How you can easily cook a Gnocchi Pan with 3+ Variations of Pesto yourself!

Now I would like to introduce you to my Gnocchi Pan with Pesto. A seasonal dish that delights with its simplicity.

In spring I am very excited, then I can go to the forest and collect wild garlic. Fortunately I don’t have far to go for it. If you can’t collect wild garlic in this time of year, just buy it. In summer and autumn I switch to basil pesto and in between I process carrot green into a wonderful sauce.

You can prepare the gnocchi for our dish yourself. So only tested quality comes on the plate!

Stay culinary inspired – I hope you enjoy cooking!

Gnocchi with Butter and Sage I will show you this recipe in another post. © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. How do you make Potato Gnocchi yourself?

The dough for homemade potato dumplings consists of grated or finely pressed, cooked potatoes.

The list of ingredients is clear:

  1. Floury, boiled potatoes
  2. One quarter to one third flour as a proportion
  3. One egg (optional)
  4. A little bit of salt
  5. Freshly grated nutmeg

I have already published the step by step instructions elsewhere: Have a look at Making Gnocchi yourself. Try it out, it’s easy and fast!

Gnocchi Basic Recipe brings homemade small dumplings into your kitchen. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2. If you want to speed Things up

If you don’t have time to knead the dough, you can also buy the potato gnocchi in the supermarket or in the Italian Alimantari specialty shop. Uncooked goods are better than pre-cooked ones, but at the same time I would prefer Italian brands in the selection.  

Bought gnocchi, if you just want it to be quick.

3. Pesto in 3 Variations to choose from

For this dish I have already prepared three sauce variations for you, maybe more will follow. Please let yourself be inspired by the market offer and enjoy the following ideas…

Wild Garlic Pesto

Well, wild garlic pesto is not ready in the cooler. A homemade wild garlic pesto is therefore something very special!

In Germany the bear’s garlic is in season from March to the end of May. With a little luck you can even get fresh bear’s garlic in the supermarket. Maybe you will also visit the local weekly market and find what you are looking for there.

In spring I go to the local deciduous forest or mixed forest. There the bear’s garlic grows best. It really doesn’t get any fresher than that!

The leaves of wild garlic are lancet-shaped and grow on a triangular, slightly rounded stem, which measures between five and 20 mm in length. The leaves themselves are up to 25 cm long and between 2-5 cm wide. The ramson leaves have a matt dark green leaf top.

So that confusion with the poisonous lily of the valley, for example, is impossible, please smell the plant: it smells delicately of garlic!

Wild Garlic Pesto is the perfect companion to this meal.

Basil Pesto

We know this delicious basil sauce mostly through a popular dish, the spaghetti with pesto genovese. You need lots of fresh basil, roasted pine nuts, olive oil and finely grated parmesan. The preparation with step by step photos I show you at the recipe Pesto.

Prepared ingredients for basil pesto in a blender jug. The Pesto Recipe shows you how to step by step!

Carrot Green Pesto

I have saved an extremely exciting sauce variant until the end! It is carrot green pesto and that is really something ingenious! Yes, you can eat the green of the carrot and it tastes wonderful refined to the cold sauce. Just try the Carrot Green Pesto and surprise your loved ones with a new creation!

For the Carrot Green Pesto I like to use walnut. Refined with cheese and olive oil this sauce has potential to become a favourite dip. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer Camera EOS RP

4. Recipe Gnocchi Pan with Pesto

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4.78 from 9 votes
4.78 from 9 votes
Gnocchi Pan with 3 Variants Pesto
Gnocchi pan in variations with three different pesto variants. Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Gnocchi, Main Courses, Starter & Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Persons
Calories: 538kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Gnocchi basic recipe
  • 500 g floury potatoes e.g. Ackersegen or Bintje
  • 150 g flour this is also available gluten-free.
  • 1 pc egg
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 3 pinches nutmeg
  • 10-20 pc wild garlic leaves alternatively carrot green or basil
  • 100 ml oliv oil
  • 2 tbs pine nuts alternatively walnuts, cashews or almonds
  • 2-3 tbs parmesan finely grated
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches pepper
  • 20 g clarified butter
  • 50 g grated parmesan
Gnocchi basic recipe
  • To make the gnocchi dough, cook floury potatoes as jacket potatoes for about 20 minutes. Pour off the cooked potatoes, let them evaporate and let them rest over night.
    The next day, remove the skin from the tubers and place a suitable high saucepan on the stove with about 2 litres of water and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to the boil.
  • Now grate the cold potatoes with a tower grater or put them through a potato press.
  • Pick up the potato mixture with the dough scraper and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the grated potatoes with flour and egg. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Quickly knead the mixture with your floured hands and form a dough ball.
  • Sprinkle some flour on a large wooden board and roll sausages as thick as a man's thumb out of the dough.
  • From the dough sausages now cut off approx. 1 cm large pieces with a sharp knife.
  • Either press in the gnocchi pattern with a long fork or roll the dough buttons over the back of the fork.
  • Put the gnocchi into the boiling water and let them steep for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Scoop the small dumplings out of the water with a skimmer.
Wild garlic pesto
  • Clean fresh wild garlic.
  • Roast the pine nuts dry in a pan.
  • Crush wild garlic leaves, oil and roasted pine nuts with a hand blender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Put the wild garlic pesto aside.
Dressing and serving
  • Finely grate the parmesan.
  • Heat the clarified butter in a pan. Add the freshly cooked gnocchi to the pan and lightly toast them.
    Remove the pan from the heat and add the wild garlic pesto to the gnocchi, lift the dumplings out of the gnocchi pan with a tablespoon and place them on the plate.
    Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the gnocchi and enjoy!

5. Calories and Nutritional Values

Nutrition Facts
Gnocchi Pan with 3 Variants Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 1124mg49%
Potassium 1185mg34%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 19g38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6. Further, suitable Cooking Ideas

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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!