipe, try more of our favorite pesto recipes and gnocchi recipes.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor
Potato gnocchi
Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta or frozen foods section.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 327 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.