Avocado Pesto Gnocchi

The simplest dishes are often the best.  If, like many of us, you’re trying to eat less meat, then this easy healthy gnocchi is the recipe for you.  It has the added advantage of being a lovely, creamy pasty without all the usual calorie culprits.  Enjoy it with a crisp glass of pinot gris and your meal will be a complete joy.

Time: 6 minutes 

Serves: 2 generously 


  • 1 ripe avocado

  • A handful of basil leaves

  • 1–2 garlic cloves

  • 35 g (1 oz/¼ cup) pine nuts

  • 400 g (14 oz) gnocchi

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 

Tool kit:

  • food processor or blender

  • large saucepan 

Boil a full kettle.

Peel the garlic cloves and place in the food processor or blender.

Scoop in the avocado flesh and add the pine nuts, basil, 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and some salt and black pepper. Blitz until smooth.

Pour the boiling water into the saucepan, season generously with fine sea salt, and add the gnocchi.

Cook according to the packet instructions, then drain.

Stir through the avocado pesto and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Serve immediately. 

Recipe taken from Cook Fast Eat Well by Sue Quinn
Cook Fast, Eat Well shows us that cooking dinner doesn’t have to mean long lists of ingredients and hours in the kitchen.  It features over 160 recipes, all healthy and fast without compromising on flavour. Sue is a respected Australian cookbook author and food writer with an emphasis on healthy recipes.  Sue’s recipes and articles have appeared in leading food publications including Delicious and BBC Good Food magazine.

Cook Fast, Eat Well by Sue Quinn (Murdoch Books RRP $35.00)


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