Vegan Toasted Gnocchi al Pesto

Vegan Toasted Gnocchi al Pesto


A quick and easy Italian meal that’s sure to please. This vegan toasted gnocchi al pesto is comforting and bursting with flavor. Plus, it’s vegan and a snap to make. 


Gnocchi with Texture!

Soft and fluffy gnocchi is transformed into a total mouth experience. By simply sautéing the boiled gnocchi in a pan, traditionally soggy gnocchi becomes crispy on the outside and soft and pillowing on the inside. In other words, AMAZING! 


A Vibrant Vegan Pesto Sauce

One of the best things to do with a bounty of fresh basil is to make a quick pesto sauce at home. With only a handful of ingredients, you can have a bright and fresh sauce for pasta or a flavorful condiment to drizzle on pizza, roasted vegetables, or even a salad. But our personal favorite is when it’s served with crispy toasted potato gnocchi.

This vegan pesto is the good ol’ classic. It is made with nutty pine nuts, fresh basil, garlic, and lots of vegan parmesan cheese. But even though it only requires 4 ingredients, this simple sauce explodes with flavor.  



  • Gluten-Free Potato Gnocchi or Traditional Potato Gnocchi  Pillowy and filling. But, when toasted they become crispy and soft at the same time. 
  • Fresh Basil  –  The most important ingredient for this pesto. Flowery, fragrant and full of flavor
  • Pine Nuts  – Add protein but also makes this pesto recipe worth eating. You won’t forget this anytime soon. 
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese  –  It doesn’t matter if it is vegan or not. Cheese in pesto adds flavor and most of all… salt. Which brings all the flavors together. 
  • Garlic  –  Everyone needs garlic but pesto needs garlic big time and this pesto is no different. 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil  –  Oil makes this blend and sauce. It also acts as a preservative, creating an air proof seal preventing the basil from turning brown.


FAQ & Toasted Gnocchi al Pesto Tips:

  • Is there a possible substitution for the pine nuts? 

    • Yes. Although pine nuts (also known as pignoli) are delicious, they are also expensive. If you prefer, you can substitute them with toasted walnuts instead.
  • How long will the vegan pesto keep

    • If you have extra pesto, put it in an airtight container and cover the top of it completely with olive oil. It will then last in the refrigerator for at least two weeks.  
  • Make it Easy. 

    • To cut down on the preparation time, store-bought vegan pesto can also be used.  This will allow the meal to be ready in a snap.
  • Easy toasting. 

    • For perfectly roasted gnocchi, simply toss the boiled gnocchi in a small amount of olive oil.  Then, add them to a skillet and cook until they are golden brown on all sides. 


An Easy Weeknight Meal

Is there anything better than pasta? Not in our books and this incredibly easy pesto gnocchi was made for a weeknight. So satisfying and a snap to make. Enjoy! 

Finally, if you have made this gnocchi al pesto recipe, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!



Ingredients for vegan toasted gnocchi al pesto  Pine nuts toasting in a skillet

Vegan pesto ingredients in a food processor  Vegan pesto in a food processor

Gnocchi floating to the top of the boiling water once cooked  Gnocchi toasting in a skillet

Vegan toasted gnocchi al pesto on a white plate  Vegan toasted gnocchi al pesto garnished with pine nuts and fresh basil


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Vegan toasted gnocchi al pesto garnished with pine nuts and fresh basil

Vegan Toasted Gnocchi al Pesto

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 10 min.
  • Total Time: 20 min.
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Food Processor, Boil, Toast
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


A quick and easy Italian meal that’s sure to please. This vegan toasted gnocchi al pesto is comforting and bursting with flavor.


  • 2 Cups Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Vegan Parmesan
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp Pine Nuts (Toasted)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (Peeled)
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (+ 1 Tbsp for toasting the gnocchi)
  • 17.6 oz. Store Bought Gluten-Free Potato Gnocchi or Homemade


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While the water is heating, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Stir  frequently until golden brown. Set aside 1 Tbsp of the toasted pine nuts for garnish. 
  2. Next add the basil ingredients, except for the olive oil, to a food processor. Run the processor on low and slowly add the olive oil until very smooth and loose. Approx 1/2 cup. 
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and boil until the gnocchi floats to the top of the water. Approx. 2 minutes. Drain the gnocchi and toss to coat with 1 Tbsp of oil. 
  4. Toast the gnocchi. Add the coated gnocchi to a frying pan heated over medium heat. Allow to cook tossing occasionally until the cooked gnocchi is crispy and golden brown. 
  5. Plate the warm toasted gnocchi and top with dollops of freshly blended pesto. Garnish with vegan Parmesan, extra toasted pine nuts and fresh basil. Enjoy!
  6. Refrigerate any leftover gnocchi separately from the pesto in airtight containers. Add a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto to help preserve it. It will last up to two weeks and can be added to pizza, pasta, and more. The toasted gnocchi will keep for up to 5 days.


  • A 17.6 oz package of gnocchi will serve 4, however, the pesto will serve 10-12. When covered with oil, it will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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