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Pesto Cauliflower Gnocchi

Yes… you read that right, cauliflower gnocchi. This is a semi-homemade meal thanks to Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s has frozen cauliflower gnocchi and it is the biggest hit not only with us, but most people all around the nation. It has the perfect texture and with the right sauce, taste exactly like traditional gnocchi. We used coach Bailey’s homemade pesto sauce and it was perfecccttt. Great for a side dish to any meal or to have by itself with some extra protein of course!

We pan sear the gnocchi with olive oil until cooked through and slightly crisp on top. Trader Joe’s directions say to boil. We find it is much better pan-fried!

⅓ cup raw walnuts OR pine nuts, almonds, pecans or pepitas.
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves (about 3 ounces or 2 large bunches)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine the basil, nuts or seeds, Parmesan, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt in a food processor. Process until the mixture is well blended but has some texture, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.
Taste, and adjust if necessary. Add a pinch of salt if the basil is too bitter or add more Parmesan if you’d like a creamier/cheesier pesto. If desired, you can thin out the pesto with more olive oil. Toss sauce with gnocchi and serve immediately! Enjoy!