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Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

These Italian potato dumplings are particularly delicious when served with pesto. You can serve the gnocchi as an appetizer or as a side dish.




  • 454 g (1 pound) russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 125 g (1 cup) plain flour


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, add a teaspoon of salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and return to the pot. Heat over low heat, stirring to prevent browning, until the potatoes are completely dry.
  2. Mash the potatoes with a ricer or through a food mill and season to taste with salt, pepper, and a little nutmeg. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. Add the egg to the potatoes, and gently mix in 1 cup of the flour. Do not overwork the dough or the gnocchi will be tough. If the dough is very sticky, gently stir in more flour. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Using your hands, roll out pieces of the dough into ropes about 1 inch in diameter. Cut the long cylinders into 2-inch pieces. With gentle pressure, roll the dough pieces over a gnocchi board, or over the tines of a fork, pressing and rocking the dumpling with your thumb, to achieve a ridged edge on one side and an indentation on the other. Set the gnocchi aside on parchment-covered baking sheets while you make the pesto.



  • 2 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 120 ml (½ cup) olive oil
  • 160 g (4 cups) fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 40 g (2 cups) Italian parsley leaves, cleaned and dried (about 1 bunch)
  • 35 g (¼ cup) pine nuts, toasted
  • 25 g (¼ cup) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 36 g (¼ cup) Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container and secure the lid.
  2. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to Variable 6, using the tamper to press ingredients toward the blades.

Chef's Notes

Chef's Tip: Gnocchi is a great appetizer for an Italian feast, but it’s also a filling side dish when paired with grilled meats, fish, or vegetables.

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