When I think of Italian, I can’t help but think of my two favorite staples: gnocchi and pesto! So why not combine these two to make the perfect dish?! Don't let homemade gnocchi scare you, it's easier than you think. And you can't beat how soft and tender they are when you make gnocchi from scratch.
I have to admit, this combo was not my idea, especially adding the rapini. My friends, fiance and I have started having progressive dinners (everyone cooks a different part of a meal and we travel to each other’s apartments for those parts of the meal). A couple months ago two of our dear friends made the most delicious pesto with vegan gnocchi and seared rapini. It was SO GOOD!
Flash-forward a couple months later, I had to have that combo again! So, like any good food blogger, I gathered the ingredients and decided to make it myself. And it turned out so great! I used our CLASSIC WALNUT PESTO and paired it with this very simple gnocchi recipe. I also seared a bunch of rapini to make a filling and delectable dinner.
How to Make Gnocchi with Pesto & Roasted Rapini
First- Boil a large pot of water.
Second- Peel potatoes and quarter them, then put them in the water and boil for twenty-five minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
Third- Remove the potatoes from water and rice them with a potato ricer.
Fourth- Lightly dust a clean counter and place the potatoes on top of it.
Fifth- Add the egg replacer and half a cup of flour to the potato pile and slowly kneed the potatoes and gradually add more of the flour until the potatoes form a soft dough.
Sixth- Roll out the dough into ½ inch diameter logs then cut into ½ inch pieces of gnocchi.
Seventh - Boil another pot of water and salt it, then reduce to a soft boil and add the gnocchi (about 8 at a time to make sure they have enough room in the pot) to the pot and wait till they rise to the top to remove them from the water.
Eighth- Set the gnocchi aside and toss with 1 tsp olive oil.
Ninth- In a sauté pan, add the oil and heat on medium high heat. Once heated, add the rapini and sauté for approximately six minutes.
Tenth- Combine the pesto & gnocchi in a large bowl, then arrange the rapini and pesto in dishes as demonstrated in the photos above.
Yes, there are ten steps to make homemade gnocchi, but they're easy and so worth it.
Each and every little pillow of potato dough melts in your mouth, there's truly nothing to describe the way these feel and taste. And when you add the homemade pesto to the mix, and the crisp and crunchy rapini, you'll feel as if you've been transported to nonna's kitchen in the Tuscan countryside.
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Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto and Rapini
- 4 Medium Russet Potatoes
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 egg equivelent Ener-G Egg Replacer
- 1 tbsp plus ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup Pesto
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- 12 Stalks Rapini Trim the ends
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot of water, begin boiling water
- Peel potatoes and quarter them.
- Place into the water and boil for twenty-five minutes or until easily pierced with a fork
- Remove the potatoes from water and rice the potatoes with a potato ricer.
- Lightly dust a clean counter and place the potatoes on top of it
- Add the egg replacer and half a cup of flour to the potato pile.
- Slowly kneed the potatoes and gradually add more of the flour until the potatoes form a soft dough.
- Roll out the dough into ½ inch diameter logs then cut into ½ inch pieces of gnocchi.
- Begin boiling water in a large pot.
- Add 1 tbsp of salt to the boiling water.
- Reduce the water to a soft boil.
- Add the gnocchi (about 8 at a time to make sure they have enough room in the pot) to the pot and wait till they rise to the top to remove them from the water.
- Set the gnocchi aside and toss with 1 tsp olive oil.
For the Rapini
- In a saute pan, add the oil and heat on medium high heat.
- Once heated, add the rapini and sauté for approximately six minutes.
- Add the rest of the salt and pepper to the rapini.
- Combine the pesto & gnocchi in a large bowl.
- Arrange the rapini and pesto in dishes as demonstrated in the photos above.