close up of a bowl of pesto gnocchi

Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto and Rapini

Tender, melt in your mouth, homemade potato gnocchi with pesto and a side of rapini. It's easier to make than you think, and so delicious! 

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 1373 kcal
Author Alex Meyer, MA


  • 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
US Customary - Metric


  1. In a large pot of water, begin boiling water
  2. Peel potatoes and quarter them.
  3. Place into the water and boil for twenty-five minutes or until easily pierced with a fork
  4. Remove the potatoes from water and rice the potatoes with a potato ricer.
  5. Lightly dust a clean counter and place the potatoes on top of it
  6. Add the egg replacer and half a cup of flour to the potato pile.
  7. Slowly kneed the potatoes and gradually add more of the flour until the potatoes form a soft dough.
  8. Roll out the dough into ½ inch diameter logs then cut into ½ inch pieces of gnocchi.
  9. Begin boiling water in a large pot.
  10. Add 1 tbsp of salt to the boiling water.
  11. Reduce the water to a soft boil.
  12. 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.
  13. Set the gnocchi aside and toss with 1 tsp olive oil.

For the Rapini

  1. In a saute pan, add the oil and heat on medium high heat.
  2. Once heated, add the rapini and sauté for approximately six minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the salt and pepper to the rapini.
  4. Combine the pesto & gnocchi in a large bowl.
  5. Arrange the rapini and pesto in dishes as demonstrated in the photos above.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto and Rapini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1373 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4540mg 189%
Potassium 4567mg 130%
Total Carbohydrates 217g 72%
Dietary Fiber 46g 184%
Sugars 10g
Protein 68g 136%
Vitamin A 736.1%
Vitamin C 361.4%
Calcium 166.3%
Iron 215.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.