Trouble With Toast

Recipe: Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Ricotta | September 5, 2008

Every time I get a new cooking magazine, I ask my fiancee (yes, we got engaged this week, woot) to pick out the recipes that look good to him.  That way, he has SOME input in the meal planning, even though I do all of the grocery shopping and cooking.

I knew he would like this recipe as soon as I saw it, as he is a HUGE gnocchi fan.  I have been dying to experiment with making it from scratch, but since I haven’t had the time to work on that (it’ll probably be a winter project), this dinner was able to satisfy my honey’s craving AND cut my time in the kitchen.  You could certainly change things up to include other vegetables, like peas or asparagus.  If you don’t like ricotta, you could substitute another soft cheese or just sprinkle the whole dish with grated parmesan.  If you don’t care for gnocchi, use any kind of regular pasta.  See?  Endless possibilities!

  • 1 pound gnocchi (refrigerated or frozen)
    Kosher salt and pepper
    1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    1 cup pesto (you can use store-bought, or you can make your own)
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    1/4 cup ricotta

Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain and return them to the pot.  Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the green beans and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes; drain.  Add the pesto and cream to the gnocchi and cook over medium heat, stirring, just until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Divide among bowls and top with the green beans, ricotta, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.



  1. Congrats on getting engaged! Doesn’t he want to cook too? 🙂 Our relationship started out over frying veal cutlets in hot schmaltz! Times have changed, but we still enjoy cooking healthy food together.

    Comment by barbara — September 5, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  2. A good sauce for pasta!

    Comment by palmariello — September 8, 2008 @ 6:59 am

  3. Barbara: Thanks! Nah, cooking is not his thing (which is fine by me, since I have so much fun in the kitchen), but he always keeps me company and asks lots of questions about whatever it is I’m preparing. It’s a fun dynamic!

    Palmariello: Yes, it was very good, and I’ll definitely make it again, perhaps with pasta instead of gnocchi.

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 8, 2008 @ 11:43 am

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