Baked gnocchi with kale pesto & ham

Baked gnocchi with kale pesto & ham

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6
Bake ready-made gnocchi with walnuts, lemon and mozzarella for a delicious and easy weeknight meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal653
  • fat39g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein18g
  • salt3.6g
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  • 85g kale



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 50g walnut pieces
  • 150ml 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…

  • juice 1 lemon



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

  • 50g parmesan, roughly chopped



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

  • 2 x 500g gnocchi



    An Italian dumpling made with semolina or flour and potatoes, cooked and eaten in much the same…

  • 4 thick slices ham, diced
  • 125g ball mozzarella, drained
  • 100g bag mixed salad leaves


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the kale, walnuts, oil, lemon juice and Parmesan in a processor and blitz until the kale is very finely chopped. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the gnocchi in 2 batches, for 2 mins each time.

  2. Drain the gnocchi thoroughly, then tip into an ovenproof dish and stir through the kale pesto and the ham. Tear the mozzarella into pieces and dot over the gnocchi. Bake for 20-30 mins or until the cheese is bubbling. Serve with the salad leaves.

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28th Apr, 2016
Definitely too much oil! Nice recipe in general, but it is very oily, next time I'll use half the oil. But other than that, it's tasty and easy to prepare.
1st Jan, 2015
I love my recipe, I would suggest using half the oil though!
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31st Dec, 2014
I am not normally a reviewer, but enjoyed this recipe so much that really felt I owed it to the world to offer an alternative view to the negative reviews previously. It' really good! Dead easy to make on a weekday evening with all the usual distractions. Very popular with all. Rise above the reviews and try it!
15th Dec, 2014
Really disappointed to say but this dish was disgusting. :-(
12th Dec, 2014
Good, easy tasty dish. I halved the quantities and the lemon flavour was just right, but it was quite a smallish lemon. Used full amount of mozzarella though with an extra gratefing of Parmesan. Happy with results!
2nd Dec, 2014
I think this could be really nice if it was made with a classic pesto. This dish needs a big injection of flavour. A classic pesto containing basil and garlic would work far better.
27th Nov, 2014
One whole lemon was way too much! The whole bake tasted of lemon juice. The bake was easy to make, however, and I will be trying it again with a more traditional pesto recipe.
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