Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

Meatless Monday…Gnocchi, Spinach and Tomatoes with Pesto Sauce

on February 27, 2012

Just because you choose to go meatless on Mondays, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. I love pesto. Pretty much on anything. Home made pesto is so much more fresh, fragrant and overall healthier than packaged pesto sauces. Most importantly, it takes minutes to make. Go for it, you will be happy you tried it!!

I also love gnocchi. In case you aren’t familiar with gnocchi, they are little potato dumplings that can be substituted for pasta. I think it’s good to mix things up in the kitchen anyway 🙂

Gnocchi, Spinach and tomatoes with Pesto Sauce

For the Pesto:
4 ounces extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 ½ ounces pine nuts
2 ounces parmesan cheese
2 ounces fresh basil leaves , torn

  • Add ingredients to Vita-Mix (or other blender) in the order displayed.
  • Turn machine to Variable Speed 1, then increase quickly to Variable Speed 7.
  • Blend for 1 minute.

1 package gnocchi (I used whole wheat gnocchi made with sweet potato)

1 bag organic baby spinach

1 pint of organic grape tomatoes, halved

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

  • Cook gnocchi according to package.   Place spinach and grape tomatoes in skillet with oil and saute’ until soft.  Place gnocchi and stir until well blended.  Place everything in large bowl.  Pour pesto on top.  Top with parmesan if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/8 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 190
Total Fat 21.1g
Saturated Fat 3.6g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 394mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.8g
Dietary Fiber 2.7g
Sugars 1.4g
Protein 6.6g

Nutritional information provided by, not 100% guranteed

Please don’t forget to enter our Bob’s Red Mill contest by “liking” my Facebook page and sharing with your friends! Deadline for contest is Wednesday February 29 at 12:00 EST, U.S. Residents only.  The winner will receive Bob’s Red Mill heart healthy products! (That’s one lucky winner! 🙂 )


2 responses to “Meatless Monday…Gnocchi, Spinach and Tomatoes with Pesto Sauce

  1. angie says:

    seeing this recipe makes me want to try gnocchi even more 🙂 thank you for linking up!

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