Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

Gnocchi, small Italian dumplings made with potatoes, are a hearty alternative to pasta. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add gnocchi to pan; cook 4 minutes or until done (gnocchi will rise to surface). Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon; place in a large bowl. Add asparagus and shrimp to pan; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Drain. Add shrimp mixture to gnocchi.

Step 2

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water, basil, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides. Drizzle oil through food chute with food processor on; process until well blended. Add salt and basil mixture to shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Always good

July 30, 2016
Have made this several times.  Super easy.  I've even substituted purchased pesto - though I prefer to make my own because it is much less oily - in a pinch.  Definitely a keeper recipe.

very tasty!

September 16, 2015
this was simple and good.  almost comfort food.   used chicken, roasted my asparagus with a red pepper.  used refrigerator pesto.   this is a recipe that you could substitute many food items and still be a fine meal.

hallda01's Review

May 20, 2014

Melizzza's Review

September 13, 2013

davidz's Review

March 24, 2013
I liked this dish. I used minced garlic cloves instead of minced garlic from a jar and although I used less than 2 teaspoons it was still a bit much. Half the amount of garlic would probably be fine. Also, the instructions on the fresh gnocchi I bought said to cook it for 30 to 40 seconds which did seem to be enough even though the recipe said 4 minutes. I really enjoyed the food and I will definitely make this again.

EllenDeller's Review

March 17, 2013
Yes, good, but when you saute the shrimp and aspargus with garlic in a big skillet, then stir in the cooked gnocchi. Top with chopped fresh basil and pine nuts.

DeniseChulik's Review

July 05, 2012
OMG, this is good. I was in a hurry and couldn't fine pine nuts, so I used walnuts; also, I just chopped and mixed up everything rather than making a pesto sauce. It looks fabulous and TASTES fabulous. It was good warm and it's good cold. I will make this again.

sifullerton's Review

January 16, 2012
Excellent!!!! I make mine with store bought pesto and I saute the veggies and shrimp this couldn't be any better and any simpler.

nicolecorsi's Review

May 26, 2011
This recipe is All Star! It is so easy to make that it is almost ridiculous. You can change the flavor up a little by trying different pesto combos. We ate it once with a basil/pine nut pesto and then again with a dill/basil/almond variety. Excellent!

RunnerGrrl121's Review

February 20, 2011
Delicious and filling! I will definitely make this again. It is appropriate for everyday or date night in. I used a pre-made pesto, added an additional tsp. of garlic and garnished with salt, pepper, tsp. of shredded parmesan, and a tsp. of pinenuts. I had this with crusty bread and one serving was enough to satisfy my post-run hunger!