Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Basil Baked Gnocchi (GF) with a Basil Pesto Dressing



This is a gorgeous starter or as side for Italian Roasted Chicken etc.  The baking of the gnocchi gives it a crispy outside and a light and fluffy inside.  The basil pesto dressing just tops it off and can be used with many other dishes.


Serves 8 as a starter.

Macros for Gnocchi:  Calories 328, Fat 8.1g, Carbs 56.6g, Fiber 4.4g and Protein 6.7g

Macros for Basil Pesto Dressing: Calories 214, Fat 20.7g, Carbs 0.6g, Fiber 0.3g and Protein 6.3g

Ingredients for the Gnocchi:

  • 800g Sweet Potato
  • 250g White Potato
  • 400g Gluten Free Flour (350g Plain Flour if not Gluten Intolerant)
  • 50g Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Large Handful of Basil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic Finely Chopped
  • 25g Unsalted Butter

Ingredients for Basil Pesto Dressing:

  • 100g Pine Nuts
  • 100g Parmesan
  • 30g Fresh Basil
  • 75ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt to season

You will need:

  • Large Pan
  • Colander
  • Large Bowl
  • Potato Ricer
  • Measuring Scales / Spoons
  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Kettle
  • Spatula
  • Fish Slice
  • Plate
  • Pre heated Grill
  • Roasting Tin


  • Put your sweet potato and white potato into a pan of salted water, bring to the boil and boil for 15 minutes until cooked

  • Drain in a colander

  • Put the potatoes back in the pan, add cold water and leave for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle and strain again

  • Peel the potatoes.  The skins should peel of really easily.

  • Put them through the potato rice into a large bowl

  • Until all have been done

  • Finely chop your basil and garlic and add to the potato mix

  • Add the parmesan cheese and then with a spatula or by hand mix

  • Until it looks like this

  • Add the flour and mix by hand or by spatula

  • Until you have a dough that looks like this

  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil

  • Out of your gnocchi dough roll up small little oblong rugby type balls to shape your gnocchi.

  • When water is boiling, drop in your gnocchi (in batches) and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until your gnocchi has risen to the surface

  • Remove the gnocchi from the pan with a fish slice, strain and place on a plate until all batches cooked

  • Put your butter into the baking tray and place under a medium hot grill until butter melted.

    Add your gnocchi and toss in the melted butter

    Grill for roughly 6 minutes either side until golden.

  • Whilst gnocchi under grill add all the basil pesto dressing ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth

    Season to taste

  • When gnocchi is golden all over, remove from the grill, serve and drizzle the basil pesto dressing over it.



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