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Gnocchi Melts, Steamed Veg, and Rocket Pesto

1 hr

4 Servings

Gnocchi Melts, Steamed Veg, and Rocket Pesto


knife, chopping board, saucepan with a steamer if poss, (or 2nd saucepan) grater, mixing bowl, frying pan, hand blender.


  • Set a large pot of boiling water on the stove, with steamer attachment.

  • Add all the pesto ingredients to a blender and blend till a smooth paste, season with salt and pepper, set aside.

  • Make the gnocchi by removing the skin from the cooked potato, and transferring the flesh to a mixing bowl, with the flour and 50g grated pecorino/ parmesan.

  • With a fork, mash the potato with the flour, adding more flour if needed to achieve a light, soft dough (still slightly sticky in the middle).

  • Chop herbs and roll them into the dough, with a little salt and pepper.

  • Tip the dough onto a floured surface and divide into 4 portions, rolling out each into a thick log shape.

  • Cut each into 4, and flatten out into rounds. Press a piece of cheese in the centre and fold over, creating a flattened ball shape. Lightly dust with flour and press down with the back of a fork to create ridges on one side.

  • Tip 4/ 6 pieces of gnocchi into the boiling water at a time, and cook until the gnocchi rise to the surface or the water comes back to the boil. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain.

  • Once all gnocchi is boiled, add green veg to the steamer and cook for 5 minutes.

  • In a frying pan, add olive oil and a little butter, then the gnocchi and cook for 2/3 mins both sides, or until lightly browned. Half the tomatoes and add these face down to the pan to cook alongside the gnocchi.

  • In a serving bowl, add the steamed veg, drizzled with a little pesto, then add 3/ 4 pieces of gnocchi and a few tomatoes, topped with a little more pesto and a light dusting of parmesan/ pecorino cheese. Enjoy!



PREP AHEAD!! 500g sweet potato (1 large) cooked whole with skin.

(1 hr at 190c / 8 minutes in the microwave)

150g spelt / plain flour 

50g parmesan/ pecorino grated

50g mozzarella ball, cut into small, flat squares (5 cm2)

Small handful rosemary/sage/ thyme chopped finely

100g green veg of choice

Broccoli/ beans/ spinach/ kale

A handful of cherry tomatoes

Rocket pesto

150g rocket

50g parmesan/ pecorino

1 clove garlic

50g sunflower/ pumpkin seeds

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

150 ml olive oil

Season with salt and pepper 

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