Gnocchi with lemon & chive pesto

Gnocchi with lemon & chive pesto

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 2
Potato gnocchi make a welcome change from pasta. Give them a go in this simple veggie supper for two

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal667
  • fat32g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs85g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein15g
  • salt2.7g
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  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • small bunch chives, snipped
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan, or vegetarian alternative, plus extra for serving



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 500g pack gnocchi



    An Italian dumpling made with semolina, flour, potatoes or ricotta and spinach cooked and eaten…


  1. Place the garlic, herbs, pine nuts, cheese and lemon zest in a small bowl, season well, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Set aside.

  2. Cook the gnocchi in a pan of salted boiling water following pack instructions, then drain well. Tip into a serving bowl and toss through the pesto. Serve with extra grated Parmesan, if you like.

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Comments (20)

penny6's picture

I made this for myself by weighing out the ingredients for one.i used a shop bought pesto,added broccoli and quorn pieces to bulk it out and added lemon to taste.also I added garlic as I fried my quorn and added fresh chives at the very turned out very well and I would definitely make it again.

GarethHillen's picture

Didn't notice all the comments until after I made it and have to agree with everyone that with the recipe given it is too lemony! Other than that, absolutely delicious :) Looking forward to making it again with only the zest and possibly adding grilled chicken and green beans, as somebody suggested.

GarethHillen's picture

Made this tonight and it was really tasty! But like everyone else, found it very lemony. Less lemon next time definitely. Looking forward to trying it with green beans and chicken :)

lemonmelts's picture

Zingy, zesty and refreshing!

antheab107's picture

wonderful! fresh and delicious. added avocado and spinach for more veg.

coconatalie's picture

Found this tasty :). I added green beans, used slightly bigger bunches of herbs than I might have done, and used half a big lemon.

It takes a little while to chop the herbs (for me at least), so not sure I'd make it all the time.

Forgot to half the recipe, though (was only making it for myself), so I've got a portion of the pesto in the fridge now. Bit annoying, as I'm not sure it will last until tomorrow :/

meowsephine's picture

I would have really enjoyed it if it weren't for the over powering lemon.

staceymelia's picture

Very easy. I also added peas and used butter as I didn't have any olive oil. Still lovely.

bakingmad_'s picture

I made this recipe for tea tonight, I altered the ingrediants slightly
I left out the nuts and instead of parmisan I used Mozzerella and grated Cheddar cheese and it worked perfectly. Very tasty will definatley make it again! :)

rturner's picture

Loved this recipe, did add extra veg so didn't find too lemony

sammendez1's picture

Lovely authentic flavours.

kathynicolson's picture

we all love this, even the ones who dont like gnocchi or lemon! the bairns love the toasted pine nuts. When I doubled the recipe I got into problems with the gnocchi going sticky so now if there are more than 2 of us I serve it with some hot smoked salmon, or griddled chicken strips + a green salad or vegetable such as broccoli. How can something so stodgy taste so fresh and light, beleive me it does

jennifert's picture

Very easy, quick and filling but I agree with everyone else - too lemony. More herbs & less lemon next time. I tripled the recipe up for six people, and I think that maybe where I went wrong. I'm looking forward to trying it again though.

tinuke24's picture

Loved this but first time found the oil far too much so second time only used 2tbsp which much preferred. Also as my husband likes to have meat, if I'm making for him I've also started added shredded chicken to it to make more substantial meal for him which is lovely.

rachael01's picture

Made this tonight for a spedy dinner. I put all of the pesto ingredientsin the chopper or speed. Loved the amount of lemon - next time I think I would use 1 less spoonful of oil. WIll probably become a midweek regular.

smmccarthy9175's picture

I doubled this to serve 4 and although it was a bit too lemony for the kids we all liked it well enough and will have it again with a little less lemon.

elizabethr's picture

I'm with other reviewers on this one - go easy on the lemon as overpowering but otherwise pretty quick and tasty midweek meal.

simonek's picture

I'm with Lisa on this one, definitely too lemony. Found the lemon flavour completely overwhelmed the herbs. Were I to cook it again, would probably just use the zest and omit the juice. And the price of pine nuts seems to have gone through the roof!

drfabio's picture

Made this last night and it was so delicious! It was so quick and easy, and a lovely change from pasta. I used pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts, and added some peas to up the veg content. I agree with Lisa in that it was quite lemony to start with, but I added in more herbs - I ended up using quite big handfuls.

lisavalo's picture

Good recipe, probably a bit too lemony for me, I think next time I'd omit some of the lemon, but apart from that lovely.

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