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This creamy pesto gnocchi recipe makes a fantastic side dish or meatless main course. It’s super easy (made in one pan) and takes only 20 minutes from start to finish!

pesto gnocchi in a white bowl

The pesto parmesan sauce in this recipe is super simple and really good. I also went ahead and added some extra garlic. Naturally. And a splash of white wine! If this recipe is looking somewhat familiar, I also have a Creamy Pesto Shrimp Gnocchi recipe, but I figured that having it as a standalone recipe (without the shrimp) would be a good idea too.

For all my one pan gnocchi recipes I use shelf-stable gnocchi (find it in the pasta aisle). The refrigerated kind works too. As it cooks, it releases starch that thickens up the sauce. I don’t pre-cook it prior to adding it to the sauce. Super easy and fewer dishes to wash! I don’t recommend using homemade gnocchi because the one pan method can make it fall apart, so I would make the sauce separately if you want to go that route.

Love pesto? Try my Sausage Pesto Pasta, Easy Pesto Pasta, or this Pesto Pan-fried Sausage and Potatoes Skillet.

uncooked gnocchi on a white background

Recipe notes & tips:

  • I’m big on grating my own parmesan cheese… it just tastes and melts better. I used this cheese grater (I have a slightly older model) for this recipe. Microplane graters work great too!
  • I used DeLallo brand pesto (I had some left over from a shipment they sent me for a sponsored post, but this post is not sponsored… I just love their products). You could also use homemade pesto if you prefer or whatever your favorite brand is!
  • I’m not particularly loyal to any brand of gnocchi. I just buy whatever my grocery store happens to have. I’ve tried a few brands over the years (I’m in Canada and there isn’t tons of gnocchi selection here) and they’re pretty similar to each other.

close-up of creamy pesto gnocchi

More delicious gnocchi side dishes:

creamy pesto gnocchi in a skillet

Questions about this easy pesto gnocchi recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

pesto gnocchi in a white bowl
4.93 from 39 votes

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi

This creamy pesto gnocchi recipe makes a fantastic side dish or meatless main course. It's super easy (made in one pan) and takes only 20 minutes from start to finish!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the pesto, cream, wine, and garlic to a deep skillet over medium heat.
  • Once the sauce starts to gently bubble, stir in the gnocchi. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and give it a good stir. Continue to cook it for a couple more minutes, stirring often (the sauce will thicken quickly as the gnocchi releases more starch).
  • Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, stir in the parmesan cheese. If the sauce gets too thick at any point, add in another splash of wine or cream. Season with extra salt & pepper as needed and serve immediately.


  • Serves 4-6 as a side dish. 
  • The gnocchi cooks right in the sauce. No need to pre-boil it! The starch released helps thicken the sauce up quickly.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 517kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 744mg, Potassium: 71mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1295IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 228mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I use milk and it’s still creamy as the gnocchi thickens the liquid. I add sautéed mushrooms, shrimp or tomatoes at the end for variety. Thanks for the fun, easy recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy to follow recipe that leads to a delicious meal. Chopped up Baby Bella mushrooms + roma tomatoes and added them during the first step just to add a twist to it! Ended up needing to add more wine to compensate but the end result was phenom! Found a new favorite quick and easy dish!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made it and it was an amazing meal! I followed the instructions but needed to adjustment the amount because I’m not familiar with imperial measurements. New weekly meal unlock!!

  4. 3 stars
    It was ok. Too much basil for me. I even muted the basil with a sundried tomato pesto. But I now have a new plan for this recipe without pesto.

  5. Is there a difference between freshly made gnocchi and the uncooked packaged kind you buy in the store? Will it cook the same in the sauce or should I cook beforehand if handmaking the gnocchi? I am worried they will be too soft if I add them right away to the sauce without boiling them.

    1. There sure is. I wouldn’t use this with homemade gnocchi… I actually discuss this in the blog post – I guess you must’ve missed reading that part. Hope you love the recipe! Let me know how it goes.