Gnocchi with lemon & chive pesto

Gnocchi with lemon & chive pesto

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(36 ratings)

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…

  • 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 or flour and potatoes, cooked and eaten in much the same…


  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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10th Jul, 2020
Nice and refreshing! I used half a lemon as advised and thought that was enough too. I also added some deli chicken to give the dish a bit extra flavour and texture. Dish didn't wow me but was quick, easy and enjoyable!
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25th Feb, 2019
Aggressively lemony! Loved how simple it was to make, and the combo of ingredients worked very well. Will make again but use half a lemon rather than a whole one.
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Brigitta Falcini
29th Aug, 2018
This could be really good. Just a lot less lemon. Maybe like half a lemon. It was too tart and I love lemons.
24th Nov, 2017
I didn't have all the ingredients so went without the pine nuts and parsley, but it turned out really well! I was pleasantly surprised. I only used half a lemon but it could have done with more :) Next time I'll do the full amount.
30th Jul, 2017
Quick, easy, scrumptious. Smells like baby sick when making but doesn't taste like it. Another of my favourites that I make on a weekly basis.
5th Jan, 2017
Sooooooo delicious. And really quick and easy! I'll definitely be making this again, it went down a treat, even with my meat-eating other half.
19th May, 2016
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.
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3rd Apr, 2015
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
29th Mar, 2015
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 :)
7th Nov, 2014
Zingy, zesty and refreshing!


24th Jun, 2020
How do ready-made gnocchi compare to fresh? I've never had them.
lulu_grimes's picture
28th Jun, 2020
Hi, They are a little firmer, and depending on where you buy them from can have variable flavours. Lulu
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Jessica Powar
17th Jan, 2019
Deffo less lemon!! Wish I read the reviews before I cooked it. It’s so yummy, but it deffo needs less lemon- it’s too overpowering. I also added grilled asparagus to the recipe to bulk it out a bit and I think it works really well
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