Cauliflower Gnocchi with Pesto

Happy Monday!

So if you saw my Instagram post yesterday, you know that I've been seeing Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi all over my feed lately, so of course I had to try them for myself! I LOVE anything with basil in the summertime, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make some fresh (vegan) pesto.

Basil has antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, prevents against diabetes and is an immune-booster. Basil always reminds me of my grandparents -- I feel like my grandpa always had it in his garden and some of my favorite recipes from my grandma were rich with basil.

I was intrigued by TJ's cauliflower gnocchi because gnocchi is a dish that I love, but it's not necessarily the healthiest or vegan (traditional gnocchi is made with potato, flour, egg, salt). The ingredients of this gnocchi are: cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, evoo, sea salt -- not too bad!

What you'll need for this recipe:

  • 1 package of Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi  (they're in the freezer section of your local TJ's)
  • Two TBS of lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 packed cups of fresh basil leaves (or more if you desire)
  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts (or walnuts...neither of which I had, so I used raw cashews!)
  • 1/4 cup of EVOO
  • 3 heaping TBS of nutritional yeast (that's what gives that "cheesy" taste)
  • Pinch of S+P

Let's make it.

Cook the gnocchi according to the package instructions.

While your gnocchi are cooking, let's make the pesto. For your pesto, add add your lemon juice and garlic to your food processor, and mix until the garlic is chopped. Add your basil and nuts and pulse a few times to mix everything together. Then, with your processor running on high, begin to slowly drizzle the olive into the mixture and continue mixing until your desired consistency is reached.

Leaving your cooked gnocchi in the pan, add a few table spoons of your pesto to the gnocchi and stir to combine. Whenever I'm cooking a pasta dish, I love adding my sauce to the pan with my pasta (or in this case gnocchi) because it warms up the sauce and coats all of the food with flavor.

I served my gnocchi with a side of roasted asparagus and that was it! Super easy and super comforting.

Have you tried TJ's cauliflower gnocchi? Let me know what you made it with!

Mary Beth Mannino