Gnocchi with haricots verts, basil pesto and lemon zest

July 23, 2013

Gnocchi with haricots verts and basil pesto

One of my favorite things to do is to take classic recipes and give them a makeover. Take the traditional Genoese spaghetti with potatoes and pesto, for example. It’s an earthy, simple dish that can be sublime when properly executed. But how about polishing it a bit?

With that in mind, I came up with this gnocchi recipe. The ingredients are the same, but they’re reworked: The potatoes are transformed into light-as-air gnocchi. Tender, refined haricots verts, standing in for the green beans, are spiked with lemon zest, which brings a wonderful new dimension to the dish. The pesto, of course, is unchanged and envelops the gnocchi with its luxurious texture and marvelous flavor.

Of course, if making your own gnocchi seems too daunting (or if time is scarce!), you can substitute them with a dry pasta such as Cavatelli, Garganelli, Gemelli or Fusilli.

Buon appetito!

Haricots verts - green beans

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Gnocchi with haricots verts and basil pesto

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Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

foodwanderings July 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

Hi Viviane, Gnocchi is one of those dishes that you got to have a feel for make it right. This dish looks perfect. I made gnocchi a couple of times and they came out perfect but somehow I lost my touch when I made it later. It is hard to come by good gnocchi in restaurants too therefore I appreciate your posting it here so much. Shulie


Viviane July 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

Shulie! Thank you so much for your note and for stopping by. I’ve been making gnocchi for more than 20 years now, so I can make them in my sleep… but it did take a while to get them right. I hope you give them another try! Enjoy…


lisaiscooking July 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

I love basil pesto with green beans. What a great combination with the gnocchi!


Viviane July 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

Thank you, Lisa!


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