Gnocchi with Kale Walnut Pesto



Directions Gnocchi: 

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Scrub and wash the potatoes thoroughly, dry, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender. 

Remove from the oven and cool slightly until you can handle them. Peel off the skins. 

Grate the potatoes with a cheese grater or put them through a Ricer. Remove any tough pieces. 

Put the potatoes on a large, clean board and form them into a nest/bowl shape. Sprinkle the top with the flour and salt and pour the olive oil in the center. 

Mix the olive oil into the potatoes and flour using a fork or your hands. Knead until it comes together to form a soft dough. All the ingredients should be incorporated, but do not over-knead or the potatoes will become tough. Form into a ball, and keep moist. 

Cut off a piece of the dough and roll it into a long thin log. Cut the log into 3/4-inch pieces. 

Vegan Gnocchi with Kale Walnut Pesto Cont.: 

Roll each piece across a gnocchi board or across the tines of a fork. You can also skip this step, but it helps hold the sauce on the gnocchi. 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add in about a 1/3 of the gnocchi and cook just until they float to the surface. Using a slotted spoon, lift the gnocchi from the water and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have cooked all the gnocchi. 

Directions Kale Pesto: 

Gather the ingredients. Add the spinach, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, Walnuts, and salt to a food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as its blending. Blend until the sauce is finely chopped and mostly smooth.  

Toss the gnocchi with the pesto and serve with a sprinkle of Vegan Parmesan if you wish.

Nutritional information

  • 4 portions
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  • Russet Potatoes          2.5 Lbs. 
  • All Purpose Flour         1.5 oz. 
  • Salt ½ Tbs 
  • Olive Oil 3 Tbs (maybe more) 


Kale Walnut Pesto:  

  • Frozen Kale, Thawed and Drained ½ Lbs. 
  • Walnuts. Shelled 1/3 Cup 
  • Fresh Basil Leaves 2 Cups 
  • Garlic, Chopped 3 Tbs 
  • Red Star Nutritional Yeast, Flakes 2 Tbs 
  • Salt 1 Tsp 
  • Olive Oil 3Tbs